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I like Tokyo Tower. I will get used to the Tokyo Sky Tree (public opening due May 22), but for now I feel more for the familiar graceful lines and the more humane proportions of the older tower. It is an architectural icon, and an icon of the Tokyo skyline. The Sky Tree profile will quickly become equally iconic, of course.

Though Tokyo Tower will continue broadcasting, I worry that it is not safe in the shadow of its taller brother. In time it could conceivably fall victim to the wrecking ball as the company that owns and operates it — Nippon Television City Corp. — feels the budgetary strain of maintaining an “outdated” property.

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