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    (circa 600- )
    Capital of Japan
    Tokyo means Eastern Capital
    Got its start as a fishing town
    Became a power base for Tokugawa Ieyasu, who became shogun and made Tokyo his capital
    Largest city in the world in the early 17th century
    Forced to open ports to foreign commerce (1853)
    Underwent massive industrialization in the 19th century
    Huge earthquake struck the city, killing more than 150,000 (1923)
    Allied bombing killed 100,000+ residents during World War II
    Rebuilt after the war
    Tokyo Tower constructed (1958)
    Hosted the Olympic Games (1964)
    Has some of the largest office buildings in existence
    Population of the Tokyo area is approximately 30 million
    It was once calculated that a square acre of downtown Tokyo would fetch a higher price than the entire state of California.
    Pollution is sometimes so bad that there are vending machines that sell oxygen canisters.
    The subways are extremely crowded and transit officials are stationed at every stop just to push people all the way in the doors.
    It experiences frequent natural disasters.
    Hotel rooms are extremely expensive.
    A large police presence makes the city very safe.
    It is one of the most important commercial centers in the world, especially in banking and electronics.
    About a fifth of Japan's entire population lives in or around it.
    There is a large night life scene in Tokyo.
    The world's first public monorail line runs between downtown Tokyo and one of the city's two airports.
    There are nearly 100 universities and colleges in the city, some of them over a century old.
    Bullet trains connect the city with several other major cities.

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