Everybody knows you are supposed to back up your data, but your city? That is the plan being put forward by Japanese politicians. Hajime Ishii, a member of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, is quoted in the Telegraph:
"The idea of being able to have a back-up, a spare battery for the functions of the nation, isn't this a really good idea?"
Not really, it is more the stuff of bad science fiction movies and cold war nuclear destruction dramas. How do you back up space for 13 million people in a city designed for 200,000? And what's in this city?
Under the plan, the new city would incorporate the emergency seat of government with office complexes, resort facilities, casinos, parks and, at 652 metres high, the tallest tower in the world.
Because you don't want those politicians in the seat of government to be bored, do you? Oh wait, it is more than just a backup:
The planned new city - given the less-than-inspiring title of IRTBBC, standing for Integrated Resort, Tourism, Business and Backup City - could be built on a 1,236-acre site that is presently occupied by Itami Airport, which used to be the main gateway to Osaka but has been largely superseded by Kansai International Airport.
I wonder if it will be a scene like in Deep Impact, when everybody is racing for the entrance of the underground city before the meteor hits. Or Doctor Strangelove before the Doomsday bomb goes off. In any case, they are probably wiser to keep it secret and underground like everyone else does, instead of building the tallest tower in the world. More in the Telegraph, also in Inhabitat