Two years to the week that Tokyo won its bid over Istanbul and Madrid to host the 2020 Olympic Games, major stumbles in planning and preparation have caused the shining promise to take a nosedive.

The upward-creeping costs projected for the National Stadium took on the semblance of those news reports about Shinjuku night clubs, where unwary patrons were stuck with outrageous bill-padding — except that rather than hundreds of thousands of yen, stadium cost overruns were in the hundreds of millions.

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