Looks like the Japanese really are worried Godzilla will reawaken and flatten their cities one day soon...
How else do you explain news of a construction firm in the country unveiling plans for an underwater city, capable of inhabiting 5,000 people and harnessing its energy from the seabed?
Shimizu Corp claim the project will take five years to build and that the technology required to implement it is 15 years away, giving them roughly little over a decade in which to get to work on the smaller details, like, oh we don’t know, where the hell you’d sink one of these…
Wherever it ends up, it’ll be divided into three sections: firstly, there’s a 500m diameter sphere floating just below the surface which will house residential zones, hotels and businesses; then there’s the pod, connected to a nine mile long spiral that descends to the final piece of the puzzle, ‘earth factory’.
The execs behind these Bond villain-esque ideals hope the factory will use micro-organisms to turn carbon dioxide into methane, with power generators dotted along the ocean floor ensuring an extra dose of healthy habitat under the sea. Couple this with the noticeable and eco-conscious addition of plant life within the sphere and you'd be foolish not to wish this project well.
No word on where the Kaiju alarm will be fitted just yet, but, as we say, it's still early doors.