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Tea Leaves

As world's leading metropolis, Tokyo goes for gold

But will Olympics spoil its pristine image?

As the 2020 Olympics draw near, Tokyo's global reputation has reached new heights. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

The world is gradually beginning to realize that Tokyo is enjoying a golden age. The city is one of the world's largest, with about 38 million inhabitants in the greater metro region. Yet in terms of living standards, Tokyo is one of the world's cleanest, safest and most efficient cities. Its transportation system is unparalleled. Its citizens have the highest literacy rates and life expectancies among competing global cities. It is also one of the richest cities, with a gross domestic product amounting to more than $1.5 trillion in recent years, and hosts more global corporate headquarters including of Fortune 500 companies than anywhere else.

Tokyoites also set standards for politeness as well as fashion consciousness and love of good food. The city has proportionately more Michelin-starred restaurants than in Paris or elsewhere. The energy of the people and urban activity gives the city an inimitable buzz.

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