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New Tokyo Olympic stadium design selected

Sample newspaper article

建築家隈健吾氏によるデザインが、2020年東京五輪の主会場に選定されたと12月22日、政府が発表した。大手建設会社の大成建設率いる事業体が競争相手を退け、施設を建設する権利を勝ち取った。総工費は1,490億円で、国際オリンピック委員会の期日より2ヶ月早い2019年の11月に完成が予定されている。A案として知られていた隈氏の案は、植物が覆う外観が特徴で、競争相手のB案に比べて高さが5メートル低い。近隣の明治神宮外苑の景観との調和を保てるように入念に デザインされている。収容人数は6万8000人で、サッカーワールド カップの決勝戦などを行う場合は、最大8万人に増やすことが可能 となる。 (Dec. 23)

Words and phrases

建築家 (kenchikuka) architect; 東京五輪 (Tōkyō Gorin) Tokyo Olympic; 主会場 (shukaijō) main stadium; 選定された (sentei-) picked; 政府 (seifu) government; 発表した (happyō-) announced; 大手建設会社 (ōte kensetsu-gaisha) construction giant; 大成建設 (Taisei Kensetsu) Taisei Corp.; 率いる (hiki-) led; 事業体 (jigyōtai) joint venture; 競争相手 (kyōsōaite) rival; 施設 (shisetsu) facility; 権利 (kenri) right; 勝ち取った (ka-tot-) won; 総工費 (sōkōhi) total construction cost; 期日 (kijitsu) deadline; 完成 (kansei) completion; 予定され (yotei-) estimates; 植物 (shokubutsu) plant; 覆う (ō-) covered; 外観 (gaikan) facade; 特徴 (tokuchō) feature; 高さ (taka-) height; 低い (hiku-) lower; 近隣の (kinrin-) neighboring; 明治神宮外苑 (Meiji Jingū Gaien) Meiji Jingu Gaien; 景観 (keikan) landscape; 調和 (chōwa) harmony; 保てる (tamo-) maintain; 入念に (nyūnen-) carefully; 収容人数 (shūyōninzū) capacity; 決勝戦 (kesshōsen) finals: 最大 (saidai) at most; 増やす (fu-) raised; 可能となる (kanō-) can be

Sample radio or television report

Kenchikuka Kuma Kengo-shi-ni yoru dezain-ga, 2020-nen Tōkyō Gorin-no shukaijō-ni sentei-sareta-to 12-gatsu 22-nichi, seifu-ga happyō-shimashita. Ōte kensetsu-gaisha-no Taisei Kensetsu-hiki’iru jigyōtai-ga kyōsōaite-o shirizoke, shisetsu-o kensetsu-suru kenri-o kachitorimashita. Sōkōhi-wa 1,490-oku-en-de, Kokusai Orinpikku I’inkai-no kijitsu-yori nikagetsu hayai 2019-nen-no 11-gatsu-ni kansei-ga yotei sarete-imasu. Ei-an-to-shite shirareteita Kuma-shi-no an-wa, shokubutsu-ga ōu gaikan-ga tokuchō-de, kyōsōaite-no Bii-an-ni kurabete takasa-ga 5-mētoru hikui-desu. Kinrin-no Meiji Jingū Gaien-no keikan-to-no chōwa-o tamoteru yō-ni nyūnen-ni dezain-sarete-imasu. Shūyōninzū-wa 6-man hassen-nin-de, sakkā Wārudo Kappu-no kesshōsen-nado-o okonau-ba’ai-wa, saidai 8-man-nin-ni fuyasu-koto-ga kanō-to-narimasu.

Translation

A design by architect Kengo Kuma was picked as the 2020 Tokyo Olympic main stadium, after a joint venture led by construction giant Taisei Corp. won the right to build the facility over a rival proposal, the government announced on Dec. 22. Kuma’s proposal, formally known as design A, estimates that the total cost will be ¥149 billion and construction will be completed by November 2019, two months earlier than the deadline set by the International Olympic Committee. The proposal features a plant-covered facade and is 5 meters lower in height than the rival proposal, design B. It has been carefully designed to maintain harmony with the natural landscape of the neighboring Meiji Jingu Gaien area. The stadium will have a capacity of 68,000, which can be raised to 80,000 at most to host World Cup soccer finals.

Conversation between acquaintances

A: Kenchikuka Kuma Kengo-shi-ni yoru dezain-ga 2020-nen Tōkyō Gorin-no shukaijō-ni sentei-sareta-sō-desu-ne .

(I heard that a design by architect Kengo Kuma was picked for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic main stadium.)

B: Sōkōhi-wa 1,490-oku-en-de 2019-nen 11-gatsu ni kansei-ga yotei sarete-iru sō-desu-yo.

(Apparently, the estimated total construction cost will be ¥149 billion, and it will be completed by November 2019.)

Conversation between husband and wife

H: Yatto Orinpikku-no shukaijō-no dezain-ga kimatta sō-da.

(Finally, the Olympic stadium’s design has been decided, hasn’t it?)

W: Kansei-ga machidōshii-wa-ne.

(I can hardly wait for it to be finished.)

(No. 1289)