Facing reporters at the Japan National Press Club, Former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, head of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games' organizing committee, had much to say during a Wednesday news conference.

For approximately 90 minutes, Mori continually referenced the soaring construction costs of the Olympic facilities, while at the same time denying he was responsible for the now-rejected National Stadium project.

"Let me say this first. I have been really annoyed by this issue," Mori said.