As Japan’s leading cities line up their bids for the scant few integrated resort licences, underdog candidate Nagasaki is making a big push for victory in the hopes that a new casino-resort will revive its flagging economic fortunes.
One of Europe’s oldest and tallest Christian structures, the Dom Tower, soars over the Dutch city of Utrecht, as an icon of Gothic architecture.
In the 1980s, businessman Yoshikuni Kamichika constructed a replica of the tower in Japan, along with windmills, tulip fields and six kilometres of canals. The price tag for this Promethean project, which included importing bricks from the Netherlands to build 17th century-style houses, came to $2.5bn.
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