Tokyo 2020 stadium architect Zaha Hadid (Getty Images)
The Japan Sport Council has announced plans to scale back the area of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium.
The decision Tuesday means the floor space will be down-sized by one-quarter to 220,000 square meters, cutting costs from 300 billion yen to 180 billion yen ($1.8 billion), according to an AFP report.
This figure is nearly is nearly 40 percent above the government's initial estimates for the 80,000-capacity stadium that will serve the 2019 Rugby World Cup before its conversion for the 2020 Games.
The stadium designed by London-based Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, who was behind the London 2012 aquatics center, had attracted criticism since Tokyo secured the Games in September due to the impact of the stadium on its surrounds and the original cost.
“We made this plan after taking into consideration opinions" made by architect Fumihiko Maki and other critics, JSC president Ichiro Kono was quoted as saying.
Residents Move Into London Village
A resident surveys the transformed Olympic village from her new balcony. (Getty Images)
Home to 23,000 athletes and officials during last summer's Olympics, London's East Village has moved on to its next phase.
The former Olympic village is being converted into nearly 3,000 apartments and townhouses, and the residents of the first 50 will be in place by the end of the week.
"The regeneration of East London was central to the bid to host the London 2012 Games," said culture secretary Maria Miller, "and with the first residents moving into the East Village, this is further proof that the Olympic legacy is continuing to be delivered."
London mayor Boris Johnson said the neighborhoods around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park "will surely become some of the most popular places to live in the capital."