is all set to open Japan's tallest skyscraper tomorrow (March 7th), a complex comprising 60 floors that will eventually house dozens of attractions and facilities including a Marriott International hotel and a 500 billion-yen casino.
Construction work on the 300 metre high Abeno Harukas building commenced four years ago and was commenced by Kintetsu Corporation, one of the leading rail operators in western Japan.
The opening comes at a crucial time when Osaka
is openly challenging Tokyo
and attempting to steal both business and tourism from the capital.
Mayor of Osaka
Toru Hashimoto recently resigned in order to seek a mandate from voters that will allow him to transform the city into a metropolis that can carry the challenge even further.
Abeno Harukas takes the title of tallest building in Japan from the 296-metre Landmark Tower in the city of Yokohama,
which is situated around 20 miles south of central Tokyo.
Written by Mark Smith
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