35 Facts About Greater Tokyo

1. Greater Tokyo is known for its extremely busy public transportation as made famous on youtube.

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2. Greater Tokyo is one of the world's most important cities in terms of economic power and influence, and it serves as the corporate and communications hub for the E Pacific Rim.

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3. Greater Tokyo stores bring the goods of the world home to the domestic market.

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4. Greater Tokyo is intersected by the Sumida River and has an extensive network of canals.

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5. Greater Tokyo was particularly affected by an economic boom in Japan in the 1980s when the country emerged as a global financial center rivaling Europe and the United States.

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6. Greater Tokyo incurred heavy damage from Allied bombings in World War II, when US Air Force raids reduced large sections of the city to rubble.

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7. Greater Tokyo is located on the Pacific on the eastern coast of Honshu, the largest of the four main islands comprising Japan.

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8. Greater Tokyo is the world's most populous metropolitan area and is the center of Japanese culture, finance, and government.

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9. Greater Tokyo was known as Edo until 1868, when the Japanese imperial family was moved there from Kyoto.

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10. Greater Tokyo was a founding member of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.

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11. Greater Tokyo is the founder member of the Asian Network of Major Cities 21 and is a member of the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations.

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12. Greater Tokyo hosts modern Japanese and international pop, and rock music at venues ranging in size from intimate clubs to internationally known areas such as the Nippon Budokan.

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13. Greater Tokyo was rated by the Economist Intelligence Unit as the most expensive city in the world for 14 years in a row ending in 2006.

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14. In 2006, Greater Tokyo enacted the "10 Year Project for Green Tokyo" to be realised by 2016.

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15. Greater Tokyo will be the first Asian city to host the Olympic Games twice.

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16. Greater Tokyo still sees new urban developments on large lots of less profitable land.

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17. In 1943, the city of Greater Tokyo merged with the prefecture of Tokyo to form the "Metropolitan Prefecture" of Tokyo.

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18. The city of Greater Tokyo was officially established on May 1, 1889.

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19. Greater Tokyo was originally a small fishing village named Edo, in what was formerly part of the old Musashi Province.

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20. Greater Tokyo forms part of the Kanto region on the southeastern side of Japan's main island, Honshu, and includes the Izu Islands and Ogasawara Islands.

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21. Greater Tokyo is a fascinating city, where the latest trends and the oldest traditions meet.

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22. Greater Tokyo is one of the best shopping destinations in the world.

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23. Greater Tokyo has more Michelin stars than any other city in the world, with an impressive 14 restaurants awarded the top three-star rating.

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24. Greater Tokyo contains a third of the universities in the country.

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25. Greater Tokyo would like to go yet farther afield, bringing water that now flows into the Sea of Japan across the mountains by tunnel to the Tone.

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26. Since the war Greater Tokyo has taken over from Osaka the role of leading industrial centre in the country.

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27. Greater Tokyo is served by an extensive bus network, and numerous taxi companies.

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28. Greater Tokyo is served by numerous train, subway and bus lines.

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29. Greater Tokyo is linked to the rest of Japan by road, rail, and air.

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30. In 1964, Greater Tokyo hosted the summer Olympic Games and will stage the Olympics again in 2020.

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31. Greater Tokyo is the seat of the Emperor of Japan, the figurehead of Japan's constitutional monarchy, who lives in the Imperial Palace in the heart of Tokyo.

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32. Greater Tokyo is on the Kanto plain, bordering Greater Tokyo Bay, 35 degrees 41 minutes north latitude and 139 degrees 46 minutes east longitude.

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33. Greater Tokyo is located roughly in the middle of the Japanese archipelago facing the Pacific Ocean.

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34. Greater Tokyo is the capital city of Japan, and the biggest city in Japan in terms of population and area.

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35. Greater Tokyo has the largest city economy in the world and is one of three major global centers of trade and commerce along with New York City and London.

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