First Phase of the largest data center in Japan completed

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Construction has been completed on the first phase of the largest data center campus in Japan. Undertaken by Lendlease and Princeton Digital Group (PDG), the first phase of the 96 MW TY1 is located 30 kilometers north of central Tokyo in Saitama City. The TY1 campus is going to cover 60,000 square meters in one of the major commercial centers in the Greater Tokyo area.

The first phase included the core and shell construction of a six-story facility, expected to supply 48MW of IT capacity. Lendlease has injected around US$500 million and PDG has invested US$1 billion across the life of the project. Additionally, TY1 has been developed and constructed on a built-to-suit basis for PDG. The project is expected to be ready for service in the fourth quarter this year.

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Sustainability at the largest data center in Japan

TY1 has been designed to serve high density rack deployments to cater to the infrastructure demands of some of the world’s largest AI and cloud companies. A core part of the design and construction of TY1 has been sustainability. 100 per cent of Scope 1 and 2 emissions attributable to construction works have been mitigated through the use of verified carbon credits and renewable energy certificates. Furthermore, the site utilizes stored rainwater for gardens and toilets, and the garden features only native or adapted plant species. TY1 is targeting LEED certification (LEED v4 BD +C Core & Shell).

“The surge in demand for AI has brought about a pivotal change in the data center landscape. Further, as one of the fastest-growing data center providers, our USD 1 billion investment in TY1 demonstrates our commitment to Japan as part of our strong Pan-Asia growth strategy,” PDG said in a statement.

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“As one of Asia’s fastest-growing data center markets, Japan is the ideal location to deliver our first Lendlease Data Centre Partners facility while directly supporting the Japanese Government’s efforts to enhance the country’s data capabilities and digital resilience,” Lendlease said.

Who the project team are

PDG operates data centers in China, Singapore, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and now, Japan. Lendlease is an integrated real estate group with operations in Australia, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

Amazon’s US$15 Billion data center investment in Japan

In other news, Amazon has announced earlier this year they will be spending nearly US$15 billion in the next three years for the development of data centers in Japan. AWS will expand its infrastructure capacity in Tokyo and Osaka, the two cities where its local data centers are based. Moreover, 2021, the cloud giant disclosed that those data centers support hundreds of thousands of local customers.

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The Amazon unit first moved into the Japanese cloud market in 2011 by opening an AWS region in Tokyo. A region is a cluster of availability zones, which in turn each include one or more data centers. AWS’ Tokyo data center cluster started out with two availability zones. It then received a third in 2012 and a fourth six years later.