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Famed Tokyo hotel to be torn down this summer

The Okura has hosted US presidents, bureaucrats, movie stars, even James Bond; the main wing will be demolished and a US$1b, 31/2-year construction project will begin

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The Hotel Okura (above), designed by architectural luminaries Yoshiro Taniguchi and Hideo Kosaka, symbolised Japan's return to international society after World War II but has been struggling to hold its own against increasing competition from foreign rivals.
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The renowned Orchid Bar (above) and the whole main wing of the hotel will be bulldozed this August, the latest victim of the nation's "tear-down" culture.

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IF DON Draper were going to drink Old Fashioneds in Tokyo, he would definitely drink them in the Orchid Bar of the Hotel Okura. Wood panelled with lighting as dim as midnight, and smoked-glass ashtrays lined up along the counter, the bar looks like something straight from the set of