Japanese government wants to build ‘back-up’ Tokyo

The Japanese government has unveiled radical plans to build a standby city for Tokyo's political functions to move to in the event of a disabling earthquake or other natural disaster.

The back-up city, which has been codenamed IRTBBC (Integrated Resort, Tourism, Business and Backup City) will sit 300 miles west of Tokyo on the site of Itami Airport, which is politically unpopular and has been largely superceded by other airports, including Kansai and Kobe.

The site, which is approximately five square kilometres in area, will contain facilities for parliament and ministries, so that government will be able to continue in the event of a disaster. However it will also include office complexes, resort facilities, casinos and parks, as well as a 652-metre-high office building.

The infrastructure has been planned for a population of 50,000 residents (which we should note is some way short of Tokyo's population of 13 million) and a workforce of 200,000 — most of whom will commute from Osaka, Japan's second city, which the site lies to the north of.

Source: Wired.co.uk