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Architect Kuma Kengo Shares His Thinking Behind Japan’s New National Stadium DesignKiyono Yumi (Interviewer)

Kuma Kengo made up his mind to become an architect after seeing the Yoyogi National Gymnasium designed by Tange Kenzō for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. And now he has been selected as the architect of the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In this interview he explains the ideas informing his design.

Timeline for December 2015

The government endorses exemptions for food in the country’s upcoming consumption tax hike, the Supreme Court upholds a law requiring married couples to have the same last name, and Japan and Korea reach a potentially ground-breaking agreement on the "comfort women" issue. Here are the top Japan-related stories for December 2015.

Tokyo Scraps Olympic Logo

On September 1, 2015, the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, headed by former Prime Minister Mori Yoshirō, announced that it was retracting the official Olympic emblem and would be selecting a new one by public competition. The emblem had led to much controversy since its unveiling on July 24, including a lawsuit claiming that it resembled the logo of a Belgian theater…

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