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The government needs to pull the plug on the planned new Olympic stadium designed by the celebrity British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid.

Time is running out as wrecking balls are set to raze the iconic National Olympic Stadium this summer unless the relevant authorities come to their senses and hit the reset button. Her plan is attracting harsh criticism from the Japanese media, Japan’s leading architects, environmentalists and the public because it is an eyesore in the making that is excessive in every way and will further increase the financial burden this generation is imposing on future generations. TBS recently aired a special television program critical of the project while editorials in the Asahi and Nikkei newspapers condemn it, the latter reminding readers that in 1964 a highway was hastily constructed over the historic Nihonbashi Bridge, a folly that should not be repeated. The media campaign is having an impact as a recent Nikkei poll found that 60 percent of respondents oppose the proposed stadium.

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