Senin, 28 September 2009

Narita International Airport, Chiba Japan

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The Narita Airport in the Tokyo area of Japan is an important story of eminent domain causing conflict with the people. Originally called the New Tokyo International Airport, the first terminal opened in 1972. But this was only achieved after deadly riots involving the radical Sanrizuka-Shibayama Union to Oppose the Airport and villagers that refused to leave.

It was perhaps the largest and most bitter land dispute in recent Japanese history, and though the airport privatized in 2004 these feelings still exist. The less socialist Japanese government today (until this year anyway) has tried to avoid such disputes by building the Osaka and Nagoya airports on man-made islands.

The atmosphere inside the airport speaks of elitism and destroyed heritage. Of course there is much to be appreciated in the beauty of its modernism, but it isn't really a place I would want to call home.

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