Tokyo residents oppose massive data centre project

The centre, projected to emit 1.8 million tons of carbon dioxide annually, has prompted the group to file a petition for an urban planning review and consider arbitration to halt construction.


Residents of Akishima city in western Tokyo are petitioning to block the construction of a large logistics and data centre by Singaporean developer GLP. Over 220 residents have expressed concerns that the centre would harm local wildlife, cause pollution, increase electricity usage, and deplete the city’s groundwater supply.

The group has filed a petition to review the urban planning process that approved GLP’s 3.63-million-megawatt data centre, which is estimated to emit around 1.8 million tons of carbon dioxide annually. They also worry that the project would require cutting down 3,000 of the 4,800 trees on the site, threatening the habitat of Eurasian goshawks and badgers.

The residents are considering arbitration to force GLP to reconsider its plans, with construction set to begin in February and completion expected by early 2029. The opposition comes amidst growing demand for data centres in Japan, where the market is projected to grow significantly over the next few years. GLP has declined to comment on the matter.