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May 23, 2012 at 6:08 am

World’s tallest structure unveiled in Japan‎!

TOKYO — The world’s second-tallest structure opened to the public on Tuesday, May 22, 2012.

The Tokyo Sky Tree is now the world’s tallest broadcasting tower. It is expected to draw in 32 million visitors a year, more than Tokyo Disneyland.

Featuring two observation decks and an adjacent shopping arcade which includes a planetarium and an aquarium, it stands 2,080-feet high on the eastern side of city, away from the glitzy Shibuya and the Ginza districts.

Sky Tree overlooks Sumida and Arakawa rivers, the symbols of Old Tokyo area, and on a clear day provides a panoramic view beyond the capital including Mount Fuji.

As its name suggests, the tower employs branch-like joints made of high-strength steel tubes and is anchored with triangular, walled spikes 330 feet underground like a root of a tree to withstand strong earthquake and typhoons.

Nearly 8000 visitors were expected to take high-speed elevators up to the observation decks of the 634-metre tower on Tuesday to mark its opening.

It is recognised by Guinness World Records as the tallest tower, beating out the Canton Tower in China, which is 600m.

The world’s tallest structure is Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, which stands 828m. That’s in a different category because it’s a skyscraper, not a tower.

The Sky Tree will serve as a broadcast tower for television and radio, along with being a tourist attraction.

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