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Old 01-13-2014, 08:10 PM
 
Location: singapore
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From the global cities ranking, seems like Tokyo have fallen to a notch below the ranks of London and New York..

Any comments about this from various forum members ?
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Old 01-13-2014, 08:54 PM
 
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I would put Tokyo above London and New York. Of course, don't forget the radiation problem.
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Old 01-13-2014, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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In GDP it's above, but in all other factors, like global connectivity (aside from business/trade), cultural influence...actually I take that back, Japanese culture is pretty popular around the world. I think what mainly holds it back is as a city itself (not it's exports) it's a lot less global and international than NYC or London, so cannot claim the 'unofficial world capital' title. Also it's not English speaking and still very insular.
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Old 01-13-2014, 09:03 PM
 
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Global city - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Tokyo is ranked as 1 level below London and New York.. Of course well anybody can edit information posted on wikipedia so the accruacy may be questionable...

In this list ranking..London and New York are the only alpha++ cities..

I been to london though many years ago, didnt impress that much actually.. But well...
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Old 01-13-2014, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Global city - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Tokyo is ranked as 1 level below London and New York.. Of course well anybody can edit information posted on wikipedia so the accruacy may be questionable...

In this list ranking..London and New York are the only alpha++ cities..

I been to london though many years ago, didnt impress that much actually.. But well...
Then again Singapore and Dubai is alpha+ too, along with Sydney.

Yeah London is grand but it doesn't have that huge city feel like NYC, Tokyo.
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Old 01-13-2014, 11:42 PM
 
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i woud say its not as diverse as london or nyc
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Old 01-14-2014, 12:23 AM
 
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Global city - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Tokyo is ranked as 1 level below London and New York.. Of course well anybody can edit information posted on wikipedia so the accruacy may be questionable...

In this list ranking..London and New York are the only alpha++ cities..

I been to london though many years ago, didnt impress that much actually.. But well...
London is a wildcard. It only started properly challenging the likes of NYC and Tokyo in global city amenities/features from around 2007-2008 or so, and only really began to challenge for global hegemony around three years ago. Any comparison prior to this time will be outdated. This is amazing for the fact that, up until the 1990s it was basically a jaded relic of ancient empire, weakened by declining population, urban decay and deliberate measures to decentralize power from the capital of the UK. Due to its timezone, some predict it will be the main centroid of western power as influence shifts to the burgeoning far east. Quite an amazing trend change.
The three should be considered on their own merits, not juxtaposed directly: NYC's core is a dense, stylishly gritty concrete jungle of early 20th century midrises and headquarters to the powerhouse banks that symbolize America's (waning) power. London (nowadays at least) is a sophisticated techno-metropolis that is opulent and cultured, and the center of international financial transactions. Tokyo is not on the level of the other two because it was victim to a stagnating economy for a longer period of time than the other two, and because it isn't as much of an international hub. All three feel huge in a big city sense, all three are huge.

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Old 01-14-2014, 02:06 AM
 
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I don't see how a city like London, with a metro population of 15 million, can be considered in the same rank as Tokyo, with a metro population of over 30 million.

I think London and New York just do a better job at advertising itself. Japan is a very insular country. Japan doesn't want the world to know what is going on in Japan.
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Old 01-14-2014, 03:19 AM
 
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London is a wildcard. It only started properly challenging the likes of NYC and Tokyo in global city amenities/features from around 2007-2008 or so, and only really began to challenge for global hegemony around three years ago. Any comparison prior to this time will be outdated. This is amazing for the fact that, up until the 1990s it was basically a jaded relic of ancient empire, weakened by declining population, urban decay and deliberate measures to decentralize power from the capital of the UK. Due to its timezone, some predict it will be the main centroid of western power as influence shifts to the burgeoning far east. Quite an amazing trend change.
The three should be considered on their own merits, not juxtaposed directly: NYC's core is a dense, stylishly gritty concrete jungle of early 20th century midrises and headquarters to the powerhouse banks that symbolize America's (waning) power. London (nowadays at least) is a sophisticated techno-metropolis that is opulent and cultured, and the center of international financial transactions. Tokyo is not on the level of the other two because it was victim to a stagnating economy for a longer period of time than the other two, and because it isn't as much of an international hub. All three feel huge in a big city sense, all three are huge.
Without getting into this particular p*ssing contest too deeply, and whatever the 'standing' of London now surely your post is a little in-accurate? As the capital city of a country that had the biggest Empire the world has ever seen I would think London was and has been a pretty big player in 'world city' terms for a very long time now?
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Old 01-14-2014, 05:45 AM
 
Location: Great Britain
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London is a wildcard. It only started properly challenging the likes of NYC and Tokyo in global city amenities/features from around 2007-2008 or so, and only really began to challenge for global hegemony around three years ago. Any comparison prior to this time will be outdated. This is amazing for the fact that, up until the 1990s it was basically a jaded relic of ancient empire, weakened by declining population, urban decay and deliberate measures to decentralize power from the capital of the UK. Due to its timezone, some predict it will be the main centroid of western power as influence shifts to the burgeoning far east. Quite an amazing trend change.

The three should be considered on their own merits, not juxtaposed directly: NYC's core is a dense, stylishly gritty concrete jungle of early 20th century midrises and headquarters to the powerhouse banks that symbolize America's (waning) power. London (nowadays at least) is a sophisticated techno-metropolis that is opulent and cultured, and the center of international financial transactions. Tokyo is not on the level of the other two because it was victim to a stagnating economy for a longer period of time than the other two, and because it isn't as much of an international hub. All three feel huge in a big city sense, all three are huge.
London has been a global centre of finance before the US was even a country, although the big transformation in terms of the city happened in 1986 when the financial industry was deregulated and the old trading floors were replaced with electronic trading, it was known at the time as the Big Bang. It was from this period onwards that London really grew in terms financial and currency trading, but then again the entire global trading grew. In terms of many fincial industries such as Insurance, London has always been a world leader.

Big Bang (financial markets) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Banking in the United Kingdom - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Tokyo is a much bigger city than both London and NYC, however Japan has econmoic problems at the moment, and in the long terms the Japanese population is predicted to decrease substantially. It seems the Japanese like Pandas have given up on sex.

Population Pyramid of Japan in 2100

At the same time other cities including Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore etc are establishing themselves as major global financial centres.

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