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Bones of 187 human bodies discovered near Tokyo’s new Olympic stadium

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By grape Japan

Information has surfaced that bones of 187 human bodies were discovered in the preparation phase before construction began on the National Stadium which will be used in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Construction on the stadium is scheduled to end in December 2019.

According to a report from TV Asahi TV, the 187 bodies, which comprised both men and women and ranged from infancy to advanced ages, were discovered between 2013 and 2015 during the preparation phase of the stadium's construction. The bodies are believed to have been buried in the graveyard of a Buddhist temple which previously existed at the construction site from 1732 to 1919.

According to Kenichi Shinoda, Anthropology Research Director at the National Museum of Nature and Science: "Over the last ten years or so, with big development projects and the Olympics, human bones have been unearthed at a rapidly growing rate, and we haven't been able to keep up."

This year alone, bones of nearly 1,000 human bodies were discovered at another construction site.

Experts say that such human remains are invaluable for research since they can provide insight into Edo period lifestyles. The Ministry of Culture plans to include the construction of a storage facility for human remains in next year's budget appropriation request.

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But the discovery did nothing to stop the construction did it? And all along here I thought there was a law that prevented any construction from moving along when it came across any potential archaeological sites?

Least wise that was one of the excuses used down here in Okinawa when remains were found at a US Military site, and it held up the return of the property for at least a decade!

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This is coming out 6 years after first discovered. Now that is a clear example for controlling the media. No freedom of the press here. Would love to know how they kept the ones who made the discovery quiet for so long.

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No wonder. Many people may be living above the cemetery which used to be there a long time ago.

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Aly RustomToday  08:31 am JST

This is coming out 6 years after first discovered. Now that is a clear example for controlling the media. No freedom of the press here.

Be careful. The right wing trolls here will accuse you of Japan bashing

Not Japan bashing at all. I'm not Japanese so it is not my place to bash it. Perhaps there was a logical reason for not reporting it.

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So the story is only coming to light now?

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But!! If some enviro-terrorist finds out that the endangered small tortoiseshell butterfly likes to eat sap from trees on your property, your entire construction project will be shut down with threat of jail if you violate the order.

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Not Japan bashing at all. I'm not Japanese so it is not my place to bash it. Perhaps there was a logical reason for not reporting it.

Mate, I agree with you. I was just being sarcastic. Cheers!

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Yep, stadium BUILT, "news" released...….control indeed!!

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Perhaps this would explain why the Olympics seem to have been cursed so far.

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Dig a hole anywhere in Japan and some kind of archeology is unearthed.

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Great - a haunted stadium!

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Anybody remember "Poltergiest"?

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Construction site? There used to be another stadium there!

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I'm very surprised that engineering company did not do any land survey before starting the construction and causing delay, disappointed.

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Wonder how many of these bodies found were decapitated people due to rival samurai raids. These sites are occasionally unearthed here in Japan.

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According to other sources, the remains were found when the Tokyo Metropolitan Archaeological Center investigated the area from 2013 to 2015 when the previous stadium that was at the site was demolished.

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Isn't that how the Poltergeist movie started? This should be an interesting Olympics.

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Relax, folks. This happens all the time.

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/23827627/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/iron-age-bones-found-olympic-site-london/

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-skeletons/ancient-mass-grave-found-on-olympics-site-idUKTRE55B2TH20090612

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Toasted Heretic is right, most large development projects in large cities, especially ones with a long history, turn up lots of archeology. Instead of hiding it they should have made a feature of it, showing Tokyo residents their history and so involving them in the project.

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Starting in 2020 instead of Shibuya the big Halloween party should move to the new stadium!

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Rebury with respect.

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Starting in 2020 instead of Shibuya the big Halloween party should move to the new stadium!

with the following theme song!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssN2_B7351U

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