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Minato (港区, Minato-ku, "Harbor") is a special ward in Tokyo, Japan. It is also called Minato City in English. As of 1 July 2015[update], it has an official population of 243,094,[1] and a population density of 10,850 persons per km². The total area is 20.37 km².[citation needed] Minato hosts a large number of embassies. It is also home to various domestic companies, including Honda, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Motors
Mitsubishi Motors
Corporation, NEC, Sony,[2] Fujitsu,[3] and Toshiba, as well as the Japanese headquarters of a number of multi-national firms, including Google,[4] Apple[5] and Goldman Sachs.[6]

Contents

1 Geography 2 History 3 Politics and government

3.1 Elections

4 Districts 5 Education

5.1 Colleges and universities 5.2 Primary and secondary schools 5.3 Public libraries

6 Economy

6.1 Foreign companies 6.2 Former economic operations

7 Diplomatic missions

7.1 Embassies 7.2 Consulates

8 Places 9 Transportation

9.1 Rail 9.2 Road 9.3 Ferry

10 Notable people from Minato 11 References 12 External links

Geography[edit] Minato is located southwest of the Imperial Palace and has boundaries with the special wards of Chiyoda, Chūō, Kōtō (in Odaiba), Shinagawa, Shibuya, and Shinjuku. History[edit] The ward was founded on March 15, 1947 with the merger of Akasaka, Azabu, and Shiba Wards. The name minato means "harbor". Politics and government[edit] 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[edit]

Minato mayoral election, 2008

Districts[edit]

Shiba Area

Atago Shiba Shibakōen Shibadaimon Shinbashi Shiodome Toranomon Nishi-Shinbashi Hamamatsuchō Higashi-Shinbashi Kaigan (1-chōme) Mita (1, 2, 3-chōme)

Azabu
Azabu
Area

Azabu-Jūban Azabudai Azabu-Nagasakachō Azabu-Mamianachō Nishi-Azabu Higashi-Azabu Minami-Azabu Moto-Azabu Roppongi

Akasaka Area

Akasaka Kita-Aoyama Minami-Aoyama Moto-Akasaka

Takanawa
Takanawa
Area

Shirokane Shirokanedai Takanawa Mita (4, 5-chōme)

Shibaura-Kōnan Area

Kōnan Shibaura Daiba Kaigan (2, 3-chōme)

Education[edit] Colleges and universities[edit]

Keio University

Jikei University School of Medicine
Jikei University School of Medicine
Nishi Shinbashi
Shinbashi
campus Kanazawa Institute of Technology
Kanazawa Institute of Technology
Graduate school; Toranomon
Toranomon
campus Keio University Kitasato University
Kitasato University
Shirokane
Shirokane
campus Meiji Gakuin University
Meiji Gakuin University
Shirokane
Shirokane
campus National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies
(GRIPS) Shibaura
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[edit]

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
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[7] Russian Embassy School in Tokyo
Tokyo
in Azabudai[8]

Public libraries[edit] The city operates the Minato Library, the Mita Library, the Azabu Library, the Akasaka Library, the Takanawa
Takanawa
Library, and the Konan Library.[9] The metropolis operates the Tokyo
Tokyo
Metropolitan Library Central Library in Minato. The library opened in 1973.[10] Economy[edit]

Panorama view of Minato

Companies with headquarters in Minato include Air Nippon,[11] All Nippon Airways (ANA),[12][13] ANA & JP Express,[14] All Nippon Airways Trading,[15] Animax,[16] Asmik Ace Entertainment,[17] Brainlab,[18] Cosmo Oil Company,[19] Daicel,[20] Dentsu,[21] Fujifilm,[22] Fuji Xerox,[23] Fujitsu,[24] Haseko,[25] Hazama Ando,[26] Japan
Japan
Tobacco,[27] Kajima,[28] Kaneka Corporation,[29] Konami,[30] KYB Corporation,[31] Kyodo News,[32] Mitsubishi Motors,[33] Mitsui Chemicals,[34] Mitsui O.S.K. Lines,[35] Mitsui Oil Exploration Company,[36] NEC,[37] Nippon Sheet Glass,[38] NYK Line,[39] Obayashi Corporation,[40] Pizza-La,[41] The Pokémon Company,[42] Toagosei,[43] Sega Sammy Holdings,[44] Sigma Seven,[45] Sony,[46] SUMCO,[47] Toraya Confectionery,[48] Toyo Suisan
Toyo Suisan
(owns the branch Maruchan),[49] TV Tokyo,[50] WOWOW,[51] and Yazaki.[52] In addition ANA subsidiary Air Japan
Japan
has some offices in Minato.[53] Foreign companies[edit] The Japanese division of CB&I,[54] the Japanese division of Aramark
Aramark
and Aim Services,[55] Google
Google
Japan,[56] Yahoo! Japan,[57] and the main Japanese offices of Hanjin
Hanjin
and Korean Air
Korean Air
are located there.[58] Air France
Air France
operates an office and ticketing counter in the New Aoyama Building in Minato.[59] The Japanese division of Deutsche Post, DHL. Air France's Minato office handles Aircalin-related inquiries.[60] Air China
Air China
has operations in the Air China
Air China
Building in Minato.[61] Asiana Airlines
Asiana Airlines
operates a sales office on the sixth floor of the ATT New Tower Building.[62] Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines
has its Japan offices in the Eagle Hamamatsuchō
Hamamatsuchō
Building (イーグル浜松町ビル, Īguru Hamamatsuchō
Hamamatsuchō
Biru) in Minato.[63] Iran Air
Iran Air
has its Tokyo
Tokyo
office in Akasaka.[64] Former economic operations[edit] Japanese companies that formerly had headquarters in Minato include Air Next,[65] Airtransse,[66] Asatsu,[67] Jaleco
Jaleco
Holding,[68][69] Ricoh,[70][71] Toa Domestic Airlines (later Japan
Japan
Air System and later Japan
Japan
Air Lines),[72][73][74] On December 22, 2008 operations of Seiko Epson's Tokyo
Tokyo
sales office began at Seiko Epson's Hino Office in Hino, Tokyo. Previously operations were at the World Trade Center in Minato.[75][76] Diplomatic missions[edit]

Embassy of the United States
United States
in Japan

Several countries operate their embassies in Minato. Embassies[edit]

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

Consulates[edit]

 Kiribati  Macedonia  Mauritius  Tuvalu

Places[edit]

Tokyo
Tokyo
Tower

Roppongi
Roppongi
Hills

Akasaka: A large residential and commercial area in northern Minato which includes the Akasaka Palace, State Guest House
State Guest House
and surrounding gardens, TBS radio and television studios, Ark Hills complex, National Art Center, and the embassy of the United States. Aoyama: Home to Aoyama Cemetery, one of Tokyo's largest graveyards, and the Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium. Atago Shrine, the highest point in all 23 wards of Tokyo. 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
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: One of Tokyo's most popular entertainment areas, featuring the Fuji TV studios, Palette Town
Palette Town
shopping complex, Dream Bridge, Tokyo Big Sight, and more. Located on an artificial island in Tokyo
Tokyo
Bay, it is connected to central Tokyo
Tokyo
by the Yurikamome
Yurikamome
transit line over the Rainbow Bridge. Roppongi: Tokyo's best-known nightlife district, especially popular among foreigners; also home to the Roppongi
Roppongi
Hills complex, which houses the studios of TV Asahi, the J-Wave radio station, the Tokyo Grand Hyatt Hotel, and a shopping complex. Shiba Park: Houses the Zojoji
Zojoji
temple. Tokyo
Tokyo
Tower is located one block away. Shinbashi: 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
Takanawa
Shrine Takanawa: Home to the Sōtō
Sōtō
temple of Sengaku-ji. Shinagawa
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
Toranomon
Station underground complex. Tsuki no Misaki
Tsuki no Misaki
is a plateau.

Transportation[edit] Rail[edit]

Yurikamome

Keikyu Main Line
Keikyu Main Line
( Shinagawa
Shinagawa
Station) Toei Subway:

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

East Japan
Japan
Railway Company (JR East)

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

Central Japan
Japan
Railway Company (JR Central)

Tōkaidō Shinkansen
Tōkaidō Shinkansen
( Shinagawa
Shinagawa
Station)

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

Road[edit]

Rainbow Bridge connecting central Tokyo
Tokyo
to Odaiba

Tokyo
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
Shibaura
JCT – Ariake JCT) B Bayshore Route (Namiki – Kawasaki-ukishima JCT) C1 Inner Loop (Edobashi – Takaracho – Kyobashi – Ginza – Shiodome
Shiodome
– Hamazakibashi – Shiba Park
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[edit] Tokyo's main ferry terminal is located adjacent to Takeshiba Station on the Yurikamome, due east of JR Hamamatsucho Station. Notable people from Minato[edit]

Hirohito, the 124th Emperor of Japan Takeichi Nishi, an Imperial Japanese Army
Imperial Japanese Army
officer, equestrian show jumper, and Olympic Gold Medalist at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics Kanoko Okamoto
Kanoko Okamoto
(1889–1939), poet, born in Akasaka Ward (present-day Minato)[77] 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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