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Tokyo and Cities Along Coast of Japan

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April 14th, 2013 Category: Climate Change

Japan – April 8th, 2013

Japanese cities such as Tokyo (right) appear as grey areas along the coast, flanked by green vegetation and mountain ranges. In order to deal with climate change, particularly related to increased temperatures and air pollution, Tokyo is preparing to force industry to make big cuts in greenhouse gases, taking the lead in a country struggling to meet its Kyoto Protocol obligations. The capital city has Japan’s first emissions cap system, reducing greenhouse gas emission by a total of 25 percent by 2020 from the 2000 level.

Tokyo’s Growing Urbanization and Climate Change

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February 4th, 2013 Category: Climate Change

Japan – January 27th, 2013

The grey expanse in this image is the city of Tokyo, stretching inland from Tokyo Bay and the shoreline of Honshu Island, Japan. Because of growing urbanization, Tokyo has experienced an increase in temperature of 3 degrees Celsius. As temperatures continue to increase and night temperatures stay warmer than average, the demand for energy will be greater, increasing the burden on existing energy infrastructure. Such stresses during peak hours can lead to system failures and service disruptions. When these events take place, vulnerable populations, such as the 22.1% of Tokyo’s population that is over the age of 65 (OCED, 2010), are placed at greater risk for health problems, including heatstroke (click here for more information).

Cities of Nagoya and Tokyo by Bays in Japan – October 23rd, 2012

October 23rd, 2012 Category: Image of the day

Japan – October 21st, 2012

The cities of Nagoya and Tokyo can be observed as large grey expanses spreading inland from bays on the coast of Japan. Nagoya (left) is located by Ise Bay, which has an average depth of 19.5 metres and a maximum depth of 30 metres. Tokyo (right) is located by Tokyo Bay. The Tokyo Bay region is both the most populous and largest industrialized area in Japan

Rivers, Lakes and Bays by Tokyo, Japan

35.6N 139.6E

April 8th, 2011 Category: Lakes, Rivers

Japan - March 30th, 2011

The city of Tokyo, Japan, extends northwest from Tokyo Bay, appearing here as a greyish tan expanse stretching inland from the coast. It is bordered by Chiba Prefecture to the east, Yamanashi to the west, Kanagawa to the south, and Saitama to the north.

In the full image, the Tone and Edo Rivers can be seen flowing through the city. The Tone River flows into the Pacific Ocean to the  right, while the Edo branches off from the Tone and spills into Tokyo Bay.

Also visible within the urban area is Lake Kasumigaura, northeast of Tokyo Bay, near the east coast. Another lake, Lake Inawashiro, can be seen near the top edge, surrounded by snow.


Snow by Tone River Near Tokyo, Japan

35.6N 139.6E

February 4th, 2011 Category: Rivers

Japan - January 16th, 2011

The city of Tokyo and its surrounding urban area appears as a grey area around Tokyo Bay on Japan’s Honshu Island. The bay’s irregular coastline is due to multiple artificial landfills.

In the upper half of the image, the Tone River can be seen flowing through the metropolis and into the Pacific Ocean by Choshi City. Some snow can be seen near the river and in the hills and mountains to the north.