The Japan Sports Council gave a progress report on the new National Stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Thursday, saying the project is 100 per cent complete with two years to go before the opening ceremony.

The construction was more than a year behind schedule when it started in December 2016, as an earlier stadium plan was scrapped because it was expensive, but employees have been worked to the bone to ensure a cheaper stadium was built in short time.

“They can start working 12 hours a day on something else,” says JSC’s Tadashi Mochizushi.

“Like more roads.”

The JSC says the construction site had about 3,000 workers on an average day but that fluctuated due to “human accidents” from overwork.