Japan Becoming Bigger


Since October 1st of last year, Japan has seen an increase in its available land. Numerous areas, including Tokyo, Ibaraki and Nagasaki, are growing larger, with Japan’s total land area now reaching 377,943.57 square kilometers (about 10% smaller than California).

The cities most heavily influenced by this were Tokyo and Nagasaki, with an increase of 13.58 and 8.93 square kilometers respectively.

According to the Geographical Survey Institute, the yearly increase in land area is estimated to be around one 25,000th of the total area of the nation.

And the cause of this not so puzzling increase? Polders, dikes, land reclamation, all are helping push back the sea in areas of critically high land value, which happens to be most cities considering Japan is 90% mountainous and thus unsuitable for much building.

This should certainly be good news for those living in the more cramped areas of the country.

Via ZakZak.

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    Comment by Erml
    15:47 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    When I saw the title I thought it was about breasts. HOW DARE YOU DISAPPOINT ME! ;_;

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    Comment by RaikenTB
    17:19 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wouldn't give up hope. The current generation is growing due to a changing diet. Though I'll probably be an old man by the time their women actually have breasts...

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    Comment by Geerie
    20:07 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    when i think about japan breasts usually arent synonymous.

    Comment by Leode
    16:31 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm not much of a bust person. But admittedly I came thinking the same thing. ( oooo - double entendre )

    Comment by SabekujiKaneda
    21:13 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL and I thought the increase in land was because of volcanic/tectonic movement XP

    Comment by Svinto
    02:47 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I had no idea this was happening. But the reason is logical.
    Soo, Japan is the new Netherlands then?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:33 17/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm a Dutchfag and I really question the wisdom of the Japanese. The sea levels are rising constantly and we've found ourselves in the unpleasant situations that we've got to pour a lot of money in heightening and widening the dikes and strengthening the keringen just to keep what we've got. People are seriously wondering whether it's even possible to continue like this, and creating new polders is surely folly, at least until sea levels start falling or we develop some magical new construction material to build better dikes with.

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    Comment by metatron
    18:16 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    More land...still expensive

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    Comment by paul
    08:30 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    they would have more space if only they can get the american base out of okinawa

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    Comment by Aoshi
    11:40 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wonder if they'll start building underground next. A reversed Tokyo called Tokyo-2 or something like that.

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    Comment by maga
    12:40 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I say screw 2 and go straight to 3.

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    Comment by BUTKILLER
    05:28 04/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why hasn't anyone commented on the realistic picture lol

    Comment by A Zabber
    02:05 05/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was thinking about it XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:48 17/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Russians should really consider giving away the volcanic Kamchatka to them - atleast Japanese would use it well :3

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    Comment by Kip
    10:19 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So the next step will be to... grind down the mountains?

    Comment by Yoko
    15:29 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They'll have no fresh water or have enough supply, if they grind down the mountain and it's part of their culture. Lol てんこ! I say it's more cheaper to extend outwards to the ocean than flatten to within. The supply of minerals/nutrients from mountain to streams helps plants thrive and animals live on it, all that ecosystem junk. ww Sankaku www "Environmentalist" ww, Simulation wwww Game,w Sim www city, wwwww Lol. Without the mountains Japan would basically be like a desert.

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    Comment by Kip
    12:22 05/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not to mention, it's more than likely impractical to do something like that.
    Imagine all the exlposives and how dangerous that would be, especially to surrounding towns, farm, and ecosystems especially.

    I'm just being silly. wwwwww

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    Comment by dmil666
    11:08 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Didn't they already do that to make that big island airport? You know, the one that is sinking?

    Comment by mpz
    12:00 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kansai airport near Osaka was completed way back in 1994. It's not even sinking as badly anymore as it was in the first years.

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    Comment by XSportSeeker
    09:59 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wonder when japanese scientists will develop some mountain flattening technology at low costs... :P

    Not that I'd want that... I loved so much the few shinkansen trips I made while in Japan, mainly because of the scenery...

    I know! Japan should totaly invade Brazil... here we have lots of land but a completely corrupt and incompetent government. ^^

    Comment by Yoichi
    12:32 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, no.. it wouldn't be good, really
    japan's mountain should not be flattened
    mountain's what add plus points of Japan

    or else anyone can't take a bath in onsen with beautiful natural mountain scenery

    Comment by Notorion
    10:15 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan "invaded" Peru and made a mess of the already messy country, it took the Peruvian alot of crap to finally get rid of that Jap.

    U sure u wanna Jap for ur head

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    Comment by BUTKILLER
    05:22 04/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Go kill yourself racist dick

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:48 17/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who the heck cares about Peru?
    Is that shit even on the map?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:55 09/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wat... wachutalkingbout... I live in Peru and neither the japs made a "mess" (most of them are actually pretty successful), neither we got "rid" of them... (Well sorta during the WWII, when we send them to concentration camps in the US).

    We even had a japanese descent president later on, who is still estimated by a large part of the country...

    tl;dr lrn2history

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:11 17/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That was hilarious until I realised you meant esteemed.
    Silly thing is, both words come from æstimare, it's just English that's wierd.

    Comment by Wan
    09:42 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Heh I was just waiting for the parking article.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:02 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hope to live in Japan someday.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:00 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    in 100 years their land may reach korea, LOL!

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    Comment by Geerie
    19:59 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i can hear korea now "no we reached you".

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:04 04/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL!! oh koreans~ xD

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:06 17/04/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    koreans hate the japanese

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:09 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They already have an island that's half way there...

    *whistles and walks away*

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    Comment by metatron
    18:17 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I lol'd anon XDD

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    Comment by WondrousWizard
    10:46 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Damn yeah LOL

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    11:42 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anon
    10:01 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's like playing with SimCity's land editor. I can't wait for the giant robot disaster to happen.

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    Comment by Kip
    10:06 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Wouldn't be surprised to see a fusion power plant there someday soon too.

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    Comment by Chris
    10:51 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nah, giant solar power plants are the way to go. No chance of messy nuclear disasters!

    Comment by Suido
    18:39 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Solar power is fusion power!
    Fusion power just cuts out the middle man.

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    Comment by basilio
    13:02 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    No nuclear waste, radioactive materials, (virtually) unlimited resources for fusion, and high efficiency.

    As far as solar cells go, their efficiency sucks crap... hahaha.

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    Comment by Kip
    12:27 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, in SC2, the cold fusion power plant was the safest, most efficient plant available, although no one really had one at the time the game came out, and a real-life one might be more dangerous than the one in the game.

    Same goes for LAUNCH ARCOS!!!!!!!

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    Comment by NitWit005
    12:29 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    But where is the fun in that?

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    Comment by Kip
    13:43 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL, I was just thinking about how in early Sim City games you used to be able to build business or neighborhood areas three buildings deep sometimes without a road to get to them.

    Japan could always do that...

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    Comment by RaikenTB
    10:14 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I saw an article on TV there once regarding changes they're making to the trains. Large underground tunnels are being dug around the country so they can eventually have the train system run through them instead and create more space in the cities.

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    Comment by Artefact

    They are said to be thinking of calling this radical invention a "sub-way system". Truly, Japan is a land of marvels.

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    Comment by Geerie
    20:03 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    my thoughts exactly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:23 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Would the train system be screwed if an earthquake were to happen though?

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    Comment by NitWit005
    12:30 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Would you prefer having the elevated tracks collapse to the earth with you in it or the ceiling caving in on the train?

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    Comment by RaikenTB
    12:44 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Measures will probably be taken to deal with it. Though I agree it does seem a bit risky...

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:31 03/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If this continues... ...Dramatic pause... ...Japan will collapse into the depths of the earth!

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