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Tokyo set to destroy green park in bid to erect skyscrapers

Author Haruki Murakami says he’s strongly opposed to the redevelopment of a historic and beloved Tokyo park district that would remove his favorite jogging path and tear down the nearly century-old baseball stadium where he was inspired to become a novelist. The plan approved earlier this year by Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike to put skyscrapers and new stadiums in the heart of the Jingu Gaien green district has become increasingly controversial. Followers of baseball and rugby history are opposed to it, as well as conservationists and civil groups who say the project has advanced without transparency, adequate environmental assessment or explanation to the residents. The ball park and a neighboring rugby stadium used for soccer during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics would be demolished under the plan, and hundreds of trees would be removed from what’s been a Tokyo park district for centuries. When finished, the new stadiums will be surrounded by nearly 200-meter (650-foot) tall office buildings in a commercial complex. “I’m strongly opposed to the Jingu Gaien redevelopment plan,” Murakami said on his Sunday radio show. “Please leave that pleasant jogging course full of greenery and the lovely Jingu Stadium as it is. Once something is destroyed, it can never be restored.”https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/haruki-murakami-pleads-keeping-tokyo-park-baseball-stadium-rcna91096?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma&taid=6499b608c41de800013d2c88&utm_campaign=trueanthem&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

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  • Tabitha Kimani

    51 w

    Saddening.

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    • Daniel Waweru

      51 w

      Whoever thought that this idea is good is so lost, We can't compromise anything for the nature, These are devastating news

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      • Sarah Chabane

        51 w

        Feels like this decision is not taking account of climate change and its impact on cities at all

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        • Elizabeth Gathigia

          51 w

          Japanese government should reconsider this decision, cutting down of trees will harm our planet, this plan is not a good one

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          • Sarah kimotho

            51 w

            It's not the best ideas...trees keep the climate clean and fresh ...take another action but not this one

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            • Markus Lutteman

              51 w

              Trees can lower temperatures in cities by up to 10 degrees celcius. Replacing a green park with concrete and asphalt in a city like Tokyo will have severe health effects on its citizens.

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              • Joseph Githinji

                51 w

                This is disappointing, the green park sound so beneficial to not only to our climate but also to the people benefiting from it. However if this must be done , the government of Japan must give an alternative and ensure the same number of trees taken down are replanted.

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                • winnie nguru

                  51 w

                  This is wrong on all aspects..The Japanese government should rethink this plan

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                  • Joyce Waturu

                    51 w

                    That's heinous act to mother nature.It's not worth it at all to forego a park for skyscrapers.

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                    • Kevin

                      51 w

                      @joyce_waturu_nyakweya it's despicable to say the least.We call upon the Japanese govt to renege on this plan.

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