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Composer Ryuichi Sakamoto calls for halt to Jingu redevelopment plan

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Concrete 1 - trees 0.

final score. No penalty shootout.

-8 ( +2 / -10 )

Photo says a thousand words. Save the trees, the trees makes the neighbourhood, clearly.

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A rare example of environmental sympathy. Good for Sakamoto. Interesting that he has to invoke the ancestors as defence, as if that has as much appeal as aesthetics or respect for trees/life itself. If it works, that may show a way in to the conscience of the environmental vandals in other places in Japan.

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On the long term it will be redeveloped but influent persons like Sakamoto raising voices can be enough to defer the project by a few years.

The Avenue would be much nicer if they would let the Gingko trees in their natural shape, not cutting branches this way. It is not a pine tree and the cutting does not fit

11 ( +12 / -1 )

We love you Ryuichi Sakamoto, thank you.

Those trees are a magic part of Tokyo, leave them be.

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A shinto shrine owns the land. Gotta love that religion's supposed respect of and reverence for nature. It's all about $$$ for Meiji's clergy members.

And why isn't Sakamoto's appeal directed at the shrine and the construction companies? Koike and others at city hall seem to be sympathetic already. Typical modern Japanese protest: airing grievances in ways that don't upset the people with power.

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A shinto shrine owns the land. Gotta love that religion's supposed respect of and reverence for nature. It's all about $$ for Meiji's clergy members.

Could be worse, at least they are not raping kids like the Catholic church.

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Koike and others at city hall seem to be sympathetic already. 

She is not. In fact, she said that she fully supports the plan. And she made point that the plan calls for more trees in the area.

-9 ( +3 / -12 )

I wonder if he read the plan. It is a good plan.

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Tokyo already has its own micro climate due to the lack of trees and plants.

The desire to destroy more is just making the heat in Tokyo worse.

If the summers continue to get warmer then Tokyo will become more of an unbearable hell-hole than it already is.

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Photo says a thousand words. Save the trees, the trees makes the neighbourhood, clearly.

It does. And look to the right of the trees. There are buildings, which shows that the objections are total bs.

-13 ( +1 / -14 )

They will plant new trees that will be enjoyed by the future generation of robots.

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Sakamoto lamented that he could not do more to "spread the word or take action beyond sending letters," as his "energy and physical strength have both declined to the point where it is difficult to even produce music."

I wish more Japanese celebs would use their influence to stop detrimental political maneuvering instead of just popping up on a bunch of TV commercials or countless TV quiz shows and such.

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That’s all contradicting to the other published scenarios, like tsunamis from climate change or earthquakes sweeping away everything predicted soon to come. So it depends on which of the multiple sides one stands. Big money prospects and business with a newly built high rise areas, or keeping as is because of a few nice trees which also could be integrated into urban planning btw, or demanding a vision here while maybe not even a vision is needed as all is swept away anyway, buildings and trees. Who knows, which attempt will be successful, I don’t know too. Take some dice to make a choice.

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I was for keeping the old ball park and the Ginkgo lined trees but after seeing the new stadium for the Nippon Ham Fighters, Es Con Field Hokkaido, in the city of Kitahiroshima, Hokkaido, it's time to move on. Not because there's a sauna and hot springs where you can watch baseball while you soak but because a new stadium can serve the community better and create more jobs than a triple A minor league ballpark at best. The trees can be easily replaced. Newly planted Gingko trees in Tokyo can already be 25-30 feet tall and they'll soon display fall colors if not trimmed so hard and allowed to leaf out.

Check out the links and imagine something even better between Gaienmae and Aoyama Ichome!

https://www.hkdballpark.com/

https://www.hkdballpark.com/about/esconfield/

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The conceptual image of the New National Stadium, is just that: conceptual. It might look nice and lush, but it has nothing to do with the actual end result. Working out is good. But we don't need any high rises for that. And people sitting on those arenas watching other people exercise are not burning any fat. Tear down the arenas, and convert the place to a public park where everyone can go exercise for free!

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quercetum:

[A]fter seeing the new stadium for the Nippon Ham Fighters, Es Con Field Hokkaido, in the city of Kitahiroshima, Hokkaido, it's time to move on. Not because there's a sauna and hot springs where you can watch baseball while you soak but because a new stadium can serve the community better and create more jobs than a triple A minor league ballpark at best. The trees can be easily replaced. 

Yes.

According to the plan

(1) The famous Ginkgo trees will not be touched

(2) Many trees will remain or relocated, and ones get cut will be replaced with new trees. As a result, there will be more trees than now, increasing from 1904 trees to 1982 trees.

(3) Green area will increse from 25% to 30%. There will be more open space for family to enjoy, increasing from 21% to 40%.

And most of all, I'd like to see a new Rugby stadium and Baseball stadium; they are ugly ad awful today. Yakuruto Swallows deserves a better home ground.

etc...

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I hope your prayers will be heard, Sakamoto-san.

If not, I hope all who choose not to hear your brave voice will get a fair public condemnation.

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