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Posted 2/29/12 , edited 2/29/12
http://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/-/world/13051217/japan-finishes-tokyo-sky-tree/

TOKYO (AFP) - Construction of the Tokyo Sky Tree, the world's tallest communications tower and second-highest building, finished Wednesday, two months late because of the quake and tsunami that struck Japan last March.

Tourist bosses in the country hope the 634-metre (2080-foot) tower will be a big draw for foreign visitors, whose numbers have plummeted in the aftermath of the disaster and the nuclear crisis it sparked.

"The construction was originally scheduled to finish in December 2011 but was delayed due to a shortage of supplies after the disaster," said a spokeswoman for the operator, adding that the finished structure is sound.

"The building was officially handed over" from contractors to the operating firm, linked with Tobu Railway Co., on Wednesday afternoon, another spokeswoman said.

Construction of the tower, near the popular Asakusa traditional district on Tokyo's eastern side, began in July 2008.

The Tokyo Sky Tree tops the 600-metre Canton Tower in China's Guangzhou and the 553-metre CN Tower in downtown Toronto.

It is the world's second-tallest manmade structure, beaten only by the 828-metre Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

Some 580,000 workers were engaged in the construction, which cost 65 billion yen ($806 million) for the tower alone, the spokeswoman said.

The Tokyo Sky Tree is expected to overshadow landmarks in the capital's upscale western parts, including the 333-metre Tokyo Tower, which was built in 1958 and became a byword in Japan for the country's rapid post-war growth.
It hosts two observation decks -- at 350 metres and 450 metres above ground -- as well as restaurants and office space and sits at a former freight shunting yard along the Sumida river.

Tower was completed a few hours ago earlier today. At a pinnacle height of 634 meters, it is the tallest tower in the world. Located in Tokyo, Japan. I would like to visit this someday





Posted 2/29/12
Looks like a huge death ray device to me.
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Nope, not me. I have a bad fear of heights. Even being in a box seat at the ball park terrifies me. If I ever visit, I'll be sure to steer clear of the windows.
Posted 2/29/12
That looks a little scary to me, how high it is up there.
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wow big tower i wonder if you can see it from space?
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Looks like my... Wait a second, I'm a girl...
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Looks like my...


...giant tampon?
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And they are just had the one year anniversary from that one earthquake and tsunami?

I see where this is going to
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Posted 2/29/12

Baka-God wrote:

And they are just had the one year anniversary from that one earthquake and tsunami?

I see where this is going to

Well according to this wiki article I'm reading:


Earthquake resistance

The tower also has state-of-the-art seismic proofing, including a central shaft made of reinforced concrete. The main internal pillar is attached to the outer tower structure to 125 meters above ground. From there until 375 meters the pillar is attached to the tower frame with oil dampers, which act as cushions during an earthquake. According to the designers, the dampers can absorb 50 percent of the energy from an earthquake.


Unless another 9.0+ magnitude earthquakes hits Japan this year again (which it hopefully won't of course), it should be ok. In any case, it would only take about 50% of the actual damage should a catastrophe happen again.
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Posted 2/29/12
It is a giant weapon for upcoming WW3.
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If......worlds collide.......this is 1 more place to go to couple up. It appears to be way longer than many generator plant chimneys. Yeaaa, Japan! Who knew?
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snuffie wrote:

Looks like my...


...giant tampon?


;D Look like you... I don't need to say.
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Posted 2/29/12
Lets hope no magnitude 10 earth quakes happen near Tokyo.
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Posted 2/29/12
Why?? That's almost half a mile tall. AND IT HAD BETTER BE QUAKE PROOF.
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snuffie wrote:


Mangasurf wrote:


snuffie wrote:

Looks like my...


...giant tampon?


;D Look like you... I don't need to say.


honestly don't know what to say hehe
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