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The TōKAI REGION (東海地方, Tōkai-chihō) is a subregion of the Chūbu region
Chūbu region
in Japan
Japan
that runs along the Pacific Ocean
Pacific Ocean
. The name means "East sea" and comes from the Tōkaidō , one of the Edo Five Routes . Because Tōkai is a sub-region and is not officially classified, there is some disagreement about where exactly the region begins and ends, however Japanese maps widely conclude that the region includes Shizuoka , Aichi , Gifu and Mie prefectures.

The largest major city in the region is Nagoya
Nagoya
and the Chūkyō Metropolitan Area ( Nagoya
Nagoya
Metropolitan Area) makes up a large portion of the region and has Japan's third strongest economy. The business influence of this urban area sometimes extends out into the outlying areas of the three prefectures centered on Nagoya
Nagoya
which are Aichi, Gifu, and Mie; this area is sometimes referred to as the Chūkyō region.

Tōkai is a heavy manufacturing area and is one of the most industrial regions in Japan. Its coast is lined with densely populated cities with economies that thrive on factories.

The Tōkai region
Tōkai region
has experienced a number of large earthquakes in the past, including the two great earthquakes in 1944 (also known as the "Tonankai earthquake") and 1945 (also known as the "Mikawa earthquake"). Following the work of Kiyoo Mogi , it is predicted that there is a possibility that the area will be subject to a shallow magnitude 8.0 earthquake in the near future. Nagoya
Nagoya
, Shizuoka , and other large cities would be greatly damaged, with potential casualties in the tens of thousands. The Coordinating Committee for Earthquake Prediction designated the region as an Area of Specific Observation in 1970, and upgraded it to an Area of Intensified Observation in 1974.

CONTENTS

* 1 Railroads * 2 Companies * 3 Universities * 4 Airports

* 5 Sports clubs

* 5.1 Baseball * 5.2 Football * 5.3 Basketball

* 6 Power generation * 7 See also * 8 Notes

RAILROADS

Central Japan
Japan
Railway Company , an arm of the former national railway Japan
Japan
Railways Group , operates in an area roughly coextensive with the Tōkai region. In fact, JR Central's legal Japanese name is Tōkai Railway Company, abbreviated to JR-Tōkai ("JR Central" is the English name). JR Central operates the Tōkaidō Main Line
Tōkaidō Main Line
between Atami and Maibara stations, as well as the Tōkaidō Shinkansen
Tōkaidō Shinkansen
high speed line between Tokyo
Tokyo
and Shin-Ōsaka , and many conventional lines joining with the Tōkaidō Main Line.

COMPANIES

* Toyota Motor Company
Toyota Motor Company
* Yamaha
Yamaha
* Kawai Musical Instruments
Kawai Musical Instruments

UNIVERSITIES

* Nagoya
Nagoya
University * Nanzan University
Nanzan University
* Nagoya
Nagoya
Institute of Technology * Gifu University
Gifu University
* Mie University
Mie University
* Chukyo University
Chukyo University
* Toyohashi University of Technology * Nihon University College of International Relations * Shizuoka University
Shizuoka University

AIRPORTS

* Chūbu Centrair International Airport
Chūbu Centrair International Airport
* Nagoya
Nagoya
Regional Airport

SPORTS CLUBS

BASEBALL

* Chunichi Dragons
Chunichi Dragons

FOOTBALL

* Júbilo Iwata
Júbilo Iwata
* Nagoya
Nagoya
Grampus * Shimizu S-Pulse
Shimizu S-Pulse
* F.C. Gifu * Honda F.C.
Honda F.C.
* F.C. Kariya
F.C. Kariya

BASKETBALL

* Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix
Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix
* Aisin Seahorses

POWER GENERATION

The Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant
Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant
is located within the Tōkai region.

SEE ALSO

* Hokuriku region
Hokuriku region
* Kōshin\'etsu region * Shin\'etsu region

NOTES

* ^ Karan, Pradyumna Prasad. (2005). Japan
Japan
in the 21st Century: Environment, Economy, and Society, p. 36, p. 36, at Google Books
Google Books
. * ^ A B Two grave issues concerning the expected Tokai Earthquake Kiyoo Mogi, Earth Planets Space, Vol. 56 (No. 8), pp. li-lxvi, published 2004, accessed 2011-03-11

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