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Japan must send a message to the world that if Tokyo is down, Osaka can take over.

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Osaka Prefectural Gov Toru Hashimoto, one of a number of political and business leaders in the Kansai region who are proposing that the capital -- or some of its functions -- be moved to their region, citing the risks of a major earthquake taking out Tokyo. (Asahi Shimbun)

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Decentralizing government functions is a great idea for an earthquake-prone nation. But why wouldn't Osaka or any other Japanese city be just as at-risk as Tokyo?

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Decentralizing government functions is a great idea for an earthquake-prone nation. But why wouldn't Osaka or any other Japanese city be just as at-risk as Tokyo?

While Osaka is also at risk, it's far enough away that no one earthquake would be able to take out both cities. Also the big fear at the moment is about a Tokai quake which could completely take out Tokyo. That's the risk that Hashimoto is referring to.

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