Civic leaders from five of the world's largest cities have been in Tokyo this week for a conference on their common problems.
Civic leaders from five of the world's largest cities have been in Tokyo this week for a conference on their common problems. Overloaded commuter train services were high on the list of items to be talked about, so the delegates went to Japan's busiest railway station during the morning rush hour. The station handles 200,000 people between 7 and 8 in the morning.
Later in the day, the delegates from New York, Moscow, Paris, London and Tokyo went to see a computerised garbage disposal plant which deals with 900 tons of rubbish each day. The heat from its three giant incinerators is used for community central heating and electricity generation. But Tokyo's Governor Minobe told the conference that garbage disposal is still one of the city's biggest headaches.
SYNOPSIS: Shinjuku station at the Western entrance to Tokyo, during the height of the morning commuter rush...Two hundred thousand people surge through here in the single hour between seven and eight each morning. The problems involved in clearing such crowds are clearly enormous...but Tokyo isn't alone in having to deal with them. Civic leaders from five of the world's largest cities, New York, Moscow, Paris, London and Tokyo itself, are in the Japanese capital to try and solve the commuter problems and other troubles common to all. The city leaders went to the station to see how Tokyo manages her crowds, and were jostled along platforms, escalators and trains during their personal examination.
During the conference, Tokyo's Governor, Dr. Minobe, said technology has become the cause of urban disruption, but he took his guests to see a computerised garbage disposal plant.
The plant was built in 1969, and works round the clock. Each day, nine hundred tons of rubbish disappear into the three giant incinerators, and the heat generated is channelled into a community central heating system. It's also used to make electricity. But even though Tokyo has this sophisticated plant, Governor Minobe says garbage disposal is still one of the worst headaches for his city.