Tokyo approves demolition plan for historic Jingu Stadium despite public protests

On Friday, the Tokyo government approved a redevelopment plan that will demolish the historic baseball stadium and uproot trees donated in honor of Japan’s Emperor Meiji. This step was called “shameful” by opponents.

The project, which environmentalists say also threatens the ginkgo tree boulevard, sparked protests among citizens that included petitions with tens of thousands of signatures.

However, the Tokyo government said the plan would go ahead and Jingu Stadium and neighboring sports venues, including the home of Japanese rugby, would be bulldozed and rebuilt as part of a new high-rise complex.

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