INTRODUCTION: A huge man-made island in the port of Kobe in southern Japan goes on show this month (March) after fifteen years work.
GV EXTERIOR Man-made island Portopia with city flags flying. (2 SHOTS)
GV Marine City sign "Portopia".
GV PAN Ultra-modern buildings being constructed.
CU PULL BACK SV Engineers looking at plans.
GV Workmen lowering platform. (2 SHOTS)
GV Futuristic building. (4 SHOTS)
SV Girls being trained as guides. (3 SHOTS)
GV Two guides looking over city.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: A huge man-made island in the port of Kobe in southern Japan goes on show this month (March) after fifteen years work. To mark the opening of the island to the public, there is an international exposition which will continue until September.
SYNOPSIS: Just six kilometres (3.75 miles) from the centre of Kobe, one of Japan's biggest cities, the project got underway in the 1960s. It's being billed as the marine city of the future. And it's all man-made.
Last-minute details are part of any big project, and this one covering more than four-hundred hectares (988.4 acres) is no different. For the target of 13-million visitors to be reached, all preparation must go smoothly.
Among the many amenities at Port Island are an international conference hall, a hospital, parks, schools and housing, as well as new port facilities. The exposition will stress the importance of the oceans in the world of the twenty-first century. As a major trading and shipping nation, Japan has close ties to the seas.
To make visitors feel thoroughly at ease, there'll be specially-trained guides. Already, a revolutionary train is carrying visitors between the island and the mainland. Called the Portliner, it's run by remote control through a central computer.
And long after the exposition ends in September, the developers hope the island will be sustained as a centre of international commercial attraction.