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Friday, 30th March 2012
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High flyers: first visitors to Tokyo Sky Tree unveiled

Almost 23,000 lucky people are celebrating after they won tickets to the grand opening of the Tokyo Sky Tree.

The 22,912 winners will be part of the first group of people to enter Japan's newest landmark, though more than 100,000 were left disappointed after their applications missed out, the Mainichi Daily reported.

Scheduled to open on May 31st, the Tokyo Sky Tree became the tallest building in Japan when it was completed at the end of February.

Standing fully 634 metres tall, it is now the tallest broadcast tower in the world and the second tallest structure, after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

The observation level stands just over half-way up the structure, 350 metres above the ground.

"My grandchild wanted to go, so I feel disappointed," a 71-year-old man who missed out told the news provider.

Last month, Obayashi Corp, the construction firm that built the Sky Tree, said that it wanted to create an elevator into space using futuristic carbon nanotube technology.

Written by Kimberley Homer