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Guinness names Tokyo Sky Tree world's highest tower

But the 634m tower ranks second behind Dubai's Burj Khalifa as the 'tallest man-made structure'

Guinness names Tokyo Sky Tree world's highest tower
Tourists smile as they take their souvenir photos under the Tokyo Sky Tree tower in Tokyo on November 17, 2011 (AFP/Getty Images)
Guinness names Tokyo Sky Tree world's highest tower
The 634-meter-tall tower is recognised as the world's highest tower by Guinness World Records on November 17 (AFP/Getty Images)
Guinness names Tokyo Sky Tree world's highest tower
Towers are meant for regular but not living access by humans, and are self-supporting (AFP/Getty Images)
Guinness names Tokyo Sky Tree world's highest tower
Thus, continuously habitable buildings and skyscrapers and radio and TV masts do not qualify as 'towers' (AFP/Getty Images)
Guinness names Tokyo Sky Tree world's highest tower
Therefore, though the Tokyo Sky Tree is currently the tallest tower in the world, it is the second tallest structure in the world, after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai (AFP/Getty Images)
Guinness names Tokyo Sky Tree world's highest tower
The Tokyo Sky Tree, formerly known as New Tokyo Tower, is a broadcasting, restaurant and observation tower under construction in Sumida, Tokyo, Japan (Getty Images)
Guinness names Tokyo Sky Tree world's highest tower
The tower reached its full height of 634 in March 2011 but will not be finished until at least February 2012 (Getty Images)