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is a special ward in
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. It is also called Minato City in English. It was formed in 1947 as a merger of
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Akasaka
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and Shiba wards following
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's transformation into Tokyo Metropolis. The modern Minato ward exhibits the contrasting
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geographical and cultural division. The
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neighborhood in the ward's northeastern corner is attached to the core of
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, the original commercial center of Edo-Tokyo. On the other hand, the Azabu and Akasaka areas are typically representative Yamanote districts. , it had an official population of 243,094, and a
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population density
of 10,850 persons per km2. The total area is 20.37 km2. Minato hosts many embassies. It is also home to various domestic companies, including
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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation
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Sony
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, as well as the Japanese headquarters of a number of multi-national firms, including
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Geography

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


History

The ward was founded on 15 March 1947, with the merger of
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Akasaka
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Azabu is an area within Minato in Tokyo Tokyo (Japanese language, Japanese: , ''Tōkyō'' ), historically known in the west as Tokio and officially the Tokyo Metropolis (, ''Tōkyō-to''), is capital of Japan, the capital and most populous Prefe ...
, and Shiba Wards. The name ''Minato'' means "harbor".


Politics and government

Minato is governed by Mayor Masaaki Takei, an
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supported by all major parties except the
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. The city legislative assembly has 51 members and is dominated by the
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.


Elections

* 2008 Minato mayoral election


Districts and neighborhoods

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Area *
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Akasaka
* Kitaaoyama * Minami-Aoyama, Minamiaoyama * Moto-Akasaka, Motoakasaka ;
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Area * Azabudai * Azabu-Jūban * Azabu-Mamianachō * Azabu-Nagasakachō * Higashi-Azabu, Higashiazabu * Minami-Azabu, Minamiazabu * Moto-Azabu, Motoazabu * Nishi-Azabu, Nishiazabu * Roppongi ; Shiba Area * Atago, Tokyo, Atago * Hamamatsuchō * Higashi-Shinbashi, Higashishinbashi * Kaigan, Minato, Tokyo, Kaigana * Mita, Minato, Tokyo, Mitab * Nishi-Shinbashi, Nishishinbashi * Shiba * Shibadaimon * Shiba Park, Shibakōen *
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* Shiodome * Toranomon ;Shibaura-Kōnan Area * Daiba, Minato, Tokyo, Daiba* * Kaigan, Minato, Tokyo, Kaiganc, * * Kōnan, Minato, Tokyo, Kōnan* * Shibaura* ;Takanawa Area * Mita, Minato, Tokyo, Mitad, * * Shirokane* * Shirokanedai* * Takanawa* Notes: * - formerly part of Shiba Area
a - 1-chōme
b - 1, 2, 3-chōme
c - 2, 3-chōme
d - 4, 5-chōme


Education


Colleges and universities

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


Primary and secondary schools

The city's public elementary and junior high schools are operated by the Minato City Board of Education. 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 Metropolitan Government Board of Education. * (since merged with another school) * * Roppongi High School * There are also a variety of private schools, including: *Keio Girls Senior High School *Keiō Chutobu Junior High School *Shiba Junior and Senior High School *Azabu Junior and Senior High School *Friends School (Japan), Friends School, a Quaker school established in 1887. *Meiji Gakuin Senior High School in Shirokane, Minato, Tokyo, Shirokane *Russian Embassy School in 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 Metropolitan Library Central Library in Minato. The library opened in 1973.


Economy

Companies with headquarters in Minato include Air Nippon, All Nippon Airways (ANA), ANA & JP Express, All Nippon Airways Trading, Animax,." Asmik Ace Entertainment, Brainlab, Cosmo Oil Company, Daicel, Dentsu, Euglena (company), Fujifilm, Fuji Xerox,FUJI XEROX Company Profile
" Fuji Xerox. Retrieved on July 12, 2010.
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, Haseko, Hazama Ando, Japan Tobacco, Kajima, Kaneka Corporation, Konami, Kayaba Industry, KYB Corporation, Kyodo News, Mitsubishi Motors, Mitsui Chemicals, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Mitsui Oil Exploration Company,
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, Nippon Sheet Glass, NYK Line, Obayashi Corporation, Oki Electric Industry, Pizza-La, The Pokémon Company, THK (company), THK, Toagosei, Toraya Confectionery, Sato Pharmaceutical, Sega Sammy Holdings, Sigma Seven,
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, SUMCO, Toraya Confectionery, Toyo Suisan (owns the branch Maruchan), TV Tokyo, WOWOW, and Yazaki. In addition ANA subsidiary Air Japan has some offices in Minato.Company Guide
" ''Air Japan''. Retrieved on May 19, 2009.


Foreign companies

The Japanese division of CB&I, the Japanese division of Aramark and Aim Services, Google Japan, Yahoo! Japan, and the main Japanese offices of Hanjin and Korean Air are located there. Air France operates an office and ticketing counter in the New Aoyama Building in Minato. The Japanese division of Deutsche Post, DHL. Air France's Minato office handles Aircalin-related inquiries. Air China has operations in the Air China Building in Minato. Asiana Airlines operates a sales office on the sixth floor of the ATT New Tower Building. Hawaiian Airlines has its Japan offices in the in Minato. Iran Air has its Tokyo office in Akasaka.


Former economic operations

Japanese companies that formerly had headquarters in Minato include Air Next, Airtransse, Asatsu, Jaleco, Jaleco Holding, Ricoh, Toa Domestic Airlines (later Japan Air System and later Japan Air Lines), On 22 December 2008 operations of Seiko Epson's Tokyo sales office began at Seiko Epson's Hino Office in Hino, Tokyo. Previously operations were at the World Trade Centre in Minato.


Diplomatic missions

Several countries operate their embassies in Minato.


Embassies

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Consulates

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Places

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Akasaka
is a large residential and commercial area in northern Minato which includes the Akasaka Palace and surrounding gardens, Tokyo Broadcasting System, TBS radio and television studios, Ark Hills complex, Tokyo midtown, Tokyo Midtown, and the American Embassy, Tokyo, embassy of the United States. * Aoyama, Tokyo, Aoyama is home to Aoyama Cemetery, one of Tokyo's largest graveyards, and the Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium. * Atago Shrine (Tokyo), Atago Shrine is the highest point in all 23 wards of Tokyo. *
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is one of Tokyo's more upscale residential areas, home to many embassies. * Fushimi Sanpō Inari Jinja is a Shinto shrine in Shiba 3-chōme. * Hamamatsuchō is the location of Hamamatsucho Station is the terminal for the Tokyo Monorail to Haneda Airport. * Mita, Minato, Tokyo, Mita is home to Keio University and several small Buddhist temples. * The National Art Center, Tokyo is a museum that opened in 2007. * Odaiba is one of Tokyo's most popular entertainment areas, featuring the Fuji Television, Fuji TV studios, Palette Town shopping complex, Dream Bridge, Tokyo Big Sight, and more. Located on an artificial island in Tokyo Bay, it is connected to central Tokyo by the Yurikamome transit line over the Rainbow Bridge (Tokyo), Rainbow Bridge. * Roppongi is Tokyo's best-known nightlife district, especially popular among foreigners; home to The National Art Center, Tokyo, National Art Center, also home to the 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 temple. Tokyo Tower is located one block away. *Shinbashi Station, in
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, is the northern terminal of Japan's first railway line. Also home to the Shiosite office and entertainment complex, which houses Nippon Television studios. * Shirokanedai is home to Meiji Gakuin University. * Takanawa is 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, Tokyo, Shinagawa to the south. It is an area of many 1980s hotels including the Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa, Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa, and Pacific Meridien Hotel, Shinagawa Prince Hotel. * There is an urban aquarium called Aqua Park Shinagawa on the premises of the Shinagawa Prince Hotel, and the number of visitors exceeds 1.5 million annually. * Toranomon, Minato, Tokyo, Toranomon houses the National Printing Bureau,Bureau Overview
" National Printing Bureau. Retrieved on February 28, 2019. TV Tokyo studios and the Toranomon Station underground complex.


Transportation


Rail

*Keikyu Main Line (Shinagawa Station) *Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation, Toei Subway: **Toei Asakusa Line (Shimbashi Station, Daimon Station (Tokyo), Daimon Station, Mita Station, Sengakuji Station, Takanawadai Station) **Toei Oedo Line (Shiodome Station, Daimon Station (Tokyo), 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 Metro: **Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line (Akasaka Station (Tokyo), Akasaka Station, Nogizaka Station, Omotesando Station) **Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (Shimbashi Station, Toranomon Station, Tameike-sanno Station, Akasaka-mitsuke Station, Aoyama-itchome Station, Gaienmae Station, Omotesando Station) **Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line (Aoyama-itchome Station, Omotesando Station) **Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (Kamiyacho Station, Roppongi Station, Hiroo Station) **Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (Akasaka-mitsuke Station) **Tokyo Metro Namboku Line (Tameike-sanno Station, Roppongi-itchome Station, Azabu-juban Station, Shirokane-Takanawa Station, Shirokanedai Station) *East Japan Railway Company (JR East) **Keihin-Tohoku Line/Yamanote Line (Shimbashi Station, Hamamatsucho Station, Tamachi Station (Tokyo), Tamachi Station, Shinagawa Station) **Tōkaidō Main Line (Shimbashi Station, Shinagawa Station) **Yokosuka Line (Shimbashi Station, Shinagawa Station) *Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) **Tōkaidō Shinkansen (Shinagawa Station) *Tokyo Monorail (Hamamatsucho Station) *Yurikamome (Shimbashi Station, Shiodome Station, Takeshiba Station, Hinode Station, Shibaura-futō Station, Odaiba-kaihinkōen Station, Daiba Station (Tokyo), Daiba Station)


Road

*Shuto Expressway: **No. 1 Haneda Route (Edobashi JCT – Iriya) **No. 2 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 * Takeichi Nishi, an Imperial Japanese Army officer, equestrian show jumper, and Olympic Gold Medalist at the 1932 Summer Olympics, 1932 Los Angeles Olympics * Kanoko Okamoto (1889–1939), poet, born in Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo, Akasaka Ward (present-day Minato) * Sho Sakurai, actor and singer, affiliated with Arashi * Haruomi Hosono, experimental music, experimental electronic pop musician, noted for the commissioned Muji background music * Jado, Puroresu, Japanese professional wrestler (New Japan Pro-Wrestling) * Fishmans, a pop music, pop and dub music, dub band composed primarily of Shinji Sato, Yuzuru Kashiwabara, Kin-ichi Motegi, Hakase-Sun and Kensuke Ojima * Nujabes, real name Jun Seba, a record producer, audio engineer, DJ, composer, arranger and pioneer of the Hip hop music, Hip hop subgenre chillhop or Lo-fi music, lo-fi


References


External links


Minato City Official Website
{{Authority control Minato, Tokyo, Diplomatic districts Wards of Tokyo