Japan plans real-life backup of Tokyo city

Japan takes backup very seriously - and not just in its digital form. A new proposal has surfaced that shows Japanese politicians are planning to backup an entire city. The effects on the country's capital, Tokyo', at the hands of the recent earthquake has led to plans that will enable government and key businesses to continue in the event of another disaster.

Known by the fantastically catchy abbreviation IRTBBC (Integrated Resort, Tourism, Business and Backup City), the backup city will be located around 300 miles West of Tokyo and will be built on a site totalling 1,236 acres.

The conurbation will include a large government building, allowing officials to continue managing the country, ensuring that power and other essential services are maintained. The site is also located further from the fault line that was responsible for the last earthquake.

A member of the current ruling democratic party, Hajime Ishii said, "The idea is being able to have a back-up, a spare battery for the functions of the nation."

However, this city isn't all about the politicians. Certain big businesses will be provided for as well, with offices, resorts, casinos, and parks all made available. Of course there won't be enough space for everyone, so the question at this point is: which businesses?

There will be space for residents too, with facilities available for some 50,000 residents and 200,000 workers, most expected to come from nearby Osaka.

The scheme for this backup city is still in the planning stages at the moment, but it has a lot of support from government officials. 14 million yen (around £115,000) has been requested to test the feasibility of the project. The actual cost of building the city is unknown, but is expected to be huge.

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