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International architect Kurokawa to stand in Tokyo governor election

Internationally acclaimed architect Kisho Kurokawa is planning to run for the position of Tokyo governor and abandon the city's plans to bid for the 2016 Olympics.

Yesterday Kurokawa, whose current projects include Osaka International Conference Centre, Toyoto City Stadium and the Maggie's Centre in Swansea, stated he would stand in April's gubernatorial election unless the 74-year-old incumbent, Shintaro Ishihara, abandons plans to seek re-election for a third term.

It is reported that Kurokawa's election manifesto includes a push for the withdrawal of Tokyo's bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games and the relocation of the functions across the capital.

'I will adopt the good parts of the Ishihara administration but it has bad parts,' he is quoted as saying.

Born in Nagoya in 1934, Kurokawa's work also includes the Chinese-Japanese Youth Center in Beijing, Melbourne Central shopping centre in Australia, the Pacific Tower in Paris, and Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia.

In 1997, Docomomo International selected Kurokawa's Nakagin Capsule Tower, Tokyo (1970) to be included in its shortlist for World Heritage of Modern Buildings and Sites.

by Clive Walker

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