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Old 06-08-2010, 04:50 PM
 
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I am confused to how that works.
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Old 06-08-2010, 05:52 PM
 
Location: CT
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Apparently and surprisingly not. I had to look it up to make sure cause I was like, huh, of course it is lol.
But Tokyo is "one of the 47 prefectures of Japan," and "prefectures are governmental bodies larger than cities, towns, and villages." It's officially called the Tokyo metropolis and was formed in 1943 by merging the city of Tokyo with the original Tokyo Prefecture. It's split up into 23 wards each governed as a city.
Crazy stuff huh?

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Old 06-09-2010, 10:09 AM
 
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Apparently and surprisingly not. I had to look it up to make sure cause I was like, huh, of course it is lol.
But Tokyo is "one of the 47 prefectures of Japan," and "prefectures are governmental bodies larger than cities, towns, and villages." It's officially called the Tokyo metropolis and was formed in 1943 by merging the city of Tokyo with the original Tokyo Prefecture. It's split up into 23 wards each governed as a city.
Crazy stuff huh?
Yes, but the metropolis has a governor and an assembly which appear to handle and coordinate the overall affairs of the prefecture.
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Old 06-10-2010, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I see it as like NYC, only with 23 'boroughs' instead of 5!
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Old 06-24-2012, 02:08 PM
 
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To answer the OP's question, yes and no. The 23 special wards are aesthetically considered the "city limits" of Tokyo, while that is half of the prefecture of the same name. The other (Western) half of Tokyo Prefecture is made up of separate incorporated cities.
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Old 08-01-2015, 04:56 AM
 
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The Structure of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) is a good page to understand Tokyo
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Old 08-07-2015, 04:36 PM
 
Location: 東京
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"Tokyo" is a prefecture. The Tokyo Metropolitan Area as it's commonly understood includes the urban parts of Eastern Tokyo, as well as the urban parts of neighboring Kanagawa, Saitama, and Chiba prefectures, but not the rural parts of Western Tokyo.
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Old 08-07-2015, 07:23 PM
 
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I assume it is like New York City and it is just an amalgamation of other cities.
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Old 08-07-2015, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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I lived in suburban Tokyo in the early 70's. I never did understand where Tokyo began and ended. What communities were actually Tokyo or what were considered suburbs. It seemed like one monstrous size city, that went on an on for miles and miles. I believe I lived some 35 miles from Tokyo proper. I'd say it's very similar to NYC in its design, and Tokyo is actually made up of a number of communities. The same as NYC or LA to name another US comparison. . I lived in Fussa and the next city was actually Tachakawa I distinctly remember the Japanese people I knew told me. The entire Tachakawa Tokyo area was all Tokyo.
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Old 08-07-2015, 11:30 PM
 
Location: 東京
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Tokyo would be like New York City if the boundaries of New York City for some reason included large swaths of upstate New York.
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