The construction site of a new development in the Azabudai Hills neighborhood of Tokyo.

A New Tallest Skyscraper for Japan

The Toranomon-Azabudai reaches 330 meters into the sky, far lower than international standards but taller by 30 meters than the previous tallest building in Japan.

July 5, 2023 - CNN

Tokyo Expressway

Tokyo Expressway to Become a Linear Park

A major expressway in Ginza will be converted to a park similar to New York City's High Line.

April 15, 2021 - Japan Property Central


A Different Kind of Density: Lessons From Asian Megacities

As the pandemic has made clear, a healthy, prosperous future will depend on the development of the kinds of density that encourage strong social infrastructure.

June 24, 2020 - Jordan Sand

Houston Freeway

A Houston Columnist Celebrates Japan's Transit Infrastructure

The paper of record in a Texas oil town is a surprising place to find an article singing the praises of a society built on public transit instead of the automobile.

September 6, 2019 - Houston Chronicle

Sunday Fun: Take a Google Earth Flyover Tour of Tokyo's Yamanote Line

A key ring route in Tokyo's massive collection of rail lines, the JR Yamanote Line is a public transit aficionado's wildest dream. Reece Martin offers a guided tour of the line, available from the comfort of any YouTube-enabled screen.

November 18, 2018 - YouTube


Japan Targeting 2020 Olympics for a Driverless Car System

Japan prioritizes technological advancement to grow its economy.

June 6, 2018 - Reuters

Rainbow Bridge

Future Floods May Test Tokyo's Defenses

Despite the presence of a formidable (and expensive) underground flood control system, Tokyo may confront floods and rainfall that will challenge the city's capacity to protect itself.

October 24, 2017 - The New York Times

Tokyo Blur

Ranking the Safest Cities in the World—Tokyo Leads the List

The Economist's Intelligence Unit has released its 2017 Safe Cities Index.

October 13, 2017 - Quartz


A National Day of Telecommuting

Companies and workers in the country of Japan are less likely to work from home than in the United States. The government hopes to increase the number of telecommuters during the 2020 Olympics, however.

July 25, 2017 - Quartz

Adventure Playground

Adventure Playgrounds Set the Children Free

An exploration of how adventure playgrounds enable freedom for children living in a world full of helicopter parents.

November 22, 2016 - The New Yorker


An interview with a photographer about his unflattering pictures of train riders in Tokyo's crowded subway.

October 21, 2016 - CNN

Tokyo Subway Map

Asian Subways Are the Busiest

Rankings from the International Association of Public Transport have Tokyo on top, followed by Beijing and Shanghai. New York comes in seventh.

November 11, 2015 - Citymetric


Drones and Robots Filling in for Japan's Shortage of Construction Workers

With fewer human workers available to meet demand, Japanese construction company Komatsu is turning to automated equipment and drones.

October 14, 2015 - The Verge

San Jose Arterial Street

Another Study Shows That Narrow Is Safer Than Wide for Traffic Lanes

Better Cities & Towns gives its imprimatur to the "narrower is better" approach to lane width for traffic safety thanks to a study by Toronto transportation planner, Dewan Masud Karim, presented at the Canadian ITE annual conference.

August 12, 2015 - Better Cities & Towns

Tokyo Skyline

A Highly Subjective Ranking of World Cities

Toronto, Tokyo, and Helsinki may have little in common, but they all top Metropolis Magazine's list of the world's most liveable cities, as named by an expert panel of designers and urbanists. Eight runnners-up were named in a variety of categories.

August 3, 2015 - Metropolis Magazine

Zaha Hadid's $2 Billion Tokyo Stadium Plans Scrapped

Japan has pulled the plug on an ambitious stadium plan, expected to cost $2 billion and designed by one of the world's most famous architects.

July 21, 2015 - The Guardian

Japan Sets Train Speed Records Twice in a Few Days

Maglev trains owned by Central Japan Railway were clocked traveling at speeds of 603 km/h, less than week after traveling 590 km/h to set a record last set in 2003.

April 23, 2015 - The Guardian

Asian Cities are the World's Safest

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) released its Safe Cities Index 2015, finding that Asian cities lead the world in several measures of security.

February 9, 2015 - Global Post

'Tradition and Stability' Win as Tokyo Selected to Host 2020 Olympics

With the selection of Tokyo over Istanbul and Madrid as the host of the 2020 Summer Olympics, continuing concerns over radioactivity trumped social instability and a deep economic recession as the least dangerous alternative.

September 9, 2013 - The New York Times

Maglev Breaks Speed Record in Japan Trials

New maglev train in Japan reached 310 mph on a test track. With construction about to begin, some worry that declining population would make the project unsustainable.

September 6, 2013 - Wired

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