PHOTO: Japan’s tallest skyscraper celebrates grand opening

March 07, 2014

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN

OSAKA--Japan’s tallest commercial building, the 300-meter Abeno Harukas skyscraper, marked its grand opening here on March 7.

By a mere four meters, the towering structure, located in Osaka’s Abeno Ward, broke the previous mark of 296 meters held by the Yokohama Landmark Tower, a record it had held since its completion in 1993.

Kintetsu Corp., a major conglomerate in western Japan, spent 130 billion yen ($1.26 billion) to construct the 60-story building, which has been under construction for four years.

The complex includes a department store that covers the largest floor area in Japan, a luxury hotel, a museum and office space.

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The nation's tallest commercial building, the Abeno Harukas skyscraper, in Osaka’s Abeno Ward, is shown in an aerial view taken on its grand opening on March 7. (Mari Endo)

The nation's tallest commercial building, the Abeno Harukas skyscraper, in Osaka’s Abeno Ward, is shown in an aerial view taken on its grand opening on March 7. (Mari Endo)

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  • The nation's tallest commercial building, the Abeno Harukas skyscraper, in Osaka’s Abeno Ward, is shown in an aerial view taken on its grand opening on March 7. (Mari Endo)
  • Students look at the ground 60 stories below their feet through a glass floor located on the observation deck of the Abeno Harukas building on March 7. (Toshiyuki Hayashi)
  • The men’s bathroom on the observation floor of the Abeno Harukas building offers a sweeping view of the Osaka area. (Toshiyuki Hayashi)

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