19 Facts About Tokyo

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

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2. Tokyo is administered by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, which has its headquarters, known in Japanese as Tocho, in Shinjuku ward, west of Shinjuku Station.

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

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

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

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7. 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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8. Tokyo is home to several newspapers, notably Asahi Shinbun, the Mainichi Daily News, the Japan Times, and Yomiuri Shimbun, which boasts the world's largest circulation.

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

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

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12. Tokyo is the capital of Japan and one of the 47 prefectures of the country.

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13. The University of Tokyo is developing a tactile hologram system.

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

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15. The University of Tokyo is Japan's top university, a world-class center for research, and a vibrant academic.

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16. 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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17. In the 2017 Global Financial Centres Index, Tokyo was ranked as having the fifth most competitive financial center in the world, and third most competitive in Asia (after Singapore and Hong Kong).

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

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19. In 2015, Tokyo was named the Most Liveable City in the world by the magazine Monocle.

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