Activists continue to fight for the demolition of the historic Jingu Stadium in Tokyo.

Activists seeking to preserve two historic sports venues and an iconic tree-lined avenue are engaged in a battle with the Tokyo government over redevelopment of one of the greenest districts in the center of Tokyo.

Tokyo is currently in the final stages of a plan to demolish and replace Jingu Stadium, the world’s fourth oldest baseball field still in use by a top-tier professional team, and the Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Field, Tokyo’s main rugby stadium, which has already 75 years old. venue and home of the Japan Rugby Football Union.

According to management consultant Rochelle Kopp, three different petitions to stop the project have collected nearly 150,000 signatures. Kopp initially participated in the campaign because the plan called for about 1,000 trees to be cut down – a figure that has since dwindled to about 500 in Tokyo.

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