There are many superlatives that can be used to describe Tōkyō of the 21st-century. It has the world’s largest metropolitan economy and GDP, so large that it rivals that of Brazil, Italy and Canada. Fifty-one of the companies listed in the Global 500 have headquarters located there, more than any other city. Ten of these are among the world's hundred largest corporations. The metropolis is the hub of Japan's manufacturing, publishing, transportation, broadcasting and service industries. Moreover, the amalgamation of the Tōkyō Stock Exchange and Ōsaka Securities Exchange has created the world's third-largest by market capitalisation. The Tōkyō Economic Bloc, sited on either side of Tōkyō Bay, is the country's leading industrial centre.
Ultra-crowded, fast-paced, labyrinthine, orderly, ugly, claustrophobic, noisy, and unique. An enormous twin metropolis, site of cutting-edge fashion, design, architecture and high-technology, a consumer paradise and finally, as previously stated, the nucleus of all political, economic and bureaucratic power.
Tōkyō is also a city visited, on average, by a large earthquake every seventy years. The last one was in 1923. The next is well overdue.
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