Maeda Kensetsu

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Maeda Kensetsu Kōgyō Kabushiki-kaisha ["Maeda Construction and Manufacturing Limited"], a Japanese building and civil engineering company, established in 1919, credited with many large-scale dams, tunnels and railway lines in Japan and other parts of Asia. Notable here for its Fantasy Eigyō-bu ["Fantasy Marketing Department"], a fake division set up as a public relations and recruitment exercise circa 2003, for which the corporation's engineers and managers would treat science fiction Mecha and Macrostructures as if they were real-world construction projects. Projects discussed and pitched on the corporation website included a Robot Baseball team and Anime creations from {GUNDAM} (see Yoshiyuki Tomino) and Mazinger Z (see Gō {NAGAI}). The company also posted notional designs and architectural plans for the Megalopolis Central Terminal from Ginga Tetsudō 999 ["Galaxy Express 999"] (graph 1997 21vols) by Leiji Matsumoto. Published in book form, the earlier iterations of the project subsequently won the company the 2005 Seiun Award in the Nonfiction category. [JonC]

see also: Technology; Machines; Transportation.

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