It is not the case that the recently reported cost increases are due to the design, which uses standard materials and techniques well within the capability of Japanese contractors, and meets the budget set by the Japan Sports Council.

Jim Heverin, project director of Zaha Hadid Architects, responding to news that Japan will start from scratch to design a new Olympic stadium to replace the one designed by award-winning architect Zaha Hadid. (AP) Read

Usually when you are about to do something potentially annoying, you become aware that other people are looking at you, so you restrain yourself. But with selfie sticks, people are concentrating on the smartphone screen, so they tend not to see what’s around them.

Shin Nakamura, a professor of social psychology at Edogawa University. Selfie sticks are being banned by a growing number of museums, theme parks and other places due to worries those taking so-called selfies will bump… Read

It’s more important to choose how people live than what kind of house they live in. How people live means how they spend their spare time, what kind of services are available when people come to need nursing care, how residents support each other, and so on.

Meiji University Prof Mariko Sonoda, expert on housing policy for the elderly. There are many towns where residents are aging faster than surrounding areas, and it has become difficult to maintain community services and daily… Read

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