Why Japan’s Great Pyramid of Giza Can’t be Built Until 2110


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to teach you a new life skill. London. October, 1992. A Japanese man entered a
government building near Chancery Lane, and made his way up to an office on the first floor. This was the London branch of the UK’s Patent Office. You see, this man was there on behalf
of Japan’s renowned Shimizu Corporation, a leading architectural and engineering firm
that was and is among the top in the world and he was there to apply for a patent. Note, to secure their ideas globally it
was necessary to apply not just in Japan. Now this particular patent, was for no ordinary idea. It was for something grand, something spectacular. The idea was to build giant pyramids in the middle of some of the largest
and busiest urban centers in the world, starting with Tokyo. These infrastructures would be so large,
they could house entire cities. But why? What was this for? And who exactly is the Shimizu Corporation? To understand this, we need to go back in time, back over 200 years ago to the company’s inception. Edo, 1804. A carpenter, Kisuke Shimizu, founded
a company in the nation’s capital. Of course, today the capital’s
Tokyo, but back then it was Edo. Now this small company would go on
to build the western section of the
famed Edo Castle, part of the Imperial Palace, Japan’s first Western-style hotel, Japan’s first bank, and later on, Japan’s first nuclear reactor. The company lived through many
important moments in Japan’s history, including the arrival of US Commodore Matthew C. Perry, who forced Japan to open up its borders, the fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate, the rise of Westernisation, the earthquakes, wars, bombings, the rapid economic development, the still-ongoing population decline, the Shimizu Corporation saw all that in their time. Now that last point however, is of particular interest, because Japan’s population
has been declining since 2010, and is expected to drop by two thirds
within the next hundred years. And this has been causing
all sorts of problems for the country, problems that have been shared
by almost all Japanese cities. Except for one. Tokyo. In fact, Tokyo, now the world’s largest
city, ironically has the opposite problem. It suffers from extreme
overcrowding and overpopulation. At 37 million residents, the Greater Tokyo Area is virtually the only place in Japan to see sustained population growth. This is mainly due to internal migration
from other parts of the country. The Shimizu Corporation, having been
headquartered in Tokyo since the Edo period, had witnessed this growth first hand, and overpopulation had resulted in
some increasingly worrying issues like overcapacity, overpricing, and just a general lack of space. Various solutions had been proposed over the years like
moving the elderly, or creating jobs outside of Tokyo, but The Shimizu Corporation
had something else in mind. By this point, they had built up their company to be one of the elite architectural, engineering and general contracting firms in the world, with successful, large-scale
construction projects under their belt. Note recently, they’ve been known
for their futuristic megaproject proposals like floating cities, underwater cities, desert canals and space hotels. So, with this level of ambition and innovation in mind, it wasn’t surprising to hear what
happened one evening in 1982. After a hard day’s work, a Shimizu
engineer decided to head out to watch a movie. This movie was Blade Runner, starring Harrison Ford, set in a dystopian future, where synthetic humans
are bio-engineered by the powerful Tyrell Corporation, this, a cult classic. Now during the opening scene, two huge futuristic pyramidal megastructures were shown representing the headquarters of the Tyrell Corporation. The Shimizu engineer was completely
transfixed by this architectural marvel, and he was unable to get it out of his mind. The next day he shared this with his engineering colleagues at the Shimizu Corporation, and it thus became one of the main inspirations for their solution to Tokyo’s overpopulation problem, a giant pyramid that could hold an entire city’s population in one self-sufficient building. Ten years later, they found
themselves patenting this idea globally. Of course, this was a crazy idea, but it wasn’t the first time something like this had been done. Egypt. Around 2500 BC. A huge pyramid was constructed on the edge of the Sahara desert, during the reign of Pharaoh Khufu. This was the Great Pyramid of Giza,
and it was an architectural masterpiece. Having likely served as a burial chamber for
Khufu, it has withstood the test of time, being the only one of the Seven Wonders of the World
that has remained intact to this very day. Sure, other pyramids had been built throughout history,
but the one at Giza is the tallest of them all, and was even the tallest of all man-made
structures in the world for over 3800 years. Of course, The Great Pyramid of Giza is dwarfed
by many of the current metropolitan high-rises, but, if the Shimizu Corporation is able
to get its way, the Pyramids may rise again. The Shimizu Mega-City Pyramid, designed to combat
Tokyo’s overcrowding and overpopulation, would be so large it’d be over
14 times the height of Giza, and 2.5 times that of the Burj Khalifa,
currently the world’s tallest building though soon to be overtaken by the Jeddah Tower. This two kilometer-high structure would
consist of eight levels, each 250 meters high, and would house one million people. Wait, but where exactly in Tokyo
would you place this monstrosity? Tokyo’s already overcrowded
so it’s not like there’s room, the area covered would be the
equivalent of 18 Vatican Cities. Fortunately, Shimizu had designed the
pyramid to be built over suspect terrain like parkland, forests, rivers, and even large bodies of water, making it perfect for Tokyo Bay, really
the only vacant real estate in the area. 36 piers made of special concrete
would form the pyramid’s foundations, which would make this the first offshore city ever built. Now if you zoom up, you can see the structure isn’t actually just one dense block of concrete, but rather an exposed network of megatrusses, suspended skyscrapers, accelerated walkways, inclined elevators, and rapid transit systems
moving through hollow supports. The bottom four levels would house
commercial and residential spaces, while the top four would have
facilities for research and leisure, which means you can pack your stuff,
leave your home, travel afar, then check into your hotel at your holiday destination. All within the same building. Ok, maybe this sounds awesome, but what about
the pyramid’s effect on the environment? Well, the Mega-City will be powered by
renewable energy: solar, wind, and algae, yes algae, otherwise known as pond scum,
making use of the surrounding waters. Since algae is able to break up water
into hydrogen, with the help of sunlight, hydrogen fuel cells can be used to
convert the chemical energy into electricity, which means the most technologically
advanced city in humanity’s history will, in part, be powered by pond scum. But what about waves? Ocean swells generated by high winds also contain an enormous amount of energy, which could perhaps be reigned in using
specially-designed power generators, but for this reliability is an issue, because
waves get big, really big, especially in Japan. Generators can get wiped out, but even more concerning is what happens when a giant pyramid decides to get in the way of a giant tsunami. And what about earthquakes? Japan sits on top of the
seismically-active Pacific Ring of Fire, which means Tokyo isn’t exactly the best place to set up an experimental architectural megaproject housing the lives of one million inhabitants. But on the other hand if there’s one place that knows how to make buildings earthquake- and tsunami-proof, it’s Japan. And the Shimizu Corporation is
indeed well aware of the structural dangers, in fact, that’s why the Shimizu
Mega-City Pyramid is a pyramid. The pyramid shape is the most
stable design in structural engineering, which makes it particularly suitable for cities like Tokyo. And with the building not being
enclosed, fully open to the elements, any impact from wind or water
would be dramatically reduced. For typhoons in particular, it would be safer
to just let the winds blow right through. Now despite all that, the greatest danger
to the pyramid is actually the pyramid itself, more specifically its own weight. If one truss fails, well, there goes potentially the lives
of one million people just like that. In fact, the structure is so massive, so heavy, that it wouldn’t even be wise for
Shimizu to attempt its construction. Yes, the design had been flawed from the start, because in order for the pyramid to even
hold itself up, a special material was required, one vastly lighter, and a
thousand times stronger than steel. And currently, that technology isn’t available. But it will be available in the future, because advancements are already being made in the field, and it’s just a matter of time. Of course there are also other issues to contend with, such as the proposed price tag, and whether the easing of Tokyo’s overcrowding
would even be significant enough, but the Shimizu Corporation has made clear that
in considering all these potential issues, the proposed completion date of the
project would be around the year 2110. A city for the future. Indeed quite a while away, yet
unlike, say, the X-Seed 4000, another Tokyo megaproject
by the rivaling Taisei Corporation, it appears to not just be a
ploy to gain mainstream attention. Now if for whatever reason the
pyramid fails to become a reality in Tokyo, there are still other cities in the world
with massive overcrowding problems that would benefit from this concept. The Shimizu Corporation, after all, had
always intended for this technology to be exported. Imagine a Mega-City Pyramid in Singapore, Hong Kong, Mumbai or Dhaka. Life in the largest man-made structure in
history would be like a world within a world, a condensed, exciting, more
sophisticated version of the real world. This confinement would, to an extent, lead inevitably
to a certain level of autonomy within. Yet, unlike Hong Kong’s notoriously depraved Kowloon Walled City, another example of an extremely high-density enclave of a wider population, it would, from the start, be a place
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100 thoughts on “Why Japan’s Great Pyramid of Giza Can’t be Built Until 2110

  1. Been a while, but I'm alive! Hope you like the video.

    FYI, the English pronunciation of the word 'patent' outside of North America can often be 'pay-tent', and within North America 'pah-tent' (though there are regions that don't always follow this rule, especially more recently). Either way, neither are wrong.

    Correction: Before 1868 the capital was Kyoto, not Edo (though Edo was what Tokyo was called back then). Also forgot to include that a major reason the Giza pyramid is mentioned in the video as a point of comparison is because the Shimizu pyramid is meant to have the exact same (relative) dimensional proportions.

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  2. Well, Stanley was right in saying "You've got to unleash the power of the pyramid!"

  3. Cold fusion powered is more feasible. Wind energy and solar energy is hardly perfect yet due to its central drawbacks. Wind is way more affective miles off shore, but are not storm proof. In Europe, its more sustainable due to the weather not being as hostile when it comes to storms. Solar panels have a short life span, they cost too much to replace and not to mention the weak battery technology of both. The battery for todays solar and wind powered generators are very weak and have extremely low capacity. The higher the demand the less financially appealing it is. When you talk about powering a metropolitan grid, these technologies hardly meet demand, especially solar. The algae hydrogen generator isnt effective either.

    The best solution would be building fusion energy plants for these structures. Biofuel and thermal fuel wouldnt make a dent in the demand either. And neither would wave powered technology, based on the area required. Not to mention the amount of fresh water required to have functional plumbing and waste disposal. These engineers are on pipe dreams.

  4. We have somthing similar in Singapore (not really but yea) the giant durian (esplanade)

  5. Imagine the earth filled with pyramids each gap interlocked with pyramids and when the space decreases more pyramids on top

  6. 1. They never found any corpses, mummies or other indications that the pyramid is a tomb or burial site !
    2. It is unclear of how old exactly the pyramid is.
    3. There is no proof that the Egyptians built it themselves and more things point to that it was build long before the people that lived there and they only inherited the site.

  7. First off , you are way off with the pyramids . Giza was not built for a burial or by Egyptians . I hate how mainstream history is still lying about this . 2500 bc??? 😂😂😂 no no no, 10,000 bc more like it . Obviously a lot of people still blind to this will cry in the comments, and say crap but the few of us that actually do real research then good job 👏

  8. If Japan is not at the ring of fire, it will be like an alien country full of technologies

  9. 2110? Damn…. ill be 106 years old, hopefully i can reincarnate and see this mega pyramid

  10. I swear. The pyramid can make a whole movie.

    It can be about how the strongest tsunami caused damages to the tubes or the cities, as well as some generators, which requires the main character to find ways to rescue the people trapped in tubes and can escort people from flooding cites to safer ones with the surviving tubes with smart uses of the generator in order to save everyone and minimise casualties.

  11. Just saw this video. It's great. Can you make a video about the seven wonders of the ancient world?

  12. Alien: Yo! Check this out! They makin it again! Haha!

    Alien#2: Should we help them? again?

    Alien: Nah bruh.. they still got my uncle locked up in Area 51..

  13. This thing will never be made. Even if a material a thousand times stronger than steel is discovered, it most certainly wouldn't be anywhere near as cheap as steel. A large part of steel's appeal is its relative low cost.

  14. No offence but I hate such technology we are now treated bad in small boxes forced to live with no in touch with sir or nature.
    That's why I hate the future it's because of small places to live with all artificial life sources light air and food

  15. Besides the cost to actually make this Pyramid a reality, how much would it cost to even live inside? Billing even? Would be expensive? Affordable? I can't imagine this being cheap unless taxes would cover the living expenses.

  16. Why are they just building over nature, I thought we were part of teamtrees

    Shimizu: I dont care about this planet

    Me: Aliens?

  17. *japanese people*:lets build a giant pyramind
    *ancient egypt*: ……wtf japan

  18. when i was young, i used to think the x seed 4000 existed, until i spoke about it in class – my teacher corrected me and i felt cheated

  19. when your only 15 and you realize the only people in your family that will see this will be your kids and on…

  20. This is insane from an architect majors perspective. And I won’t even be alive to see it completed

  21. The problem of the heaviness of the Pyramid can be solved with VIBRANIUM. LOL..

  22. I'll believe their power plan will work when I see it. Most of these things are absolute jokes that end up being crutched up by gas and coal. Any green power plan without nuclear is doomed to fail.

  23. Criticisms: 
    – Hydrogen is not a viable energy source. It is too explosive and takes too much energy to make.
    – A structure that size would require the top levels to be pressurized because the air would be too thin. People get altitude sickness above 10,000 feet, so they could not go outside. It would also take a very long time to travel to the top, no matter where you enter it.
    – Most units would be in darkness inside the pyramid. Even if it's 'open', people in the centre would just see a dark jungle of girders and tubes if they had windows at all.
    – This video doesn't really address the technological problems – it just says 'People will solve it in the future.'
    – What is the population problem they're trying to solve here? Is it that pop. is rising in Tokyo, or dropping elsewhere?

  24. I think Japan should just extend Tokyo. It's 845 square miles now, just extend it to be 1500. Because all these people just want to have Tokyo as their address for businesses, etc.

  25. Before 2100, the GREAT China's PLA would have destroyed Japan and reclaimed the island as its rightful owner.

  26. Japan doesnt have the tech or engineering skill to build something like this. The only country that is capable of building this if possible is China.

  27. Many people ask me “why do you learn Japanese”, the answer is so obvious that it’s hard to find, “because I Love japan” is what I end up saying, videos like this one always remind me why I love japan, words cannot describe how much more you deserve for sharing this video with everyone がんばれ!

  28. I think u are the first and only youtuber that has a sponsor in every single video

  29. They now know the pyramid was actually a generator not a burial tomb for King Khufu the Great Pyramid nobody knows who built it.

  30. If other Japan cities loosing there people why to they shipped weebs to there country ::)))

  31. if mega pyramids were built, terrorists can attck and destroy one truss and bam, mass destruction.

  32. I dont want to live in a future inside giant piramids no thanks. lots of people is autist so no need for so much trash.

  33. 9:16
    “Lighter and stronger than steel”
    i cant be the only one who thought of vibranium from Marvel

  34. Kento Bento: “…which would make this the first offshore city ever built.”

    UAE: Hold my oil.

  35. skill-share will teach us how to get a material that strong

  36. Flying cities, underwater cities, des-
    Underwater cities,
    Happy Hylotl noises

  37. I love Japan❤!! One of the top 5 countries i would definitely like to visit

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