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Tokyo Sky Tree elevators halted due to strong winds on opening day

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here we are...a long time liability as i said yesterday.

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The glitch occurred at around 6 p.m., when the attraction’s operators decided to shut down two elevators linking an observation deck at 350 meters with another at 450 meters for around 30 minutes due to safety concerns.

THis is a worry, given that the elevators between the 2 observation decks are enclosed inside the building how exactly does wind effect them?

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I learned in a Japanese newspaper today that Ueno also wanted to have the tower built there. The place the Skytree was built is a narrow squalid residential area while Ueno is a big commercial town. I think Ueno was a better place for the tower.

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Japan’s hard-hit tourism sector is hoping the tower will boost the number of visitors from abroad

That will never happen until prices are lower and people here are more open to foreigners being here. Meanwhile the govt is trying to raise consumption tax.... Good luck Japan Boar of Tourism!

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Shiriki Utundu doll placed right at the base of the tower in the tall grass.

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Gosh, who knew there would be winds so high up??

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Schopenhauer

It's hardly a "squalid" area. I don't think there would be enough space in the immediate Ueno vicinity to have built it there.

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if a wind could close it off, imagine what an earthquake could do

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I still love Tokyo Tower but slowly but surely I am beginning to like the Tokyo Sky Tree, wind or no wind, quakes or no quakes!

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Japan’s hard-hit tourism sector is hoping the tower will boost the number of visitors from abroad after figures plummeted in the wake of Japan’s quake-tsunami disaster last year.

This statement is misleading. Tourism numbers have been falling for years.

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The glitch occurred at around 6 p.m.,

It wasn't a glitch, they were shut down as a precaution.

I learned in a Japanese newspaper today that Ueno also wanted to have the tower built there.

And you automatically believe everything you read in the media?

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There might be a few people on this planet who would travel to Tokyo just to go up a tall building. I'm guessing not enough to boost the number of visitors from abroad in any significant way. But I don't work for the JNTO.

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I like that fact that they built in Sumida so as to help reinvigorate the old shita-machi area. Ueno is already a bustling and crowded destination so it doesn't really need as much of a boost.

I think Cletus' question is a good one if it the elevators are enclosed between the two decks.

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uh? wasn't the wind effect incorperated into the design?

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who woulda thunk it? typical Japan, things getting canceled and ruined because of freaking out about safety. You built the thing 634m in the sky, you didn't take wind into consideration?

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people here are more open to foreigners being here

Have the locals started shooting foreigners? This is new...

Or are they kidnapping, decapitating or stoning foreigners? Do they get arrested as soon as they get off the plane?

I heading back end of next week, should I be concerned? Pack body-armour or something?

Or if they went let me in their club or rent their apartment, I just keep looking. It's really easy.

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The elevators were just stopped temporarily for good safety of sightseers because of strong wind. The Sky Tree Tower did not break at all and these are working good today again.

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the sky tree tower is a strain and unnecessary spending. its just built to fool japanese people patriotism. this money could have been used better elsewhere.

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Excuse me but was it hyped as being earthquake proof? And strong winds shut it down?

Don't mean to disturb the wa?

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haha and here was TOSHIBA advertising on TV about the very same elevators, perfect irony!

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The Sky Tree is a digital radio tower that covers whole area of Kanto, but Tokyo tower does not cover whole area. This tower project was planned a long time ago before 3.11 disaster.

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Well this is a bit of a downer. But I still love it. Can't wait to go up. I think its perfectly situated. Especially for tourists. You can't deny the tourists love Asakusa and you can just walk over from there. Done it a few times now kids in tow and all. Going the opposite way, doing Asakusa then jumping on a ferry is also a good way to go. Nice way to fill a day. I feel for poor old Tokyo Tower though. Are they even going to fix the tip? Though the omiyage stores look a gazillion times better at The Tree than The Tower.

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Amid safety concerns, the tower’s operator said Tokyo Sky Tree was equipped with state-of-art technology to counter the earth tremors that regularly shake Japan

but if it's a bit blowy out you're in trouble.wonderful.

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I got my tickets on the on line lottery for July 10th and am excited about going up. I hope rainy season will be done.

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Strong winds like storm will stop commercial airplanes taking off / landing and bullet trains running or something. The Sky Tree tower is just another tower but is occupied with more people (about 1000 people up there) like commercial 747 jet airplane. That is why they stopped the elevators for safety. That is a good safety. I don't want to get in airplane to take off/ land during strong winds.

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"Strong winds forced the operators of Tokyo Sky Tree, the world’s tallest tower..."

It's NOT the world's tallest tower, it's the world's SECOND tallest tower. It is, however, the world's tallest COMMUNICATIONS tower. Nitpicky, I know, but an important point.

Anyway, it's a bit scary that strong winds can cause this kind of thing to happen, given how they talked about the tower being earthquake-proof. The building would certainly shake more in the event of a major temblor.

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it's a bit scary that strong winds can cause this kind of thing to happen

Don't go up when day is bad weathers.

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I still like Tokyo Tower better, but after seeing this thing on TV last night, I guess it's starting to grow on me. Has anyone here been up yet? Do you feel any sway when the wind blows?

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It was bad day for opening day.

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It wasn't really windy yesterday, either. So every windy day, the facilities will shut down? What about typhoons?

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Already sick of hearing about this tower!!

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Went up Tokyo Tower one time. View was great. I would imagine this tower is cool as well. A little overpriced though. I would think that the elevators being stopped was just early stage jitters. They want to see what the tower will and will not withstand and remain safe. Good for them for being cautious. Incidentally, my mother-in-law worked on building those elevators. Does anyone know how this tower was paid for? Taxes or private enterprise?

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It wasn't really windy yesterday, either. So every windy day, the facilities will shut down? What about typhoons?

The Sky Tree tower's main job is to transmit digital signals all over the area. The tower would be likely shut down whenever strong winds, storms, earthquakes happen. The Tobu company doesn't want any claims by that someone is sick of shaking or earthquake tremor or head injured by tremors. So Tower would be easily closed whenever something happened.

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kwatt: "So Tower would be easily closed whenever something happened."

The problem with that is if the tower closes down when there are people still up in it. In the event of an earthquake you could not predict in time, although with a typhoon and strong winds in general you could.

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@Tamanegi: Japan’s hard-hit tourism sector is hoping the tower will boost the number of visitors from abroad after figures plummeted in the wake of Japan’s quake-tsunami disaster last year.

This statement is misleading. Tourism numbers have been falling for years.

Tamanegi, your statement is not true. The number of Japanese tourists going abroad and those who traveled domestically had been falling for several years before 3/11. The number of inbound tourists had been growing, but sharply dropped after the disaster. However, the outbound travel from Japan rebouded by the end of the fiscal 2011 but the number of foreign visitors to Japan is still so much smaller then before.

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The problem with that is if the tower closes down when there are people still up in it. In the event of an earthquake you could not predict in time, although with a typhoon and strong winds in general you could.

Last night it happened. All elevators were stopped when they reached at the first observation deck. Elevators don't go up any more automatically but elevators can go down or use emergency stairs to walk down. The tower must be shaking a lot but completely safe during strong winds or earthquakes happening.

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Yeah... we're one of the most geologically active regions in the world. We just got nailed by a tsunami and a massive earthquake. We have massive typhoons every year. I know... Let's build the world's tallest tower! That's the move! :P

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It's nice that they are actually putting safety on the docket, but it is hardly an auspicious start. The wind was nothing to write home about, actually. If that's all it takes to stop the elevators, then they've got a very tall problem on their hands.

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Amid safety concerns, the tower's operator said Tokyo Sky Tree was equipped with state-of-art technology to counter the earth tremors that regularly shake Japan, one of the world's most seismically active nations.

...doesn't leave you feeling warm and fuzzy, does it? .....especially after the damned thing stopped because of some wind.

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Ever since I watched that movie Towering Inferno as a kid I have a dislike of tall buildings..........

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@ smithinjapan : Then what and where is the tallest tower of which you speak? Source? Everywhere I look it says it is the tallest tower, and 2nd tallest structure. Thanks!

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especially after the damned thing stopped because of some wind.

Any idea what the windspeed was when they shut it down?

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Who cares? When's that French dude going to climb it?

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i wonder if they have emergency parachutes, i hope i don't give the base jumpers any ideas.

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Skytree is recognized by Guinness World Records as the tallest tower, beating out the Canton Tower in China, which is 1,968 1/2 feet.

The world's tallest structure is Dubai's Burj Khalifa, which stands 2,717 feet. That's in a different category because it's a skyscraper, not a tower.

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I saw the eye sore and now I hear the first in a series of problems. I agree with other on JNTO it's not an attraction to change the view of INT travelers desire to visit. Unfortunately there isn't much else to do.

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Something that tall is going to have to be built to flex in the wind. Don't forget that not only does it have to withstand earthquakes, it has to withstand typhoons as well. A rigid structure that tall would get snapped in two if a typhoon came through. Elevators do a great job of moving things up and down, but they don't do so well when the shaft they are using is flexing to and fro. How many of you jump into elevators during large earthquakes? Hopefully none because they're not safe during an earthquake. That's the same thinking behind shutting down the elevators when the wind is causing the structure to flex beyond a certain point.

Sorry to hear that opening day was marred by rain. Hopefully the people who received the free opening day passes got rain checks.

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What is the cost to go up the Tree Tower? I missed that one. I appreciate the news coverage on this, but how about interviewing some of the people who were up there at the time? Would be more interesting to hear what they had to say than just speculation by those commenting.

As for increasing tourism, well ... let's not raise the consumption taxes and let's make hotels a bit less expensive than they are. Would help if the yen was at least above 100 yen to a dollar. Gosh, I can remember when it was 320 yen to a dollar!

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I wonder what elevator design could be created to operate in a flexing shaft. Its not impossible for sure to have elevators that operate in those conditions.

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I wonder what elevator design could be created to operate in a flexing shaft. Its not impossible for sure to have elevators that operate in those conditions.

Not impossible, but probably pretty expensive. Especially if they have to invent new technology to do it.

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I wouldn't call not being able to descend for 30 minutes because the elevators were stopped "stranded." Unless I was trying to sensationalize a minor disruption.

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Going down, it shouldn't be too much problem using the stairs, if they don't want to wait.

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Going down, it shouldn't be too much problem using the stairs, if they don't want to wait.

Not sure of exactly how many steps the Sky Tree has, but if we use the Washington Monument as an example (897 steps to get to the observation deck 500 feet up), then descending from the upper platform on the Sky Tree (450 meters up) would involve roughly 2,648 steps down. Each knee would be stopping the body's downward momentum 1,324 times before they were done. While I agree it would be much easier than going UP the stairs, going down the stairs is still going to involve a considerable amount of strain on the body.

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