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Tokyo, Japan

LOCATION

Official Website:
http://www.metro.tokyo.jp/

Population:
12,527,115 (2003)

SCHOOLS

SchoolFounded
Gakushuin University
1950
Seikei University
1947
University of the Sacred Heart Tokyo
1916
Waseda University
1882
Meiji University
1881
Hosei University
1880
University of Tokyo
1877
Rikkyo University
1874
Keio University
1858

ORCHESTRA

OrchestraFounded
Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
1965
Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra
1962
NHK Symphony Orchestra
1926

COMPANY HEADQUARTERS

CompanyFounded
Mizuho Financial Group
2003
Square Enix
2003
Millea Holdings
2002
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial
2002
Willcom
1994
Nippon Telegraph & Telephone
1985
Shinsei Bank
1952
Japan Tobacco
1949
Honda
1948
Casio
1946
Sega
1940
Ricoh
1936
Fujitsu
1935
Canon
1933
Nissan Motors
1932
Bridgestone
1931
7-Eleven
1927
Shin-Etsu Chemical
1926
Nomura
1925
Nikon
1917
Komatsu
1917
Hitachi
1910
NEC
1899
Mitsubishi
1870

BIRTHS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Emperor Akihito
Royalty
23-Dec-1933   Emperor of Japan
Prince Akishino
Royalty
30-Nov-1965   Second son of Emperor Akihito
Masami Akita
Musician
1956   Merzbow, Destroyer of Worlds
Rocky Aoki
Business
9-Oct-1938 10-Jul-2008 Benihana founder
Nobuyoshi Araki
Photographer
25-May-1940   Tokyo Lucky Hole
Samaire Armstrong
Actor
31-Oct-1980   The O.C. and Entourage
Olivia de Havilland
Actor
1-Jul-1916   Gone With the Wind
Dennis Felton
Basketball
21-Jun-1963   UGA Head Coach
Joan Fontaine
Actor
22-Oct-1917   Suspicion
Ryutaro Hashimoto
Head of State
29-Jul-1937 1-Jul-2006 Prime Minister of Japan, 1996-98
Tsutomu Hata
Head of State
24-Aug-1935   Prime Minister of Japan, 1994
Miho Hatori
Musician
1970   Vocalist, Cibo Matto
Yukio Hatoyama
Politician
11-Feb-1947   Prime Minister of Japan, 2009-10
Emperor Hirohito
Royalty
29-Apr-1901 7-Jan-1989 Emperor of Japan 1926-89
Hiroshige
Artist
1797 12-Oct-1858 Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido
Prince Hitachi
Royalty
28-Nov-1935   Brother of Emperor Akihito
Hokusai
Artist
Oct-1760 10-May-1849 Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji
William H. Itoh
Diplomat
30-May-1943   US Ambassador to Thailand, 1996-99
Chen Kenichi
Chef
1956   Iron Chef Chinese
Takeshi Kitano
Film Director
18-Jan-1947   Zatoichi
DJ Krush
Musician
1962   Japanese turntablist
Akira Kurosawa
Film Director
23-Mar-1910 6-Sep-1998 Yojimbo
Ken Kutaragi
Inventor
8-Aug-1950   Father of the PlayStation
William McDonough
Architect
20-Feb-1951   Environmentalist Architect
Empress Michiko
Royalty
20-Oct-1934   Empress of Japan
Prince Mikasa
Royalty
15-Dec-1915   Son of Emperor Taisho
Yukio Mishima
Author
14-Jan-1925 25-Nov-1970 The Sea of Fertility
Kenji Mizoguchi
Film Director
16-May-1898 24-Aug-1956 The Life of Oharu
Ikue Mori
Musician
17-Dec-1953   Electronic music and drum machine innovator
Tatsuya Nakadai
Actor
13-Dec-1932   The Sword of Doom
Yoichiro Nambu
Physicist
18-Jan-1921   Spontaneous broken symmetry
Prince Naruhito
Royalty
23-Feb-1960   Crown Prince of Japan
Sadaharu Oh
Baseball
20-May-1940   Japan's all-time Home Run King
Masi Oka
Actor
27-Dec-1974   Hiro Nakamura on Heroes
Yoko Ono
Artist
18-Feb-1933   Impenetrable musician, wife of John Lennon
Edwin O. Reischauer
Diplomat
15-Oct-1910 1-Sep-1990 US Ambassador to Japan, 1961-66
Franklin J. Schaffner
Film Director
30-May-1920 2-Jul-1989 Patton and Planet of the Apes
Hideki Shirakawa
Chemist
20-Aug-1936   Metallic polymers
Arne M. Sorenson
Business
c. 1959   President and COO of Marriott
Suzi Suzuki
Pornstar
3-May-1972   Suzi Bung Holee-O
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Actor
27-Sep-1950   Mortal Kombat
Toru Takemitsu
Composer
8-Oct-1930 20-Feb-1996 A Way A Lone
Hideki Tojo
Head of State
30-Dec-1884 23-Dec-1948 Prime Minister of Japan, 1941-44
Liv Ullmann
Actor
16-Dec-1938   The Passion of Anna
Helen Waddell
Author
31-May-1889 5-Mar-1965 The Wandering Scholars
Linda E. Watt
Diplomat
c. 1951   US Ambassador to Panama, 2002-05
Shigeru Yoshida
Head of State
22-Sep-1878 20-Oct-1967 Prime Minister of Japan, 1948-54
Hideki Yukawa
Physicist
23-Jan-1907 8-Sep-1981 Predicted existence of mesons

DEATHS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Hildegard Behrens
Singer
9-Feb-1937 18-Aug-2009 Operatic soprano
Louis Calhern
Actor
19-Feb-1895 12-May-1956 Duck Soup
Donald "Duck" Dunn
Bassist
24-Nov-1941 13-May-2012 Booker T & the M.G.'s
Bernard Edwards
Musician
31-Oct-1952 18-Apr-1996 Founding member of Chic
Jun Fukuda
Film Director
17-Feb-1923 3-Dec-2000 Godzilla movies
Ryutaro Hashimoto
Head of State
29-Jul-1937 1-Jul-2006 Prime Minister of Japan, 1996-98
Sessue Hayakawa
Actor
10-Jun-1889 23-Nov-1973 The Bridge on the River Kwai
Hiroshige
Artist
1797 12-Oct-1858 Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido
Hokusai
Artist
Oct-1760 10-May-1849 Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji
Ishirô Honda
Film Director
7-May-1911 28-Feb-1993 Godzilla
Soichiro Honda
Business
17-Nov-1906 5-Aug-1991 Founder of Honda Motor Company
Taisuke Itagaki
Politician
17-Apr-1837 11-Jul-1919 Founder of Japan's Liberal party
Tadao Kashio
Business
1917 4-Mar-1993 President of Casio, 1960-84
Akira Kurosawa
Film Director
23-Mar-1910 6-Sep-1998 Yojimbo
Emperor Meiji
Royalty
3-Nov-1852 30-Jul-1912 Emperor of Japan, 1867-1912
Toshirô Mifune
Actor
1-Apr-1920 24-Dec-1997 Yojimbo
Yukio Mishima
Author
14-Jan-1925 25-Nov-1970 The Sea of Fertility
Kiichi Miyazawa
Head of State
8-Oct-1919 28-Jun-2007 Prime Minister of Japan, 1991-93
Akio Morita
Business
26-Jan-1921 3-Oct-1999 Co-Founder of Sony
Keizo Obuchi
Head of State
25-Jun-1937 14-May-2000 Prime Minister of Japan, 1998-2000
Hamaguchi Osachi
Head of State
1-Apr-1870 26-Aug-1931 Prime Minister of Japan, 1929-31
Eisaku Sato
Politician
27-Mar-1901 3-Jun-1975 Japanese Prime Minister 1964-72
Takashi Shimura
Actor
12-Mar-1905 11-Feb-1982 The Seven Samurai
Toru Takemitsu
Composer
8-Oct-1930 20-Feb-1996 A Way A Lone
Kenzo Tange
Architect
4-Sep-1913 22-Mar-2005 Designed Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima
Hideki Tojo
Head of State
30-Dec-1884 23-Dec-1948 Prime Minister of Japan, 1941-44
Sin-Itiro Tomonaga
Physicist
31-Mar-1906 8-Jul-1979 Quantum electrodynamics
Kiichiro Toyoda
Business
11-Jun-1894 27-Mar-1952 Founder of Toyota Motor Corporation
Sakichi Toyoda
Inventor
14-Feb-1867 30-Oct-1930 Founder of Toyota Industries Corp.
Utamaro
Artist
1753 31-Oct-1806 Japanese printmaker
Isuzu Yamada
Actor
5-Feb-1917 9-Jul-2012 Yojimbo
Iwasaki Yataro
Business
9-Jan-1835 7-Feb-1885 Founder of the Mitsubishi companies



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