This is where the story gets sad: the main building is slated for demolition in September 2015. Because life is often one big ironic cycle, its imminent destruction is to make room for a 38-story glass tower in advance of the 2020 Olympic Games. The news brought an outcry of opposition in the artistic communities of Japan and elsewhere around the world. However, not all is lost. The Okura will preserve and utilize the south wing of the hotel complex, which shares some similar elements and is situated across the street from the admired main building.
In the course of this enquiry I found that much more had been done than I had been aware of, when I first published the Essay. The poverty and misery arising from a too rapid increase of population had been distinctly seen, and the most violent remedies proposed, so long ago as the times of Plato and Aristotle. And of late years the subject has been treated in such a manner by some of the French Economists; occasionally by Montesquieu, and, among our own writers, by Dr. Franklin, Sir James Stewart, Mr. Arthur Young, and Mr. Townsend, as to create a natural surprise that it had not excited more of the public attention.
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