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The Tokyo region of Japan is, in terms of population, the largest urban area on earth. Its centre comprises the 23 wards of Tokyo itself but the urban sprawl has long since extended to include the other major cities of Kawasaki and Yokohama. From the early 16th century, when the Tokugawa rulers of Japan established their administrative headquarters there, Edo, as it was known, developed quickly into one of the largest cities in the world. It was renamed Tokyo, or 'Eastern Capital', when the Emperor moved there in...
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The Tokyo region of Japan is, in terms of population, the largest urban area on earth. Its centre comprises the 23 wards of Tokyo itself but the urban sprawl has long since extended to include the other major cities of Kawasaki and Yokohama. From the early 16th century, when the Tokugawa rulers of Japan established their administrative headquarters there, Edo, as it was known, developed quickly into one of the largest cities in the world. It was renamed Tokyo, or 'Eastern Capital', when the Emperor moved there in 1868. In the 20th century most of Tokyo was destroyed first by the Kanto earthquake of 1923 and then by the American bombing of 1945. Nonetheless, it was rapidly rebuilt, and is now, along with London and New York, one of the major control centres of the global economy. Yet behind the ultramodern facade of the main commercial areas, Tokyo remains largely a city of narrow streets and small, intimate neighbourhoods. However, the threat of serious earthquakes remains and the relocation of the capital is being increasingly discussed. This is the first annotated, critical survey of the English-language literature on Tokyo and its region.
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"This comprehensive work will be of value to a range of users. Scholars, secondary and postsecondary students, and general travelers will find it helpful. It will be especially beneficial to those involve in international relations and trade since it offers a broad spectrum of titles that give an in depth picture of the forces that have shaped one of the world's major cities."

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Provides a concise annotated guide to literature of Tokyo, mainly in English but with a few items in French and German. Contains some 800 annotations giving information on about 1,200 items. Material on nearby cities of Yokohama and Kawasaki is included. Useful as a reference to anyone with an interest in Japan, urban development, and the post-modern cities of the next century. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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