While regional areas in Japan are suffering from a declining population, other districts, such as those in Tokyo’s bayside area, are struggling to control a surge in new residents. In 2019, Koto Ward’s population reached 518,000, an 80,000 increase over the past 10 years. Neighboring Chuo Ward’s population bottomed out at 72,000 in 1997 but now sits at 167,000. Numerous high-rise apartment towers and a desire to be closer to one’s office have been the main drivers behind the population growth.
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