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Japan to Create World’s First Backup City

Japan to Create World’s First Backup City
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The Japanese Government has revealed a radical plan to construct a standby city for Tokyo. The Integrated Resort, Tourism, Business and BackupCity, known as IRTBBC, will provide backup to the capital in an event of an immobilizing earthquake.

IRTBBC will incorporate all vital functions of government, with duplicate facilities for parliament and ministries. Offices complexes, resort facilities, casinos, parks, and the tallest tower in the world at 652 meters, will employ 50,000 IRTBBC residents and over 150,000 workers from the nearby city of Osaka.  The government is considering the existing 1236 acre site of the Itami Airport, located approximately 300 miles west of Tokyo.

A member of the ruling Democratic Party, Hajime Ishii, stated, “The idea is being able to have a back-up, a spare battery for the functions of the nation.”

Reference: World Architecture News

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Japan to Create World’s First Backup City" 06 Nov 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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