23 February 2008 cover
|Editor in Chief||Steve Trautlein|
|First issue||February 1994|
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. 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.
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.