French architect Le Corbusier’s foray into the Far East; Michael Penn; Al Jazeera

Japan – The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement

Built in 1959, Tokyo’s National Museum of Western Art received World Heritage designation last summer.

Michael Penn is president of the Shingetsu News Agency, and author of the book, “Japan and the War on Terror: Military Force and Political Pressure in the US-Japanese Alliance”.

Tokyo, Japan – Adjacent to Tokyo’s historic Ueno Station is a three-storey square building constructed of reinforced concrete. This grey and somewhat hulking structure might not initially command too much attention among the city’s other sights but for the exposed columns on its first floor, propping up the rest of the building.

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