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Reclamation Areas

Land reclamation began at the Port at the time of the triumphal entry of Tokunaga Ieyasu into Edo Castle in the late 16th century. The vicinity of present-day Hibiya and Nihonbashi were reclaimed during the Edo period.
Efforts to reclaim land were pursued in earnest after the Meiji Restoration in 1868, which marks the beginning of modern Japan and, from 1906, when the project to improve the Sumida River estuary was initiated, up to the present, approximately 5,730 hectares of land, or an area equivalent to that of Chiyoda-ku, Chuo-ku, Minato-ku, and Shinjuku-ku combined, has been reclaimed (as of Jan.1, 2013).
Moreover, the reclamation of about 314 hectares of land is also proceeding in the Outer Central Breakwater for waste disposal and other purposes. In addition, the development of the New Waste Disposal Area (about 480 hectares), a new land reclamation area located further offshore, was initiated in 1996.
The construction od the Port of Tokyo has been coupled with the expansion of reclaimed land from the early 17th century to the present day.

Since 1961, the Port has brought into being 2,769 hectares of land, roughly corresponding to the combined aea of Chiyoda-ku and Nakano-ku in Tokyo, through reclamation activities with the intenton of utilizing this land to expand port functions and to help solution of local urban problems.
Indeed, container terminals, a cleaning plant, water reclamation center, a steam driven generating plant, a Shinkansen maintenance base, housing developments, parks and markets are some of the facilities we can find already situated here.
About one eighth of the 2,769 hectares remain undeveloped, to be used for future port facilities, Waterfront Subcenter development, roadways, parks, and other facilities.

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