With all of the dismal talk about the economy and population decline, it is nice to know that some things are still growing in Japan. To be precise, Japan's land area is still growing.
Thanks to projects that fill-in bay areas to create new usable land, Japan's land area grew by 13 km2 in 2008. Such projects have been carried out since the 1800s and central parts of many cities such as Nagasaki, Yokohama, and even Tokyo are a result of them. Unfortunately the current landfill projects are to create more farmland for rice cultivation. Too bad no one is building houses on this new real estate!