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I typically know where to look for this data in the United States, but I'm at a loss when looking for building footprint shapefiles abroad. I thought I could find what I was looking for with Open Street Map data, but when I check out http://downloads.cloudmade.com/asia/eastern_asia/japan/tokyo#downloads_breadcrumbs I don't get the files I need. Anyone know other resources, either official or osm?

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You can can try downloading the Japan OpenStreetMap data at Geofabrik. You can choose between pbf, bz2 or zipped shapefiles. It should have the files you need.

Good luck :)

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Thanks for this, it had what I needed, though building footprint data is a little spotty in some neighborhoods. Based on my conversations with Japanese planners about the inaccessibility of official data like this, I think this is probably the best I can do without a lot of paperwork. –  ChrisHamby Apr 4 '13 at 21:18
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Yeah. It can't be helped. The data is contributed by volunteers and there are just more volunteers in some areas ( usually the more populated ones ) than others. Good luck! –  R.K. Apr 5 '13 at 3:13
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