Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah, who began a five-day state visit to Japan Monday, visited the Tokyo Skytree Tower Tuesday. Their Majesties were greeted upon arrival at the tower by the president of Tobu Tower Skytree Co Ltd, Michiaki Suzuki.

The royal couple then took a ride on a high-speed (600 metres per second) elevator to the observatory deck on the 350th floor of the needle-shaped structure. The observatory deck or Tembo Deck offers a spectacular 360-degree panoramic view of the city of Tokyo. Their Majesties then took another elevator ride to the 450-metre-high Tembo Gallery. Dubbed the 'world's highest skywalk', the Tembo Gallery consists of a sloping spiral ramp that gains height as it circles the tower.

The Tokyo Skytree Tower or Tokyo Sukaitsuri, which serves as a broadcast tower for television and radio and also serves as a tourist attraction, is recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's tallest tower, standing at a height of 634 metres. Opened on May 22 this year, it replaces the 333-metre-tall Tokyo Tower, a symbol of Japan's capital city since 1958, as the broadcast hub. Operated by Tobu Tower Skytree Co Ltd, the tower has seismic proofing, including a central shaft made of reinforced concrete. Other facilities located here are shops, restaurants, a university campus and an aquarium.

In the afternoon, Tuanku Abdul Halim attended a luncheon organised by five economic associations, namely the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), Japan Business Federation, Japan Association of Corporate Executives, Japan External Trade Organisation (Jetro) and Japan-Malaysia Business Corporation Committee.



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