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Tokyo Opens World’s Tallest Tower

The Tokyo Skytree, twice as tall as the Eiffel Tower, and its surrounding retail and office complex opened with thousands queuing in the rain for a first look at the $1.8 billion development.
Tokyo Opens World’s Tallest Tower

The Tokyo Skytree in Tokyo. Photographer: Haruyoshi Yamaguchi/Bloomberg

Tokyo Skytree, which took four years to build, surpasses the 600-meter Canton Tower in Guangzhou, China, as the world’s tallest, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Dubai’s Burj Khalifa is the tallest building at 828 meters. A tower is a structure where less than half the height is occupied by usable floor space, according to the council.

Tobu, which also operates buses, hotels, shopping centers, department stores, golf courses and sports clubs, rose 0.8 percent to 389 yen at the close of trading in Tokyo. It’s jumped 25 percent in the past year, compared with an 11 percent decline for the benchmark Topix Index.

The tower, which cost 65 billion yen on its own, has two observation decks, one at 350 meters and another at 450 meters. A trip to the lower deck will cost 2,000 yen. Visits up the tower are fully booked through July 11, said Kenji Aoyagi, a Tobu spokesman…