In this March 5, 2015 file photo, Japan's National Stadium is dismantled for the renovation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama, File)
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The architect who oversaw the selection of plans for Japan's new Olympic stadium defended the controversial design Thursday, saying ballooning costs were not his fault even as the government appeared poised to consider cost-cutting changes.Tadao Ando, the architect who headed a committee that chose Hadid's design in a 2012 competition, said he wanted the design -- compared by critics to a spaceship and bicycle helmet -- to stay, and that the soaring costs, which rose to 252 billion yen ($2.03 billion), was not the committee's fault.Government officials have begun searching for ways to cut costs, media reports say, including changing the design or possibly even opting for a new one.Some have blamed the Pritzker Prize-winning Ando, who until Thursday had remained largely invisible, for not pinning down costs when the committee chose Hadid's design from a short list of 11 submitted by both Japanese and foreign firms.
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