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    Japan’s postwar danchi style of homes were a modern public housing experiment that defined the country’s middle class. The promise of suburban comforts and privacy lured many salarymen and their families out of Tokyo and other urban centers. Today, some of the complexes are being renovated and reimagined as homes for seniors and suburban communities.

    The danchi were laboratories where the physical and ideological model for middle class families to support Japan’s rapid growth was developed. Architects and officials envisioned a reorientation of living space that would house nuclear families, elevate women and encourage consumer lifestyles. Read more: https://bloom.bg/3uok8P0

    To understand a city, start with the foundation. Floor plans from homes around the world explain how the way we live has shaped the design of urban neighborhoods — and vice versa. This video is part of a special series that explores iconic residential architecture in cities around the world: http://bloomberg.com/home-design-history

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    In This Story: Japan

    Japan is an island country in East Asia located in the northwest Pacific Ocean. Part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, Japan comprises an archipelago of 6,852 islands covering 377,975 square kilometers (145,937 sq mi); the country’s five main islands, from north to south, are Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu, and Okinawa. Tokyo is Japan’s capital and largest city.

    Japan is divided into 47 administrative prefectures and eight traditional regions. The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world, with more than 37.4 million residents.

    Japan is a great power and a member of numerous international organizations, including the United Nations (since 1956), the OECD, and the G7. Japan is a leader in the automotive and electronics industries.

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