Thursday, 28th February 2008
In General Japan News,
Tokyo expected to maintain 'high-density' status
The capital of Japan is expected to maintain its status as the world's most densely populated urban area.
According to the findings of a new report by the United Nations (UN), the population of greater Tokyo is expected to rise to 36 million individuals in 2025.
Presently, the area has a total population size of 35.7 million, reports the Japan Times.
"Tokyo accounts for 42 per cent of the urban population of Japan," said Hania Zlotnik, director of the population division of the department of economic and Social Affairs.
"It is the only megacity that appears as a huge primary city among the cities of the world."
A megacity is usually defined as one with a population size in excess of ten million.
The UN has published its expectations in a report, entitled 2007 Revisions of World Urbanisation Prospects.
London and Paris are both considered as megacities, as both have population sizes of approximately 12 million inhabitants, according to the Principal Agglomerations of the World.
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