Photo/IllutrationA committee and experts are discussing ticket prices for the 2020 Olympic Opening Ceremony that will be held in the new National Stadium currently under construction in Tokyo. (Tatsuya Shimada)

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The best seats for the Opening Ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics could cost more than 288,000 yen ($2,600) each.

The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games proposed the price limit during a May 15 meeting in the capital with a panel of experts discussing admission fees for the general public.

The lowest price of 2,000 yen for seats at the ceremony and competitions was also suggested at the meeting.

The proposed top price was based partly on ticket fees for the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in London.

However, a conclusion on prices was not reached at the meeting.

One expert said, “The range of prices should be further expanded.”

Hiroshi Kubo, president of the Yomiuri Giants professional baseball team and vice chairman at the meeting, also suggested setting higher and lower price limits for the tickets.

“We agreed that the gap in those prices should be a little bigger,” Kubo said. “I think (the concept) is to create expensive tickets so that inexpensive tickets will also be available.”

The committee will also consider cheap tickets for families and children.

The organizing committee will seek approval from the International Olympic Committee for the ticket prices at a board meeting scheduled for July. It plans to start marketing the tickets in spring 2019.