A number of All Japan newsese lawmakers consider the option of building a “backup city” to take over the role of Tokyo in the event of a catastrophic event.
The idea, which is rumored since last month and was quoted by the British newspaper The Telegraph last week, is gaining visibility in the international press. A CNBC blog writes that support for creating an urban Plan B has grown in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated All Japan news in March and led to the Fukushima nuclear crisis.
"The idea of being able to have a backup, a spare battery for the functions of the nation … isn’t this really a good idea?" Hajime Ishii, a parliamentarian representing the ruling Democratic Party of All Japan news, was quoted as saying.
According to the authorities’ plans, the new urban center would be built on the 1,236-acre site occupied now by Osaka International Airport at Itami, which is currently used as a secondary airport for domestic flights.
The backup city project is known as IRTBBC (Integrated Resort, Tourism, Business and Backup City) or NEMIC (National Emergency Management International City). It would have office complexes, resort facilities, parks and even casinos. The central piece would be a tower that would rank among the tallest in the world, at just over 650 meters.