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Fate of Tokyo's original capsule tower hangs in balance

Threatened building is a monument to Japan's Metabolist architecture

The Nakagin Capsule Tower has captured the imagination of many architects, artists, designers, film directors and musicians. (Courtesy of Shinichi Ito)

TOKYO -- The apartments in the timeworn concrete building have no hot water or cooking stoves, and the windows cannot be opened to let in fresh air. Its structure is asbestos-ridden, threatened with demolition, and covered with a sad-looking net to protect pedestrians against falling debris.

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