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MINATO (港区, Minato-ku, "Harbor") is a special ward in Tokyo
Tokyo
, Japan. It is also called MINATO CITY in English.

As of 1 July 2015 , it has an official population of 243,094, and a population density of 10,850 persons per km². The total area is 20.37 km².

Minato hosts a large number of embassies. It is also home to various domestic companies, including Honda
Honda
, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. , Mitsubishi Motors
Mitsubishi Motors
Corporation , NEC
NEC
, Sony
Sony
, Fujitsu
Fujitsu
, and Toshiba
Toshiba
, as well as the Japanese headquarters of a number of multi-national firms, including Google
Google
, Apple and Goldman Sachs
Goldman Sachs
.

CONTENTS

* 1 Geography

* 1.1 Districts

* 2 History

* 3 Politics and government

* 3.1 Elections

* 4 Education

* 4.1 Colleges and universities * 4.2 Primary and secondary schools * 4.3 Public libraries

* 5 Economy

* 5.1 Foreign companies * 5.2 Former economic operations

* 6 Diplomatic missions

* 6.1 Embassies * 6.2 Consulates

* 7 Places

* 8 Transportation

* 8.1 Rail * 8.2 Road * 8.3 Ferry

* 9 Notable people from Minato * 10 References * 11 External links

GEOGRAPHY

Minato is located southwest of the Imperial Palace and has boundaries with the special wards of Chiyoda , Chūō , Kōtō (in Odaiba), Shinagawa
Shinagawa
, Shibuya
Shibuya
, and Shinjuku
Shinjuku
.

DISTRICTS

* Akasaka * Atago * Azabudai * Azabu-Jūban * Azabu-Mamianachō * Azabu-Nagasakachō * Hamamatsuchō * Higashi- Azabu
Azabu
* Higashi- Shinbashi * Kaigan * Kita-Aoyama * Kōnan * Minami-Aoyama * Minami- Azabu
Azabu
* Mita * Moto-Akasaka * Moto- Azabu
Azabu
* Nishi- Azabu
Azabu
* Nishi- Shinbashi * Daiba * Roppongi * Shiba Kōen * Shiba * Shibadaimon * Shibaura * Shinbashi * Shiodome * Shirokane * Shirokanedai * Takanawa * Toranomon

HISTORY

The ward was founded on March 15, 1947 with the merger of Akasaka , Azabu
Azabu
, and Shiba Wards. The name minato means "harbor".

POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT

Minato is governed by mayor Masaaki Takei, an Independent supported by all major parties except the Japanese Communist Party . The city legislative assembly has 51 members and is dominated by the Liberal Democratic Party .

ELECTIONS

* Minato mayoral election, 2008

EDUCATION

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

Keio University
Keio University

* Jikei University School of Medicine Nishi Shinbashi campus * Kanazawa Institute of Technology Graduate school; Toranomon campus * Keio University
Keio University
* Kitasato University
Kitasato University
Shirokane campus * Meiji Gakuin University Shirokane campus * National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) * Shibaura Institute of Technology * Temple University Japan
Japan
Campus * Tokyo
Tokyo
University of Marine Science and Technology Shinagawa
Shinagawa
campus * University of Tokyo
Tokyo
Institute of Medical Science

PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Mita Junior High School

The city's public elementary and junior high schools are operated by the Minato City Board of Education.

Mita Junior High School (三田中学校) opened in 2001 after the merger of Minato Junior High School and Shibahama Junior High School.

The local public high schools are operated by the Tokyo
Tokyo
Metropolitan Government Board of Education .

* Akasaka High School (東京都立赤坂高等学校) (since merged with another school) * Mita High School (東京都立三田高等学校) * Roppongi High School * Shiba Commercial High School (東京都立芝商業高等学校)

There are also a variety of private schools, including:

* Friends School , a Quaker school established in 1887. * Meiji Gakuin Senior High School in Shirokane * Russian Embassy School in Tokyo
Tokyo
in Azabudai

PUBLIC LIBRARIES

The city operates the Minato Library, the Mita Library, the Azabu Library, the Akasaka Library, the Takanawa Library, and the Konan Library. The metropolis operates the Tokyo
Tokyo
Metropolitan Library Central Library in Minato. The library opened in 1973.

ECONOMY

Panorama view of Minato

Companies with headquarters in Minato include Air Nippon , All Nippon Airways (ANA), ANA & JP Express , All Nippon Airways Trading, Animax
Animax
, Asmik Ace Entertainment , Brainlab , Cosmo Oil Company , Daicel , Dentsu
Dentsu
, Fujifilm
Fujifilm
, Fuji Xerox , Fujitsu
Fujitsu
, Hazama Ando , Japan
Japan
Tobacco , Kajima , Kaneka Corporation , Konami , KYB Corporation , Kyodo News
Kyodo News
, Mitsubishi Motors
Mitsubishi Motors
, Mitsui Chemicals , Mitsui O.S.K. Lines , Mitsui Oil Exploration Company , NEC
NEC
, Nippon Sheet Glass
Nippon Sheet Glass
, NYK Line , Obayashi Corporation , Pizza-La , The Pokémon Company , Sega Sammy Holdings , Sigma Seven , Sony
Sony
, SUMCO , Toraya Confectionery , Toyo Suisan (owns the branch Maruchan ), TV Tokyo
Tokyo
, WOWOW , and Yazaki . In addition ANA subsidiary Air Japan
Japan
has some offices in Minato.

FOREIGN COMPANIES

The Japanese division of CB"> Embassy of the United States
United States
in Japan
Japan

Several countries operate their embassies in Minato.

EMBASSIES

* Argentina
Argentina
* Australia
Australia
* Austria
Austria
* Bahrain
Bahrain
* Belarus
Belarus
* Belize
Belize
* Bolivia
Bolivia
* Botswana
Botswana
* Brazil
Brazil
* Canada
Canada
* Cambodia
Cambodia
* Chile
Chile
* P.R. China
China
* Costa Rica
Costa Rica
* Cuba
Cuba
* Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
* Ecuador
Ecuador
* El Salvador
El Salvador
* Eritrea
Eritrea
* Ethiopia
Ethiopia
* Fiji
Fiji
* Finland
Finland
* France
France
* Germany
Germany
* Ghana
Ghana
* Greece
Greece
* Guatemala
Guatemala
* Haiti
Haiti
* Honduras
Honduras
* Hungary
Hungary
* Iceland
Iceland
* Italy
Italy
* Iraq
Iraq
* Iran
Iran
* Jamaica
Jamaica
* Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
* Kuwait
Kuwait
* Laos
Laos
* Liberia
Liberia
* Lithuania
Lithuania
* Madagascar
Madagascar
* Malawi * F.S. of Micronesia * Morocco
Morocco
* Mozambique
Mozambique
* Netherlands
Netherlands
* Nicaragua
Nicaragua
* Nigeria
Nigeria
* Norway
Norway
* Pakistan
Pakistan
* Panama
Panama
* Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea
* Philippines
Philippines
* Qatar
Qatar
* Romania
Romania
* Russia
Russia
* San Marino
San Marino
* Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
* Singapore
Singapore
* Slovakia
Slovakia
* Slovenia
Slovenia
* South Korea
South Korea
* Spain
Spain
* Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
* Sudan
Sudan
* Sweden
Sweden
* Switzerland
Switzerland
* Syria
Syria
* Republic of China
China
( Taiwan
Taiwan
) * Ukraine
Ukraine
* United States
United States
* Uruguay
Uruguay
* Venezuela
Venezuela
* Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe

CONSULATES

* Kiribati
Kiribati
* Macedonia * Mauritius
Mauritius
* Tuvalu
Tuvalu

PLACES

Tokyo
Tokyo
Tower Roppongi Hills

* Akasaka : A large residential and commercial area in northern Minato which includes the Akasaka Palace , State Guest House and surrounding gardens, TBS radio and television studios, Ark Hills complex, National Art Center , and the embassy of the United States
United States
. * Aoyama : Home to Aoyama Cemetery, one of Tokyo's largest graveyards, and the Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium
Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium
. * Atago Shrine , the highest point in all 23 wards of Tokyo. * Azabu
Azabu
: One of Tokyo's more upscale residential areas, home to many embassies. * Fushimi Sanpō Inari Jinja : A Shinto shrine in Shiba 3-chōme. * Hamamatsuchō : Hamamatsucho Station is the terminal for the Tokyo Monorail to Haneda Airport . * Mita : Home to Keio University
Keio University
and a large number of small Buddhist temples. * The National Art Center, Tokyo
Tokyo
is a museum that opened in 2007. * Odaiba
Odaiba
: One of Tokyo's most popular entertainment areas, featuring the Fuji TV studios, Palette Town shopping complex, Dream Bridge, Tokyo
Tokyo
Big Sight , and more. Located on an artificial island in Tokyo
Tokyo
Bay, it is connected to central Tokyo
Tokyo
by the Yurikamome transit line over the Rainbow Bridge . * Roppongi : Tokyo's best-known nightlife district, especially popular among foreigners; also home to the Roppongi Hills complex, which houses the studios of TV Asahi
TV Asahi
, the J-Wave radio station, the Tokyo
Tokyo
Grand Hyatt Hotel , and a shopping complex. * Shiba Park : Houses the Zojoji temple. Tokyo
Tokyo
Tower is located one block away. * Shinbashi : Shinbashi Station , the northern terminal of Japan's first railway line. Also home to the Shiosite office and entertainment complex, which houses Nippon Television
Nippon Television
studios. * Shirokanedai : Home to Meiji Gakuin University . * Takanawa : Home to the Sōtō temple of Sengaku-ji . Shinagawa Station , one of Tokyo's largest train stations, is located in Takanawa, although it is associated with Shinagawa
Shinagawa
to the south. An area of many 1980s hotels including the Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa , Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa , and Pacific Meridien Hotel . * Toranomon : TV Tokyo
Tokyo
studios and the Toranomon Station underground complex. * Tsuki no Misaki is a plateau.

TRANSPORTATION

RAIL

Yurikamome

* Keikyu Main Line ( Shinagawa Station )

* Toei Subway :

* Toei Asakusa Line ( Shimbashi Station , Daimon Station , Mita Station , Sengakuji Station , Takanawadai Station ) * Toei Oedo Line ( Shiodome Station , Daimon Station , Akabanebashi Station , Azabu-juban Station , Roppongi Station , Aoyama-itchome Station ) * Toei Mita Line ( Uchisaiwaicho Station , Onarimon Station , Shiba-koen Station , Mita Station , Shirokane- Takanawa Station , Shirokanedai Station )

* Tokyo
Tokyo
Metro :

* Tokyo
Tokyo
Metro Chiyoda Line (Akasaka Station , Nogizaka Station , Omotesando Station ) * Tokyo
Tokyo
Metro Ginza Line ( Shimbashi Station , Toranomon Station , Tameike-sanno Station , Akasaka-mitsuke Station , Aoyama-itchome Station , Gaienmae Station , Omotesando Station ) * Tokyo
Tokyo
Metro Hanzomon Line ( Aoyama-itchome Station , Omotesando Station ) * Tokyo
Tokyo
Metro Hibiya Line ( Kamiyacho Station , Roppongi Station , Hiroo Station ) * Tokyo
Tokyo
Metro Marunouchi Line ( Akasaka-mitsuke Station ) * Tokyo
Tokyo
Metro Namboku Line ( Tameike-sanno Station , Roppongi-itchome Station , Azabu-juban Station , Shirokane- Takanawa Station , Shirokanedai Station )

* East Japan
Japan
Railway Company (JR East)

* Keihin-Tohoku Line
Keihin-Tohoku Line
/ Yamanote Line
Yamanote Line
( Shimbashi Station , Hamamatsucho Station , Tamachi Station , Shinagawa Station ) * Tōkaidō Main Line ( Shimbashi Station , Shinagawa Station ) * Yokosuka Line ( Shimbashi Station , Shinagawa Station )

* Central Japan
Japan
Railway Company (JR Central)

* Tōkaidō Shinkansen ( Shinagawa Station )

* Tokyo
Tokyo
Monorail ( Hamamatsucho Station ) * Yurikamome ( Shimbashi Station , Shiodome Station , Takeshiba Station , Hinode Station , Shibaura-futo Station , Odaiba-kaihin-koen Station , Daiba Station )

ROAD

Rainbow Bridge connecting central Tokyo
Tokyo
to Odaiba
Odaiba
Tokyo Cruise Ship Himiko

* Shuto Expressway :

* No. 1 Haneda Route (Edobashi JCT – Iriya) * No. 2 Meguro
Meguro
Route (Ichinohashi JCT – Togoshi) * No.11 Daiba Route (Shibaura JCT – Ariake JCT) * B Bayshore Route (Namiki – Kawasaki-ukishima JCT) * C1 Inner Loop (Edobashi – Takaracho – Kyobashi – Ginza – Shiodome – Hamazakibashi – Shiba Park – Tanimachi – Kasumigaseki – Daikanmachi – Edobashi)

* National roads:

* Route 1 (Sakurada-dori) * Route 15 (Dai-Ichi Keihin) * Route 246 (Aoyama-dori)

* Other major roads:

* Atago-dori * Kaigan-dori * Kyu-kaigan-dori * Gaien-higashi-dori * Gaien-nishi-dori * Hibiya-dori * Roppongi-dori

FERRY

Tokyo's main ferry terminal is located adjacent to Takeshiba Station on the Yurikamome, due east of JR Hamamatsucho Station .

NOTABLE PEOPLE FROM MINATO

* Hirohito , the 124th Emperor of Japan
Japan
* Takeichi Nishi
Takeichi Nishi
, an Imperial Japanese Army officer, equestrian show jumper, and Olympic Gold Medalist at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics * Kanoko Okamoto (1889–1939), poet, born in Akasaka Ward (present-day Minato) * Sho Sakurai , actor and singer, affiliated with Arashi * Haruomi Hosono , experimental electronic pop musician, noted for the commissioned Muji background music.

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* Minato City official website (in English) * Minato Travel Guide (in English)

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