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Japan and the Art of Making Manhole Covers (Photo Gallery)

Whether plain or beautifully designed, manhole covers are more than just simple slabs of metal. These photos give an inside view on the manufacturing process.
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Art Underfoot: Japan’s Top 12 Designer Manhole Covers

Manhole covers with colorful designs depicting local characters or scenic and historical spots have become a popular attraction for both Japanese and international tourists. Spots of beauty can be found literally underfoot. Find 12 top designs here, and an introduction to collectible “manhole cards.”
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“Underground Temple” Safeguards Greater Tokyo from Floods

The Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel was completed 10 years ago and has helped reduced flood damage around the nation’s capital on more than 100 occasions. The world-class underground flood control system not only drains rainwater from low-lying areas but has a pressure adjusting tank that, with its huge columns, has been likened to a giant underground temple.
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A Solution to the Global Water Shortage?

Every summer brings water shortages in Japan, and this has given rise to a host of water-saving products. One major hit in recent years has been the Bubble90 nozzle that can cut water use by 90% while also improving washing performance. It has been widely adopted in the restaurant industry.
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Drinking from the Tap: Tokyo’s High-Quality Water Supply

The Tokyo Waterworks employs leading-edge technology and upholds the highest standards to ensure clean, safe, and delicious tap water for the city’s residents.
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Professor Onsen’s Top Hot SpringsMatsuda Tadanori

Japan is blessed with over 3,000 onsen (hot-spring) areas, but here we look at 12 specially selected by Matsuda Tadanori, a leading expert who has been dubbed “Professor Onsen.” These are hot spring destinations whose invigorating waters and age-old traditions set them apart.
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The Tokyo Waterworks Take On the Global MarketInose Naoki

Japan is now focusing on international infrastructure-related businesses as a new growth field. Vice-Governor Inose Naoki explains how the Tokyo Metropolitan Government is aiming to go global with its advanced waterworks technologies and know-how.
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