Attraction eyed to showcase Japan’s top cities


The land ministry and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government plan to build a facility to showcase the nation’s top cities and their future prospects in cooperation with the private sector, it has been learned.

The project is aimed at raising direct investment from abroad by promoting attractive cities to foreign companies and governments, informed sources said last week.

The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry and the metro government are considering installing a huge diorama of Tokyo at the facility, which could also double as a tourist attraction, the sources said.

They aim to build the facility in Tokyo and promote cooperation with cities across the country. They hope to complete the facility in 2019, ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, the sources said.

A panel comprising officials from the ministry, the metropolitan government and private companies, such as real estate developers and railways, is expected to be established as early as this month.

After it decides on the facility’s design, size, location and cost by the end of the year, the ministry and the metropolitan government hope to launch a public-private consortium that will operate the facility, the sources said.

Such major cities as Paris, Singapore and Shanghai have built exhibition facilities to showcase their attractiveness. Many of the facilities have cafes and other commercial spaces and have thus become well-known tourist spots.

According to the proposal, the envisaged facility in Tokyo would showcase the history of its development, along with futuristic images, as well as efforts to build communities using cutting-edge technologies.

Regional cities are expected to showcase their concepts of the future based on exhibits to be displayed at the Tokyo facility.

The ministry is mulling images of future cities utilizing state-of-the-art technologies such as a hydrogen-based systems to supply hot water, autonomous buses and robots designed to support the movements of the elderly, the sources said.