Digital broadcaster, Nippon Television says it wants its television broadcasting tower, the Tokyo Tower wants to be registered as a state- designated heritage property.
The Japan Daily newspaper reports that Nippon Television City Corp. said the 333-meter radio and television tower, the world's tallest iron tower, will mark its 50th anniversary in December 2008, making it eligible for registration.
It will cease to function as a transmitter in 2011, when analog broadcasting is replaced by terrestrial digital broadcasting. A new 610-meter tower to be built in Sumida Ward will handle digital broadcasts.
"In order to preserve the tower, we must bring in tourists, and it is vital to take special measures to attract people," said Yoshihiro Watanabe, a senior company official.
Last year, Nagoya TV Tower, which was built in 1954, was registered as a cultural property. The owner of Osaka's Tsutenkaku Tower, which was completed in 1956, is also applying for cultural recognition, the Japan Times reports.