The Japanese were the second nation to establish a permanent presence in Luna, settling in the Gilbert highlands, and the Nippon Phyle is still a major power on the Moon. The initial small outpost, a mining operation in an aluminium-rich area, has grown into the city of Tsukuyomi.
The development of Tsukuyomi was greatly boosted in the late 22nd century when GLO chose a nearby site for the Lunar beanstalk tether. Although relatively low in population, Tsukuyomi is of great importance to the cis-Lunar economy. The region around the Tsukuyomi habitats is the hub of the Lunar transportation grid, at which the maglev network meets the beanstalk. About 70% of Lunar external trade passes through the Tsukuyomi terminal.
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