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Westward Expansion of Tokyo Population Set to Reverse

During the late twentieth and early twenty-first century, Tokyo expanded to the west with the development of new bedroom communities. However, western Tokyo’s population is expected to shrink dramatically over the next few decades.

Osaka and Tokyo Join World’s Top 10 Most Livable Cities

Osaka (third) and Tokyo (seventh) join the top 10 most livable cities in the world in the annual Global Livability Ranking published by the research department of The Economist Group.

Dialogue in Silence: Going Beyond Language Ahead of Tokyo 2020David McMahon

As Tokyo prepares for the 2020 Olympic Games, the focus is increasingly on the need to prepare for people of different linguistic capabilities and physical needs. A range of activities are underway to prepare residents and visitors alike to interface with one another in positive ways, both during the sporting events and beyond.

Tokyo Espionage: Legendary Soviet Spy Richard Sorge

Operating in Tokyo in the years leading up to World War II, Soviet spy Richard Sorge conducted a stunning feat of espionage that influenced the outcome of the conflict.

The Next Big One: Government Map Forecasts Likely Future Japanese Earthquakes

The government’s Japan Earthquake Forecast Map predicts the probability of temblors on an intensity scale of lower 6 or above occurring throughout the country within the next 30 years. The nation’s major metropolitan zones are within the areas of highest risk.

A Modern History of the Ogasawara Islands: Migration, Diversity, and WarIshihara Shun

The Ogasawara Islands have become a popular destination and focus of media attention since they were declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2011. Fifty years on from the islands’ return to Japanese sovereignty, we look at the remarkable history of the islands, and the sacrifices imposed on the local population during the twentieth century.

An Ogasawara Chronology: From Settlement to UNESCO World Heritage Listing

The environmentally unique Ogasawara Islands have a complex human history stretching back some 200 years. Below we look at the chronology of the volcanic chain from early expeditions and colonization to the present.

Reflections on Ogasawara: Remote Islands with American and Japanese IdentitiesLudy Sforza

The Ogasawara Islands offer a human history as unique as the flora and fauna that inhabit their rustic landscape. This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the return of the islands to Japan by the United States following their occupation after World War II. Two Ogasawara islanders, a mother and son descended from early Western settlers, reflect on life on the culturally eclectic main island of Chichijima.

Japan’s Capital from Meiji to the Modern Age

With the Meiji Restoration of 1868, Edo was renamed Tokyo, the Eastern Capital, and the fever-pitch modernization of the city began in earnest. Twice the great metropolis was leveled, first by the 1923 Great Kantō Earthquake and later by the fire bombings of World War II, yet both times it rose again from the ashes of devastation. With every rejuvenation, however, the city remained true to the Edo blueprint left by Tokugawa Ieyasu.

Tokyo Chosen as Second-Best City for Study Abroad

Tokyo came second in a 2018 ranking of the best cities in the world for international students, following only London.

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