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Tokyo Sky Tree, world’s tallest broadcasting tower, is officially completed

Tokyo Sky Tree, the world’s tallest free-standing broadcast tower, is now officially completed, reports.

The 634-metre tower will house five commercial stations based in Tokyo and public broadcaster NHK and will serve as the country’s next generation digital broadcasting facility.

The stations needed a new broadcasting tower to prevent skyscrapers in downtown Tokyo from adversely affecting radio waves. The current transmitting station, the 333-metre Tokyo Tower, was considered no longer tall enough to fully cover digital terrestrial television broadcasting.

Tokyo Sky Tree, which is situated in Tokyo’s Sumida Ward, will officially open on 22 May, when visitors will be able to enjoy a view from two observatories, and there will also be restaurants, office buildings and shops. The opening of the tower will also see the creation of a new town in the area – Tokyo Sky Tree Town, covering an area of 230,000 square metres.