chapter  5
36 Pages

Television Spreads to the Countryside

Tokyo sits on the southern part of the Kantō Plain, a huge swath of lowland overlooking Tokyo Bay. The Tokyo metropolitan area itself, one of the busiest and most crowded in the world, represents home to roughly one in four Japanese. Aside from being the home of the Japanese emperor and the headquarters of the national government, it is also the center of Japan’s business, culture, and education. Of course, when we look at Tokyo’s size and power, we should keep in mind the diversity of the Japanese people that is often masked by the nation’s seeming homogeneity. Other large metropolises such as Osaka, Yokohama, Fukuoka, and Nagoya also wield much economic and cultural influence in Japan.