Japan is considering creating a backup capital to replace Tokyo in the case of a natural disaster or terrorist attack. Today, the great capital city is concentrated in the heart of economic, political and trade of the country, so if something happens to it, the whole nation could be paralyzed.
The time to officially discuss “The proposal” is currently being put on hold. So this fall 2011, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism will plan together to further develop more ideas and scenarios affecting this unique, and perhaps potentially controversial proposal.
The present candidates include Osaka, where Gov. Toru Hashimoto’s proposal suggests that the prefecture occupy the post of being the sub-capital.
The Japanese archipelago is at the meeting point of four tectonic plates, so it receives the brunt 20% of strong earthquakes worldwide. A considerable amount of effort is being made everyday to keep this in check at all times, as small earthquakes, and in worst cases such as major disasters like the earthquake of March 11, have been known to reach a magnitude of 8.9 on the Richter scale.