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Tōkyō, Japan

About Tōkyō

The mainland portion of Tokyo lies northwest of Tokyo Bay and measures about 90 km east to west and 25 km north to south. Chiba Prefecture borders it to the east, Yamanashi to the west, Kanagawa to the south, and Saitama to the north. Mainland Tokyo is further subdivided into the special wards (occupying the eastern half) and the Tama area (多摩地域) stretching westwards. Also within the administrative boundaries of Tokyo Metropolis are two island chains in the Pacific Ocean directly south: the Izu Islands, and the Ogasawara Islands, which stretch more than 1,000 km away from the mainland. Because of these islands and mountainous regions to the west, Tokyo's overall population density figures far underrepresent the real figures for urban and suburban regions of Tokyo. Under Japanese law, Tokyo is designated as a to (都), translated as metropolis.[21] Its administrative structure is similar to that of Japan's other prefectures. Within Tokyo lie dozens of smaller entities, most of them conventionally[citation needed] referred to as cities. It includes twenty-three special wards (特別区 -ku) which until 1943 comprised the city of Tokyo but are now separate, self-governing municipalities, each with a mayor and a council, and having the status of a city. In addition to these 23 municipalities, Tokyo also encompasses 26 more cities (市 -shi), five towns (町 -chō or machi), and eight villages (村 -son or -mura), each of which has a local government. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is headed by a publicly elected governor and metropolitan assembly. Its headquarters are in the ward of Shinjuku. They govern all of Tokyo, including lakes, rivers, dams, farms, remote islands, and national parks in addition to its neon jungles, skyscrapers and crowded subways.

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Tokyo (東京, Tōkyō; "Eastern Capital"?), officially Tokyo Metropolis (東京都, Tōkyō-to?),[2] is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan. It is located on the eastern side of the main island Honshū and includes the Izu Islands and Ogasawara Islands. Tokyo Metropolis was formed in 1943 from the merger of the former Tokyo Prefecture (Tokyo-fu) and the city of Tokyo. The Tokyo Metropolitan government administers the twenty-three special wards of Tokyo, each governed as a city, that cover the area that was the city of Tokyo as well as 39 municipalities in the western part of the prefecture and the two outlying island chains. Metropolitan Tokyo is the capital and largest metropolitan area of Japan. The population of the special wards is over 8 million people, with the total population of the prefecture exceeding 13 million. The prefecture is the center of the Greater Tokyo Area, the world's most populous metropolitan area with 35 to 39 million people (depending on definition) and the world's largest metropolitan economy with a GDP of US$1.479 trillion at purchasing power parity in 2008.[3] Tokyo was described by Saskia Sassen as one of the three "command centers" for the world economy, along with New York City and London.[4] This city is considered an alpha+ world city, listed by the GaWC's 2008 inventory[5] and ranked fourth among global cities by Foreign Policy's 2008 Global Cities Index. In 2009 Tokyo was named the world's most expensive city for expatriate employees, according to the Mercer and Economist Intelligence Unit cost-of-living surveys [6] and named the third Most Liveable City and the World’s Most Livable Megalopolis by the magazine Monocle.[7] Tokyo is the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial Palace, and the home of the Japanese Imperial Family. Tokyo was originally a small fishing village named Edo. In 1457, Ōta Dōkan built Edo Castle. In 1590, Tokugawa Ieyasu made Edo his base and when he became shogun in 1603, the town became the center of his nationwide military government. During the subsequent Edo period, Edo grew into one of the largest cities in the world with a population topping one million by the 18th century.[11] It became the de facto capital of Japan[12] even while the emperor lived in Kyoto, the imperial capital. After about 263 years, the shogunate was overthrown under the banner of restoring imperial rule. In 1869, the 17-year-old Emperor Meiji moved to Edo. Tokyo was already the nation's political and cultural center,[13] and the emperor's residence made it a de facto imperial capital as well with the former Edo Castle becoming the Imperial Palace. The city of Tokyo was established, and continued to be the capital until it was abolished as a municipality in 1943 and merged with the "Metropolitan Prefecture" of Tokyo.

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  • Fukushima operator Tepco po...  |  Aug 02, 2012 02:23:23  |  By hamptonbeach
    Tokyo Electric (Tepco), Japan's biggest utility, said on Wednesday that its group net loss in the three months ended June 30 was 288.39 billion yen ($3.69 billion), down from a 571.8 billion yen loss a year earlier. Tepco forecast a net loss of 16...  View Full Article
  • 'The Hobbit: Tokyo Drift' (...  |  Aug 02, 2012 02:23:23  |  By hamptonbeach
    Like it or not, we're getting a third "Hobbit" movie. What started as rumors at Comic-Con became firm negotiations last week, and on Monday, it was...  View Full Article
  • 'Citizen Kane' no longer to...  |  Aug 02, 2012 02:23:23  |  By hamptonbeach
    On the other hand, the directors, who this time included Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Bong Joon-ho, Guillermo del Toro, and Mic...  View Full Article
  • Tokyo Shares End Down On Pr...  |  Aug 02, 2012 02:23:23  |  By hamptonbeach
    TOKYO--Tokyo stocks fell Wednesday, largely on profit-taking after a string of recent gains, while earnings-related news triggered several high-pro...  View Full Article

Comments (31)

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  • SnakeDoctor Comment By: SnakeDoctor Date: 2009-04-02 11:18:29
      "Chi-Town", Come visit the "Windy City", please leave a thumbs up before you leave
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  • taylorswift Comment By: taylorswift Date: 2009-03-13 05:20:25
    This was nice!
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  • ciscopike Comment By: ciscopike Date: 2009-02-09 17:08:11
    Votes:2Good   Poor
  • nolemater Comment By: nolemater Date: 2008-11-24 10:48:21
    Crazy nice pick for 1400
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  • dns340 Comment By: dns340 Date: 2008-11-24 10:23:46
    Tōkyō    you need to hire help. looks good
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