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Tokyo's subway and commuter rail network became one of the busiest in the world as more and more people moved to the area. In the 1980s, real estate prices skyrocketed during a real estate and debt bubble. The bubble burst in the early 1990s, and many companies, banks, and individuals were caught with mortgage backed debts while real estate was shrinking in value. A major recession followed, making the 1990s Japan's "Lost Decade" from which it is now slowly recovering.
Tokyo still sees new urban developments on large lots of less profitable land. Recent projects include Ebisu Garden Place, Tennozu Isle, Shiodome, Roppongi Hills, Shinagawa (now also a Shinkansen station), and the Marunouchi side of Tokyo Station. Buildings of significance are demolished for more up-to-date shopping facilities such as Omotesando Hills.
Land reclamation projects in Tokyo have also been going on for centuries. The most prominent is the Odaiba area, now a major shopping and entertainment center. Various plans have been proposed for transferring national government functions from Tokyo to secondary capitals in other regions of Japan, in order to slow down rapid development in Tokyo and revitalize economically lagging areas of the country. These plans have been controversial within Japan and have yet to be realized.
The 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami that devastated much of the northeastern coast of Honshu was felt in Tokyo. However, due to Tokyo's earthquake-resistant infrastructure, damage in Tokyo was very minor compared to areas directly hit by the tsunami, although activity in the city was largely halted. The subsequent nuclear crisis caused by the tsunami has also largely left Tokyo unaffected, despite occasional spikes in radiation levels.
On September 7, 2013, the IOC selected Tokyo to host the 2020 Summer Olympics. Tokyo will be the first Asian city to host the Olympic Games twice.
Weakening typhoon Lan passes near Tokyo, at least two killed - Reuters
22 Oct 2017 at 7:04pm
ReutersWeakening typhoon Lan passes near Tokyo, at least two killedReutersTOKYO
(Reuters) - A rapidly weakening typhoon Lan made landfall in Japan
on Monday, setting off landslides and flooding but leaving the capital, Tokyo
, largely unscathed, although at least two people were reported killed and train and plane services ...Typhoon Lan sweeps across Japan
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Typhoon Lan causes flooding in Tokyo as it sweeps up Japan's ... - NBCNews.com
23 Oct 2017 at 4:14am
NBCNews.comTyphoon Lan causes flooding in Tokyo as it sweeps up Japan's ...NBCNews.com
At least three people are reported to have been killed as the typhoon led to flooding, landslides and travel chaos across Japan.Dystopian-like footage of typhoon warning broadcast in Japan ...RTall 32 news articles »
Japan's Glass Ceiling Survives Tokyo Leader's Insurgent Campaign - CityLab
23 Oct 2017 at 5:52am
New York TimesJapan's Glass Ceiling Survives Tokyo Leader's Insurgent CampaignCityLabJapan's
national elections did not quite live up to the expectations of Tokyo
Governor Yuriko Koike. In late September, when she formed an upstart national political party, the Party of Hope, to challenge the long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party, it ...Japan
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Japan's Infamous Halloween Trains - Kotaku
23 Oct 2017 at 3:06am
KotakuJapan's Infamous Halloween TrainsKotaku
In years past, the ?Halloween train? was a carriage taken over by costume-wearing foreigners, who turned it into an impromptu space for merrymaking and boozing. Tokyo's
Halloween train even sparked protests! My, how things have changed.
Einstein's thoughts on happy living emerge in pair of Tokyo hotel notes - The...
22 Oct 2017 at 8:44am
The Japan TimesEinstein's thoughts on happy living emerge in pair of Tokyo hotel notesThe Japan Times
?Maybe if you're lucky those notes will become much more valuable than just a regular tip,? Einstein told the Japanese
messenger, according to the seller, a resident of Hamburg, Germany, who wished to remain anonymous. One note, on the stationary of ...
Einstein's theory of happy living emerges in Tokyo
noteJapan Todayall 21 news articles »
Thong Jeans and Dirty Sneakers Hit the Runway at Tokyo Fashion Week - Footwea...
23 Oct 2017 at 11:33am
Footwear NewsThong Jeans and Dirty Sneakers Hit the Runway at Tokyo Fashion WeekFootwear News
... thong jeans at Tokyo
Fashion Week. The pants ? a more extreme version of jeans that Kendall Jenner stepped out in last April ? were styled with an oatmeal-colored long-sleeved bodysuit, gray sneakers and see-through glasses on the runway in Japan
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Tokyo Governor Hopes Her New 'Party Of Hope' Will Shake Up Japanese Politics ...
20 Oct 2017 at 5:54am
NPRTokyo Governor Hopes Her New 'Party Of Hope' Will Shake Up Japanese PoliticsNPRJapanese
voters have just days left to decide who they will support in a snap general election set for Sunday. Japanese
politics are usually tame. But this time around, the charismatic governor of Tokyo
is adding unexpected elements to the race. Yuriko ...
It looks like the glass ceiling in Japanese
politics will hold firm againLos Angeles TimesThe Pride And (Anti-Korean) Prejudice Of Tokyo
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The Joy of Sake festival returns to Tokyo - Japan Today
22 Oct 2017 at 4:09pm
Japan TodayThe Joy of Sake festival returns to TokyoJapan Today
The Joy of Sake, the world's most popular sake tasting outside Japan
, returns to the homeland of sake on Nov 1 with 381 premium labels from every sake-brewing region of Japan
. The event at Gotanda's TOC Building marks The Joy of Sake's eighth year in ...
Are tattoos illegal in Japan - CNN - CNN.com - CNN
18 Oct 2017 at 4:58pm
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Tokyo, Japan (CNN) Black is a color you won't find on the walls of Ron Sugano's tattoo parlor in the upmarket Meguro district of south-west Tokyo, where quaint ...and more »
As scandal widens, Japan's Kobe Steel faces key debt test - Reuters - Reuters
23 Oct 2017 at 5:02am
ReutersAs scandal widens, Japan's Kobe Steel faces key debt test - ReutersReuters
As Kobe Steel Ltd becomes increasingly embroiled in a data falsification scandal, concerns are growing about its outstanding liabilities despite the Japanese ...and more »