Tokyo's success story  

Tokyo's success story
Tokyo, the ancient capital of Japan, is a deeply fascinating city that encapsulates all the best aspects of the nation's economic success story. This teeming metropolis never ceases to fascinate visitors: there seem to be so many disparate individuals rushing around, apparently self-absorbed. Of course, the truth of the matter is that each of Tokyo's hard working citizens forms a crucial cog of a well-oiled machine.
Tokyo's history is long and illustrious. It was founded by feudal lords who were often involved in complex and violent power struggles. Around 400 years ago, the city entered the world stage under its then title of Edo. Edo had been established by Shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa, who seized control of Japan in the 17th century. By the time the growing metropolis was rebranded as Tokyo, its social and economic momentum had begun driving it towards the ambitious and thriving population centre more familiar to today's population. Culturally, much of Tokyo's history stems from this period, including burgeoning architectural practices (traditional block printing), and Kabuki (dance/drama). A mere two decades on from the so-called Edo period, Tokyo's population had ballooned to one million.
Although Japan had enjoyed relative peace for several centuries, the mid-1800s through to 1945 were characterised by periods of great social and economic upheaval and wars; not least the catastrophic defeat during World War Two. Through all this disruption, the population of Tokyo grew steadily, as did the city's infrastructure. After a disastrous earthquake in 1923 much of the housing was rebuilt. The industriousness demonstrated by Tokyo's citizens during this period resulted in many technological innovations. Around this time the city constructed a subway system, the Tokyo Port, and its first airport.
While Japan's involvement in World War Two was to prove ultimately disastrous for the nation, in its aftermath the country set about a vigorous return to posterity. Against the background of economic progress the Japanese constitution was founded and Tokyo's ward network initiated. Japan hosted the Summer Olympics in 1964. Amongst a host of technological innovations, bullet trains were introduced, offering new opportunities for economic progress. Money Japan continued to enjoy success up until the 1990s when a brief period of decline saw banks losing their foothold.
As is familiar with most periods of economic downturn, the economy eventually picked up again, and was back on the rise by 2004. Disneyland, the Tokyo Dome, the Tokyo Tower and numerous other major tourist attractions offer ample evidence of Tokyo's startling ability to recover. With the population of Greater Tokyo approaching 30 million, its position as the capital of one of the most prosperous economies on the globe remains characteristically strong.

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