National Geographic : 1944 Apr
B. Moulin from Ewing Galloway Busy Kobe Built Huge Concrete Warehouses to Handle Its Expanding Sea Trade .Extensive piers have been constructed and the harbor repeatedly deepened. When first opened to foreign commerce in 1867, the town had fewer than 1,000 homes. Before war began, its population was nearing the million mark. It is one of the six largest cities in Japan, has more than 1,100factories, but ispredominantly ashipping center.