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Officially , is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan of Japan.Tokyo is the capital of Japan, the center of the Greater Tokyo Area, and the List of metropolitan areas by population in the world. It is the seat of the Government of Japan and the Tokyo Imperial Palace, and the home of the Imperial House of Japan. Tokyo is in the Kantō region on the southeastern side of the main island Honshu and includes the Izu Islands and Ogasawara Islands.Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Tōkyō" in ; "Kantō" in Tokyo Metropolis was formed in 1943 from the merger of the former and the .

Tokyo is often referred to and thought of as a city, but is officially known as a "metropolitan prefecture", which differs from a city. The Tokyo metropolitan government administers the Special wards of Tokyo (each governed as an individual city), which cover the area that was formerly the City of Tokyo before it merged and became the subsequent metropolitan prefecture in 1943. The metropolitan government also administers 39 Municipalities of Japan in the western part of the prefecture and the two outlying island chains. The population of the special wards is over 9 million people, with the total population of the prefecture exceeding 13 million. The prefecture is part of the Largest Metropolitan Area with upwards of 35 million people and the List of cities by GDP. The city hosts 51 of the Fortune Global 500 companies, the highest number of any city.

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