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23 February 2008 cover
Editor in Chief Steve Trautlein
Categories Newsmagazine, Regional
Frequency Weekly
Circulation 30,000 weekly[1]
Publisher Terrie Lloyd
First issue February 1994
Company Crisscross KK
Country  Japan
Language English

Metropolis is a 80-page free weekly city guide and classified ads glossy magazine published by Crisscross KK targeting English-speaking foreigners in Tokyo.[1]


The magazine was first published in 1994 as the Tokyo Classified. Early editions, in the broadsheet style, consisted of classified advertisements sourced from shop notice boards.[2] Initially distributed with the Daily Yomiuri, the company created an independent distribution network after the newspaper censored advertisements it found objectionable. The magazine is distributed to companies, embassies, hotels, bars, and restaurants.[3]

Since 1999 the magazine hosted an annual Halloween party "Glitterball" at Roppongi's Velfarre club. Since 2003, Metropolis has donated some of the profits each year to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Japan and the YMCA.[4]

Metropolis is owned by Japan Inc. Holdings (JIH).[1][5]


  1. ^ a b c Audit Bureau of Circulation (2006). "Report for Publisher of Free Paper: Metropolis". Metropolis. Retrieved 2008-02-23.  
  2. ^ Adams, Billy (2002-12-11). "Big in Japan". Business A.M. Retrieved 2007-04-28.  
  3. ^ Jonathon Walsh (2004-09-07). "Life in the Metropolis: Mark Devlin, CEO & Publisher, Crisscross K.K.". Entrepreneur Association of Tokyo. Retrieved 2008-02-23.  
  4. ^ Karen Foster. "A Good Cause". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2008-02-23.  
  5. ^ "Metropolis - About Us". Metropolis. 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-23.  

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