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(From International Herald Tribune (Herald Asahi))
Developers take advantage of falling land prices and the knowledge that demand for new tombs will grow. In a vastly overcrowded metropolis where space is at a premium and land prices are among the highest in the world, Tokyo and its vicinity would seem an odd place for a construction boom in cemetery plots
That was until developers linked falling land prices with high demand for tombs, a market that is destined to grow with society's rapid aging
That said, most people object to having a cemetery built in front of their homes
But that didn't stop developers in a quiet corner of Tokyo's Setagaya Ward that is packed with condominiums and homes. In 2003, residents were shocked to learn of plans for a mega-cemetery spanning 4,000 …