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Six things Tokyo has less of than any other city in Japan


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Being the capital city, Tokyo very often tends to come out on top when it comes to rankings – it’s the top tourist destination for foreign visitors, the safest city in the world, the most populated (in fact, the most densely populated place on earth), has long been one of the most expensive (that dubious honor now belongs to Singapore, apparently), was recently declared the most satisfying city…we could go on.

But the student section of Japanese website MyNavi published a list this week of six national rankings that Tokyo comes at the bottom of – things it does worse at than any other city in Japan. Let’s take a look at what they found!

Tokyo is seriously lacking in…

6) Babies

Japan already has one of the lowest birth rates in the world, and that rate plummets to its lowest in the capital. According to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Tokyo women have a total fertility rate (a calculation of the average number of children born to a woman in her lifetime) of 1.13.

▼ Which means a hypothetical woman can be expected to give birth to 1 and ⅛ of a child. Ouch!


5) Farmland

Urban sprawl has left the Tokyo area with just 7,400 hectares of agricultural land. That’s one twentieth of that found in neighbouring Ibaraki Prefecture, which boasts some 173,000 hectares.

4) Rice production

With barely any land to grow it on, it’s no surprise that the Tokyo Metropolis produces less rice than any other prefecture in Japan. Still, Tokyoites managed to grow 666 tons of rice last year – although that pales into significance compared with the 657,000 tons produced in Niigata Prefecture in the same period.


3) Home owners

Only 46 percent of Tokyo households live in their own home, significantly below the national average of 61 percent. Other prefectures with a high proportion of renters include Okinawa, Fukuoka, and Osaka. The city with the highest rate of home owners is Fukuyama in Hiroshima Prefecture where 80 percent of households live in a home they own.

▼ “Meh, home owning isn’t all it’s cracked up to be anyway.”


2) Car owners

Tokyo has more cars than any other city in Japan, but when you look at the average number of cars per household, the capital comes in bottom of the list nationally, with just under 0.5 cars per household. The prefecture with the most car owners on average is Fukui Prefecture, with an average of 1.7 cars per household.

▼ Statistics on the average number of itasha per Tokyo household, sadly, are not yet available.


1) Renewable energy

It’s not just in food production that Tokyo depends heavily on other areas of the country. According to the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies, just 0.4 percent of the capital city’s energy is from renewable sources – the lowest in the country. In Akita Prefecture, by contrast, 19 percent of energy used is from renewables.

▼ Well, there isn’t as much space in the metropolis to start building wind farms as there is up in Akita.

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The MyNavi Student article also cites an international study of climate change awareness that found Tokyoites to be less knowledgeable about global warming than residents of New York, London, Shanghai or Mumbai. Just 30 percent of Tokyo residents surveyed said they thought about the effects of global warming, putting them bottom of the five cities surveyed.

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South Korea pays $3.8 million to make sure Seoul looks good in new “Avengers” movie

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It has been revealed that the South Korean government paid the producers of Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron a whomping $3.8 million to make sure that Seoul was depicted as a high-tech and modern city.

The government’s culture ministry had agreed to cover a third of the filming cost for the newest Avengers movie under the condition that Seoul, and South Korea as a whole, be shown in a postivie light.

Although the use of public funds for product placement has displeased many South Korean citizens, officials hope that Korea’s image in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, will raise the country’s reputation up and out of the publicity shadow of North Korea.

Kim Young Gun from the Korean Film Council revealed that officials hope the movie will change the status of Seoul, bringing it up along the ranks with Tokyo to represent Asia in Hollywood films.

However, an insider with Marvel Studios has claimed that their team has not changed anything in production to appease Korean officials.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron began filming in Sangam-dong, Seoul, last year and has already made its Hollywood premiere.

Onitsuka Tiger Colorado Eighty-Five “Triple White”

Just in time for the upcoming summer season, Onitsuka Tiger unveils a new “Triple White” colorway of the classic Colorado Eighty-Five silhouette. The heritage runner’s premium leather upper is rendered in an all-white hue, with subtle touches of off-white at the heel and outsole. A deep-treaded outsole makes the shoe ideal for outdoor use, though the colorway may not be best suited for off-road exploration.

Priced at $120 USD, the Onitsuka Tiger Colorado Eighty-Five “Triple White” is available for purchase at select accounts likeFeature.

Japan’s desire to preserve youth continues with collagen and protein fortified “anti-aging beer”


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The desire to preserve one’s youth or to achieve one’s ideal of physical perfection is now in full swing more than ever. Although plastic surgery is more common in Asia, I can see our fair share in my own backyard. With the recent viral Kylie Jenner lip challenge, it makes me think how much more obsessed society is becoming to look like the celebrities they admire (even though many of them are anything but admirable).

Recently, we showed you Japan and Korea’s beauty trends to achieve a younger look. However, makeup and beauty products are simply not enough. It seems that Japan is quite adamant about maintaining a youthful appearance because now, you can find anti-aging properties in their beer.

Japanese brewery, Suntory, produced a new beer called “Precious.” It contains collagen, a protein that is believed to contain anti-aging properties. This protein is what gives skin elasticity and it decreases as we get older; this is why we get wrinkles and our skin isn’t as… perky (yikes). Japanese women believe that using and ingesting collagen products will make their wrinkles magically disappear. Quite a smart move there, Suntory brewery.

There has yet to be studies that prove this beer’s anti-aging claims are true, but it’s certainly a smart marketing gimmick to attract women. I’m not sure if I buy into Suntory’s claims, but since it’s beer, it wouldn’t hurt to give it a try.

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