Tokyo Tower nominated for 'cultural property' status
Tokyo Tower, a symbol of Japan’s post-war economic boom, has been nominated to be recognized as an important cultural property by the Japanese government.
The 333-meter former television broadcasting tower ceased to function as a transmitter in 2011, when analog broadcasting was replaced by a terrestrial digital equivalent. According to Nippon Television City Corp, in order to attract tourists, the Cultural Affairs Agency has filed for recognition as a cultural property.
The structure follows Nagoya TV Tower, which was built in 1954 and registered as a cultural property in 2005. Tokyo Tower was granted its new status as a result of its historical importance and its engineering achievements, said a spokesperson for Cultural Affairs Agency, NTV reported.
Tokyo Tower, a iconic feature of the Tokyo skyline, was completed in 1958 and became a symbol of Japan’s postwar recovery and economic growth. At the time, it overtook The Eiffel Tower to become the tallest iron structure in the world.