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Status of Tokyo: Comparing Tokyo with Major Cities of the World

  • Kazutoshi Abe
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Part of the International Perspectives in Geography book series (IPG, volume 8)

Abstract

This chapter evaluates Tokyo’s status among Japan’s major cities and compares Tokyo with major cities of the world in terms of the concentration of head and branch offices of large private companies. The first main focus is on analyzing the number of head and branch offices in Japan from 1950 to 2010. Clearly, the largest number of head offices is found in Tokyo, which also hosts the large number of branch offices. The difference in status between Tokyo and Japan’s other cities has increased in recent times. The chapter’s second focus is to compare the situation in Tokyo with that in the major cities of the Republic of Korea, France, the United Kingdom (UK), Thailand, the United States of America (US), Germany, and India. Tokyo, Seoul, Paris, Bangkok, and London gravitate to the same category as capital cities with strength in terms of head and branch office locations. Conversely, within the US, Germany, and India, capital cities weaker in terms of numbers.

The important factor affecting these results is the political system. Namely, in the cases of federated states, capital cities have a lower status, whereas the capitals of non-federated states enjoy very high status.

Keywords

Large private firm Major cities of Japan Major world cities Tokyo Political system 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Aichi University of EducationKariyaJapan

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