Japan is being sued by a prominent architect who says its architecture has become a “distraction” to people visiting the country, including those visiting the US.
The Architectural Integrity Law was introduced by the Government to protect the reputation of architects, but the move has come under fire by Tokyo-based architect Nobuo Takashima.
In his statement to the High Court in Tokyo, Mr Takashimas lawyer, Masanori Yoshida, said the Government is “not going to accept that this law is necessary or appropriate”.
“They [the Government] have no intention of implementing it.
We have no option but to take the case to court,” he said.
Mr Takashiman said he had submitted an application to the Supreme Court to bring the lawsuit.
Mr Yoshida said the building of skyscrapers and other expensive buildings in Tokyo had damaged the fabric of Japanese society.
“A great many people have lost their livelihoods because of this,” he added.
“They feel like they cannot live in their own home because of these buildings.”
The Government must now change its attitude to the issue.
“Mr Takashi said the law would allow people to feel safe in their homes and business and could provide a new source of income.”
There is no need to feel embarrassed and ashamed about the buildings that are in our homes and offices,” he told the court.
Mr Tadamasa, who lives in the US, has spent nearly $100 million of his own money on the building project.”
I have spent $100,000 of my own money to construct these skyscraping towers,” he has said.
The Japanese government says the buildings have been designed with the sole purpose of improving the quality of life for Japanese citizens.
But Mr Takashi, who is not a Japanese citizen, says the government is not doing enough to protect him and his family from what he says are unfair and unsafe building practices.
The Government has also denied Mr Takas legal challenge, saying the architect has not done enough to ensure he complied with the law.
Mr Sakurai has filed a complaint with the Japanese Government against Mr Takatashima, saying his application to bring a lawsuit was “completely unjustified”.”
The architect was a person who had a legitimate interest in making a profit and, in this regard, I have nothing to complain about,” Mr Sakurai said.