Sega World Tomioka
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|Sega World Tomioka|
|Location: 福島県双葉郡富岡町大字本岡字新夜ノ森531-3, Japan|
Sega World Tomioka (セガワールド 富岡) was a former Japanese Sega World venue. Opened in 1995 and built by Higashi Nihon Daiwa, the game center was one of several opened by Sega in Fukushima. In March 2011, the building was among many abandoned in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. After nearly a decade of being abandoned, it was finally demolished in 2020.
Beginning in the late 1980s and growing considerably during the 1990s, Sega's amusement operations division had undertaken numerous openings of new, family-friendly game centers in Japan, most frequently under the suburban chain of Sega World venues. Opened sometime in 1995 and built by Higashi Nihon Daiwa, Sega World Tomioka was one of hundreds of similar arcades across the country. It subsequently survived Sega's late 1990s/early 2000s restructuring, in which over 200 of the company's then-800+ venues in Japan were closed. Sometime before mid-2006, the game center's exterior was repainted.
Due to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, Sega World Tomioka was forcibly closed on March 11, 2011. The closure was intended to be temporary with plans to repair it from the hit of the earthquake, however the arcade never reopened after the accident. The building was initially placed within the Red Zone after the resultant radiation; it remained standing with all its machines intact, eventually gaining notoriety among dark tourism explorers. Its grounds were featured in several video shoots by popular YouTube personalities, mainstream news coverage by the Daily Mail, and the second episode of 2018 Netflix series Dark Tourism.
In November 2020, it was revealed that Sega World Tomioka was finally in the process of being demolished, following years of structural decline and the gradual lifting of restrictions by the Japanese government on the surrounding areas. As of December 2020, the former site of the venue is now a vacant lot.
|Sega World Tomioka (セガワールド 富岡)||Sega World||1995|
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