This story was published in the November edition of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan’s No. 1 Shimbun TOKYO — The movement to stop a project to redevelop the Meiji Jingu Gaien (Outer Garden) in Tokyo received a boost recently when the International Council for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) issued a Heritage Alert urging authorities to think again. Soon after, 40 members of a cross-party group in the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly added their voice to opposition to the plan.
There is a pervasive attack on trees going on all over Japan now: Jingu Gaien, Hibiya Park, Arisugawa Park, Kyoto Botanical Garden, and so many more.
It’s a crime and completely deceitful. The government is doing too many sneaky things behind the citizens’ backs. Who are the officials behind this? Can they all be named?