Kobe remains extremely popular among expats for its mild climate and busy nightlife. It has nurtured this cosmopolitanism since the late 19C, when its port was authorised to trade internationally, thus making it popular among westerners. This dynamic economy also led to it being bombed at the end of WWII, but it continued to thrive post war thanks to the extension of its industrial facilities into the sea. In the wake of the 1995 earthquake, it was rebuilt and is now a pleasant modern city with an equal number of business and tourist attractions.
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