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'''Tokyo''' (東京, literally "Eastern capital"}} is the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial Palace, the home of the Japanese Imperial Family, and the ''[[de facto]]'' capital of Japan.
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Prior to 1943, Tokyo was the name of both one of the 47 prefectures of Japan, Tokyo-fu, and the populous city of Tokyo in the eastern half of the prefecture.  In 1943 the city and prefecture were merged into a unique prefectural level government entity, known as ''Tōkyō-to'' 東京都 or "Tokyo Metropolis".  This administrative region includes the twenty-three "special wards" of the former city, many suburban cities in the western half of the prefecture, and two chains of islands extending south into the [[Pacific Ocean]]. About 12 million people, 10 percent of Japan's population, live within Tōkyō-to's  prefectural boundaries.
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About 35 million people live in the Greater Tokyo Area which encompasses Tōkyō-to and surrounding prefectures, making it the [[Largest Metropolitan Area|world's most populous metropolitan area]].
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Because of its huge population and wealth, many world records are or were held here, including the most expensive real estate ever ($1.5 million/sq meter in 1990), the most expensive city for over a decade running, the most passengers served by its train system, and has the largest GDP of any metropolitan area in the world.
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Tokyo is considered one of the world's major global cities and a megacity. The word "Tokyo" may refer to ''Tōkyō-to'' as a whole, or only to the main urban mass under its jurisdiction (thus excluding west Tama and Izu / Ogasawara Islands), or even the whole of Greater Tokyo Area, depending on context. This article refers to ''Tōkyō-to'' unless otherwise stated.
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