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Minato-ku) is one of the 23
special wards of Tokyo, Japan. As of 1 March 2008, it had
an official population
of 217,335 and a density of 10,865 persons per km².
The total area is 20.34 km².
Minato hosts 49 embassies. It is also home to various companies,
including Honda, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries,
Ltd., Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, NEC, Sony,
Fujitsu and Toshiba.
Minato is located southwest of the Imperial Palace and has
boundaries with the special wards of Chiyoda, Chūō, Kōtō (in
Odaiba), Shinagawa, Shibuya, and Shinjuku.
The ward was founded on March 15, 1947 with the merger of Akasaka, Azabu, and Shiba Wards.
Minato is governed by mayor Masaaki Takei, an Independent supported by all
major parties except the Japanese Communist Party. The
city legislative assembly has 51 members and is dominated by the Liberal Democratic
Primary and secondary
The city's public elementary and junior high schools are
operated by the Minato City Board of Education ( in English,  in
Mita Junior High School (三田中学校 Mita
Chūgakkō) opened in 2001 after the merger of
Minato Junior High School (港中学校) and Shibahama Junior High School (芝浜中学校) were merged. (JA)
The local public high schools are operated by the Tokyo
Metropolitan Government Board of Education.
- Akasaka High School 
- Mita High School 
- Roppongi High School 
- Shiba Commercial High School 
There are also a variety of private schools, including the Friends School, a Quaker school
established in 1887.
The city operates the Minato Library, the Mita Library, the
Azabu Library, the Akasaka Library, the Takanawa Library, and the
Konan Library. The
metropolis operates the Tokyo Metropolitan Library
Central Library in Minato. The library opened in 1973.
Various companies have offices in Minato. The Shiodome
City Center building in Shiodome, Shinbashi includes the corporate headquarters
and public and investor relations offices of Fujitsu, the
headquarters of All Nippon Airways, and the
headquarters of ANA subsidiaries Air Nippon, ANA &
JP Express, and All
Nippon Airways Trading. In
addition ANA subsidiary Air
Japan has some offices in Shiodome City Center.
Prior to moving into the Shiodome City Center, ANA Trading was
headquartered in the Shinagawa Intercity Building B (品川インターシティー B棟 Shinagawa
Intāshitī B-mune) in Minato.
Dentsu has its headquarters
in the Dentsu
Building in the Shiodome district. The
Pokémon Company has its headquarters in the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower in Roppongi. Sega Sammy
Holdings is headquartered in the Shiodome Sumitomo Building in
Minato. Sony is headquartered in Minato. In
Minato Sony also operates the Shinagawa Technology Center in the
InterCity C Tower and the Takanawa Office. Sony
moved to Minato from Shinagawa, Tokyo around the end of
2006. TV Tokyo has its headquarters
in Minato. Sigma Seven, a talent
management firm, is in Minato. Nippon
Cargo Airlines is headquartered in Minato. Asmik Ace Entertainment is
headquartered in Minato. Toyo Suisan, which owns
the branch Maruchan, is
headquartered in Minato. Japan Tobacco has
its headquarters in Minato. Kyodo News is also
centered in Minato.
The Japanese division of CB&I, the
Japanese division of Aramark
and Aim Services, Yahoo! Japan, and
the main Japanese offices of Hanjin and Korean Air are located there. Air France operates an
office and ticketing counter in the New Aoyama Building in
France's Minato office handles Aircalin-related inquiries. Air China has operations in
the Air China Building in Minato. Asiana Airlines
operates a sales office on the sixth floor of the ATT New Tower
At one point Alaska Airlines maintained an office in
In May 1967 the headquarters of Asatsu moved to Shinbashi, Minato. The headquarters moved to
Ginza, Chuo in July
1975 and 1985 Toa Domestic Airlines (later Japan Air
System) was headquartered in Minato.
Before relocating to Chūō, Tokyo, Ricoh was headquartered in Minato. In
2006 Ricoh's headquarters moved to a 25-story building in the Ginza area in Chūō. On
December 22, 2008 operations of Seiko Epson's Tokyo sales office began at
Seiko Epson's Hino Office in Hino, Tokyo. Previously operations were at
the World Trade Center in Minato. In
September 2004 Airtransse, a regional airline, was
headquartered in Minato. In
February 2005 Air Next, an
ANA subsidiary, was headquartered in Minato.
Several countries operate their embassies in Minato. Embassies
of Argentina, Syria, United Kingdom and of the United States are in
- Akasaka: A
large residential and commercial area in northern Minato which
includes the Akasaka Palace, State Guest House and surrounding gardens,
TBS radio and television
studios, Ark Hills
complex, National Art Center, and
the embassy of
- Aoyama: Home
to Aoyama Cemetery, one of Tokyo's largest graveyards, and the Chichibunomiya Rugby
- Atago Shrine, the highest point in
all 23 wards of Tokyo.
- Azabu: One of Tokyo's more
upscale residential areas, home to many embassies.
- Fushimi Sanpō
Inari Jinja: A Shinto shrine in Shiba 3-chōme.
- Hamamatsuchō: Hamamatsucho Station is the terminal for
Monorail to Haneda Airport.
- Mita: Home to Keio University
and a large number of small Buddhist temples.
- The National Art Center,
Tokyo is a museum that opened in 2007.
- Odaiba: One of Tokyo's
most popular entertainment areas, featuring the Fuji TV
studios, Palette Town shopping complex, Dream Bridge, Tokyo Big
Sight, and more. Located on an artificial island in Tokyo Bay,
it is connected to central Tokyo by the Yurikamome transit line over the Rainbow Bridge.
- Roppongi: Tokyo's
best-known nightlife district, especially popular among foreigners;
also home to the Roppongi Hills complex, which houses the
studios of TV Asahi, the
J-Wave radio station, the
Tokyo Grand Hyatt Hotel, and a shopping complex.
- Shiba Park: Houses
temple. Tokyo Tower
is located one block away.
- Shinbashi: Shinbashi Station, the northern terminal of
Japan's first railway line. Also home to the Shiosite office and
entertainment complex, which houses Nippon Television studios.
Home to Meiji Gakuin University.
- Takanawa: Home to the
Soto temple of
Station, one of Tokyo's largest train stations, is located in
Takanawa, although it is associated with Shinagawa to
the south. An area of many 1980s hotels including the Grand Prince Hotel
Takanawa, Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa, and Pacific Meridien
- Toranomon: TV Tokyo studios and the Toranomon
Station underground complex.
- Tsuki no
Misaki is a plateau.
- Keikyu Main Line (Shinagawa
Asakusa Line (Shimbashi Station, Daimon Station, Mita Station, Sengakuji
Station, Takanawadai Station)
- Toei Oedo Line (Shiodome Station, Daimon Station, Akabanebashi Station, Azabu-juban Station, Roppongi
- Toei Mita
Line (Uchisaiwaicho Station, Onarimon Station, Shiba-koen
Station, Shirokane-Takanawa Station, Shirokanedai Station)
- Tokyo Metro:
- Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line (Akasaka
Station, Nogizaka Station, Omotesando Station)
- Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (Shimbashi
Station, Toranomon Station, Tameike-sanno Station, Akasaka-mitsuke Station, Aoyama-itchome Station, Gaiemmae
- Tokyo Metro
Hanzomon Line (Aoyama-itchome
- Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (Kamiyacho Station, Roppongi
- Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
- Tokyo Metro Namboku Line (Tameike-sanno Station, Roppongi-itchome Station, Azabu-juban Station, Shirokane-Takanawa Station, Shirokanedai Station)
- East Japan Railway Company
- Central Japan Railway
Company (JR Central)
- Yurikamome (Shimbashi
Station, Shiodome Station, Takeshiba
Station, Hinode Station, Shibaura-futo Station, Odaiba-kaihin-koen Station, Daiba
- No. 1 Haneda Route (Edobashi JCT – Iriya)
- No. 2 Meguro Route (Ichinohashi JCT – Togoshi)
- No.11 Daiba Route (Shibaura JCT – Ariake JCT)
- B Bayshore Route (Namiki – Kawasaki-ukishima JCT)
- C1 Inner Loop (Edobashi – Takaracho – Kyobashi – Ginza –
Shiodome – Hamazakibashi – Shiba Park – Tanimachi – Kasumigaseki –
Daikanmachi – Edobashi)
- National roads:
- Route 1 (Sakurada-dori)
- Route 15 (Dai-Ichi Keihin)
- Route 246 (Aoyama-dori)
- Other major roads:
Tokyo's main ferry terminal is located adjacent to Takeshiba
Station on the Yurikamome, due east of JR Hamamatsucho Station.
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