What to do with a post-apocalyptic scene of devastation and decrepitude? Put it in Skyfall, the newest James Bond movie, and invite tourists to visit.

The scene in question is in Nagasaki, Japan, although it’s completely unrelated the atomic bombing that effectively ended World War II. That neighborhood (and the rest of the city) is now doing just fine, thank you.

This devastation is an abandoned coal mine on the wind-blown, storm-swept island of Hashima, 12 miles (19 kilometers) southwest of town. Nicknamed Gunkanjima (“Battleship Island”) for its silhouette, overnight it went from a thriving community to a ghost island.

Read the full story and see the slide show on my Forbes Seat 1A blog.

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