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NKK to close Wild Blue Yokohama indoor pool complex+.

TOKYO, April 27 Kyodo

NKK Corp., a major steelmaker, announced Thursday it will close the ''Wild Blue Yokohama'' indoor pool complex in Yokohama at the end of August because of the dwindling number of visitors.

The facility, which opened in 1992, was operated by an NKK subsidiary and built at a cost of about 16 billion yen on NKK's unused land.

However, the number of visitors did not reach expected levels and NKK decided there was little likelihood the number would increase in the future. The company initially hoped to see one million visitors a year, but the most was approximately 800,000 visitors in 1995.

NKK decided to close the facility ahead of plans to integrate its operations with Kawasaki Steel Corp. under a joint holding company in October 2002.
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Date:Apr 30, 2001
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