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Kobe opens picturesque Mount Rokko to IT offices

City seeks rehab of former recreational sites to draw tech industry

Mount Rokko once hosted around 200 corporate recreational facilities such as this one.

KOBE, Japan -- The Japanese port city of Kobe wants the slopes of picturesque Mount Rokko to become a new hub for information technology companies.

The city will ease environmental protections beginning next month to enable rebuilding or renovation of the unused corporate recreational facilities that once illuminated the area known for its holiday homes.

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