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Brit on the list to design Japan's new capital city

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Tokyo-based British architect Tom Heneghan has made it onto a shortlist of eight architects invited by the government of Japan's Furushima Prefecture region to draw up design proposals for a new capital city. The Abukuma area of Fukushima has been shortlisted as one of two possible sites.

The relocation of the capital has long been debated, principally due to the threat of earthquakes in Tokyo, but also because of the congestion which clogs the city's arteries.

The other invited architects on the shortlist are:

Kengo Kuma, Atsushi Kitagawara, Tetsuo Furuichi and Masao Yamada from Japan; Young-Sub Kim from Korea; Gerard da Cunha from India; and Architron, the Malaysian office of AA-trained Frank Ling-Lee Huat and Pilar Gonzales.

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