A view of the construction site of the new national stadium after its groundbreaking ceremony in Tokyo on Dec. 11, 2016. / AFP / Behrouz MEHRI
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Tokyo held a groundbreaking ceremony Sunday for a $1.5 billion National Stadium to host the 2020 Olympic Games.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike and other dignitaries launched the construction at the site of the demolished National Stadium, which was used during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, by putting their hands on a glass sphere that rotated through pastels of the colors of the Olympic logo.Koike, Tokyo's first female governor, took office in July pledging to use her platform to host a cost-efficient and environmentally friendly 2020 Olympics.
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