Cover Story: Toshiba Elevator Supplies Tokyo Sky Tree


by M.J. Mohamed Iqbal and Mitsuya Amano

Tokyo Sky Tree is the tallest structure in Japan and among the tallest in the world, topping out at 634 m. Led by Tobu Railway and a group of six terrestrial broadcasters headed by NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.), the tower forms the centerpiece of a large commercial development. One of its main purposes is to relay television and radio broadcast signals, as the city’s current facility, Tokyo Tower, with a height of 333 m, no longer gives complete digital terrestrial television broadcasting coverage, because it is surrounded by several high-rise buildings. Tokyo Sky Tree is located in Sky Town, a commercial complex combining the broadcast tower, an aquarium, a planetarium and the Tokyo Solamachi complex, which boasts 312 shops and restaurants. The tower is located near the Asakusa district known for its old streets and Sensoji Temple.

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