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Regional Information Chiba
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The information below is as of November 2017.
- Chiba prefecture is located in the capital region, an enoumous market, and access to Tokyo takes an hour or less. It also has Japan's largest international airport, Narita International Airport, and a special major port, the Port of Chiba.
- Chiba has a well-developed transport infrastructure, including an extensive network of major highways, such as the Tokyo Bay Aqua-line, and a network of railroads. The Tsukuba Express, a rail line linking Tokyo's Akihabara area with Tsukuba Science City began operating in August 2005, dramatically improving access between northwestern Chiba prefecture and Tokyo or Tsukuba.
- Many logistics centers, including those belonging to foreign-financed companies, are located in Chiba prefecture, and take advantage of these superb transportation networks.
- The living environment in the city of Chiba includes a special international education district that allows flexible curriculum guidelines, including an international school, encompassing a kindergarten and elementary school, which will accept Japanese children who have been living overseas and the children of foreign business people. Makuhari International School, established as an Article 1 School under the School Education Law, opened in April 2009.
Chiba Prefecture has a fully developed network of expressways that link every area of the National Capital Region, cities in the prefecture, and Narita International Airport. The Tokyo Outer Ring Road and Metropolitan Inter-City Expressway have already completed, together with the Tokyo Bay Aqua-line, a network that dramatically increases highway transport capacity in the National Capital Region will be formed.
Chiba Prefecture is home to Narita International Airport, which has more international air traffic than any other airport in Japan, and can be thought of as “Japan's aviation gateway.” Narita International Airport is about 30 minutes from the city of Chiba, giving the city superb access to every part of the world. In addition, Narita International Airport handles a lot of freight containing precision machinery and fresh food products, and it is Japan's largest port of entry in terms of value of goods handled.
The Port of Chiba (a special major port) is one of the largest in Japan in terms of the volume and value of freight handled. In addition to handling resources such as liquid natural gas, crude oil, and iron ore, the port is also expanding its role as a container logistics port.
Chiba Prefecture is linked to central Tokyo by JR and private railway networks, which also cover every city in the prefecture. It takes approximately 40 minutes to travel from Chiba Station to Tokyo Station. In July 2010, the Keisei Narita Airport Line opened, linking central Tokyo to Narita International Airport in just over 30 minutes.