Tokyo is the biggest metropolitan area in the world. So big in fact, that the Japanese government has unveiled a proposal for a backup city in case an earthquake cripples Tokyo.
They’ve given it a great name too: the Integrated Resort Tourism, Business and Backup City (the Japanese government has never been good with snappy titles). The backup city will be built on a 1,236 acre site 300 miles west of Tokyo.
In an emergency it could be home to 50,000 residents and 200,000 workers. It will also feature offices, resorts, casinos and parks as well as essential government facilities. The city could also boast a 1,900 foot office tower (Damn! Another building taller than the CN Tower).
While Tokyo wasn’t affected by the destructive earthquake that struck Japan earlier this year, the mega-city has been badly damaged by earthquakes in the past.
Shovels won’t be in the ground tomorrow though. The backup city is still in its planning phase and the government has pledged 14 million yen (just over $180,000 CDN) to test the feasibility of the proposal.
Will all the major cities of the world start doing this? Probably not… Japan is located on a particularly precarious volcanic zone on the Pacific Ring of Fire. Obviously this makes the country more prone to natural disasters, so backup cities make a lot more sense there than say, a city like Toronto.