Last summer, a giant 1/1 scale Gundam statue towered over Tokyo's Odaiba. That statue will be erected this July in the city of Shizuoka. How will it affect the local economy?
The city of Shizuoka guestimates that the statue is able to draw 900,000 visitors and 40 billion yen ($490 million) over the course of 300 days. The statue will also create 9600 jobs for things like security, maintenance and the like. The duration of the statue's stay in Shizuoka has yet to be decided.
The Production Factory for Bandai's Gundam plastic models are located in Shizuoka - hence the decision to bring the enormous Gundam there.
Originally, the statue went up in Tokyo's Odaiba last July for the 35th Anniversary of Gundam and was taken done in September. The statue was visited by over four million people. What kind of impact did that make? Check for yourself.
ガンダム像、静岡展示の経済効果は４００億円 : 経済ニュース : マネー・経済 : YOMIURI ONLINE（読売新聞） [Yomiuri Online via ANN][Pic]