Wednesday, 28th April 2010
In General Japan News,
Tokyo population tops 13 million
The population of Tokyo has passed 13 million, according to new government figures.
Information released by the government showed that the population of Tokyo now stands at 13,010,279.
It is the first time in history that this many people have lived in the capital city. Back in 2000, the population of Tokyo passed the 12 million mark, showing a growth of one million people in the last decade.
The month-on-month increase was around 25,000.
Commenting on the figures, a spokesperson from the Tokyo Metropolitan government's statistics division said that the rise is down to a boom in the building of condominium housing as well as high levels of overseas residents.
According to the spokesperson, the population is expected to continue rising until 2015, when the figure will peak.
The metropolis of Japan is made up of 26 cities, five towns and 8 villages. It is one of the most densely populated regions in the world.
Written by Mark Smith.
Related news stories:
Japan's Obama backs namesake in US presidential race (4th September 2008)