The Two Towers
Does Tokyo need another cloud burster? Tokyo Sky Tree, which locates on Sumida-ku, Tokyo and is as known as the new Tokyo tower, is planed to open in spring 2012 with height of 634 meters (2,080ft).
Contrary to a popular myth built up by older generations, the presence of the new tower allows us to have a glimpse into the deep-rooted Japanese thought built up by the dramatic postwar rise to catapult their nation into the second economic power in the world for a half century in the hope of the return of the Japanese glory days.
Since 1958, the first Tokyo Tower locating on Minato-ku, Tokyo, which has height of 332.5 meters (820ft) had been the tallest construction in Japan before the Tokyo Sky Tree surpassed the height of it as well as roles as a broadcaster of the media outlets, including TVs and radios; and what's more the first tower represents and symbolizes the economic growth and the economic power of Japan after the end of the World War II. Across the ages, Tokyo Tower, however, has become less represented with the rise of other skyscrapers.
Tobu Railway, the owner of Tokyo Sky Tree holds up a hope on the tower to be the new broadcaster and the great commercial development of its peripheral area as the massive tower is the pivot. However, in this technologically advanced age, do people really need another sky burster?
Additionally and most importantly, structures in Tokyo are exposed to a great risk, earthquakes: the hardest catastrophe to ignore. According to the research of Munich Re, a German insurance company, Tokyo topped the list of riskiest cities by natural disasters. Historically, great earthquakes has attacked Tokyo and its peripheral cities on a periodic basis. Not only earthquakes; eruption of Mt. Fuji has ability to benumb the capital functions.
Do they have any reason to build such a fancy tower in Tokyo again?
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