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Wooden skyscraper eyed for the heart of Tokyo

Sumitomo Forestry's grand design envisions a 70-story high-rise in 2041

A rendering of Sumitomo Forestry's planned wooden skyscraper in Tokyo.

TOKYO -- Sumitomo Forestry aims to plant a 350-meter wooden building in the Japanese capital in 2041 as it relies less on home construction in a graying and shrinking Japan.

The 70-story skyscraper would grace the Marunouchi business district under plans announced Thursday. It would be reinforced with steel for earthquake resistance. No such project beyond seven stories has been planned in Japan until now.

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