Security and venue buildout push spending, despite cost-cutting efforts

TOKYO — With a year to go until the opening ceremony, the budget for the Tokyo Summer Olympics and Paralympics has ballooned to 1.35 trillion yen ($12.5 billion) despite efforts to curb costs, while security and other issues boost outside expenses.

Event organizers face the task of ensuring that the games go on without a hitch while controlling costs. About 90% of the sporting venue construction has been completed, which is close to the schedule, and ticket sales have begun. The opening ceremony will be held on July 24, 2020.

Roughly 40% of the venues will be outside of Tokyo. This is a far cry from the original 2013 plan, which called for a compact Olympics placing 85% of venues within 8 km of the Olympic Village by building new facilities on the waterfront.

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