Minato ( is a , Minato-ku) special ward in Tokyo, Japan. It is also called Minato City in English.
It was formed in 1947 as a merger of
Akasaka, Azabu and Shiba wards following Tokyo City's transformation into Tokyo Metropolis. The modern Minato ward exhibits the contrasting Shitamachi and Yamanote geographical and cultural division. The Shinbashi neighborhood in the ward's northeastern corner is attached to the core of Shitamachi, the original commercial center of Edo-Tokyo. On the other hand, the Azabu and Akasaka areas are typically representative Yamanote districts. 
As of 1 July 2015
and a  population density of 10,850 persons per km 2. The total area is 20.37 km 2. 
, it had an official population of 243,094,
Minato hosts many embassies. It is also home to various domestic companies, including
Honda, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, NEC, Sony,  Fujitsu, and  Toshiba, as well as the Japanese headquarters of a number of multi-national firms, including Google,  Apple and  Goldman Sachs. 
Minato is located southwest of the
Imperial Palace and has boundaries with the special wards of Chiyoda, Ch, K?t? (in Odaiba), Shinagawa, Shibuya, and Shinjuku.
The ward was founded on 15 March 1947, with the merger of
Akasaka, Azabu, and Shiba Wards. The name Minato means "harbor".
Politics and government
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 Party.
Districts and neighborhoods Notes:
* - formerly part of Shiba Area a - 1-ch?me b - 1, 2, 3-ch?me c - 2, 3-ch?me d - 4, 5-ch?me
Colleges and universities
Primary and secondary schools
The city's public elementary and junior high schools are operated by the Minato City Board of Education.
Mita Junior High School
( opened in 2001 after the merger of Minato Junior High School and Shibahama Junior High School.
The local public high schools are operated by the
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education.
There are also a variety of private schools, including:
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. 
Companies with headquarters in Minato include
Air Nippon,  All Nippon Airways (ANA),   ANA & JP Express, All Nippon Airways Trading,   Animax,  Asmik Ace Entertainment,  Brainlab,  Cosmo Oil Company,  Daicel,  Dentsu,  Euglena (company), Fujifilm,  Fuji Xerox,  Fujitsu,  Haseko,  Hazama Ando,  Japan Tobacco,  Kajima,  Kaneka Corporation,  Konami,  KYB Corporation,  Kyodo News,  Mitsubishi Motors,  Mitsui Chemicals,  Mitsui O.S.K. Lines,  Mitsui Oil Exploration Company,  NEC,  Nippon Sheet Glass,  NYK Line,  Obayashi Corporation,  Oki Electric Industry,  Pizza-La,  The Pokémon Company,  THK,  Toagosei,  Toraya Confectionery,  Sato Pharmaceutical,  Sega Sammy Holdings,  Sigma Seven,  Sony,  SUMCO,  Toraya Confectionery,  Toyo Suisan (owns the branch Maruchan),  TV Tokyo,  WOWOW, and  Yazaki. In addition ANA subsidiary  Air Japan has some offices in Minato. 
The Japanese division of
CB&I, the Japanese division of  Aramark and Aim Services,  Google Japan,  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 Minato. The Japanese division of Deutsche Post, DHL. Air 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 Building.  Hawaiian Airlines has its Japan offices in the Eagle Hamamatsuch? Building ( in Minato. , ) ?guru Hamamatsuch? Biru  Iran Air has its Tokyo office in Akasaka. 
Former economic operations
Japanese companies that formerly had headquarters in Minato include
Air Next,  Airtransse,  Asatsu,  Jaleco Holding,   Ricoh,  Toa Domestic Airlines (later  Japan Air System and later Japan Air Lines),   
On 22 December 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 Centre in Minato.  
Several countries operate their embassies in Minato.
Akasaka is a large residential and commercial area in northern Minato which includes the Akasaka Palace and surrounding gardens, TBS radio and television studios, Ark Hills complex, Tokyo Midtown, and the embassy of the United States.
Aoyama is home to Aoyama Cemetery, one of Tokyo's largest graveyards, and the Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium.
Atago Shrine is the highest point in all 23 wards of Tokyo.
Azabu is one of Tokyo's more upscale residential areas, home to many embassies.
Fushimi Sanp? Inari Jinja is a Shinto shrine in Shiba 3-ch?me.
Hamamatsuch? is the location of Hamamatsucho Station is the terminal for the Tokyo Monorail to Haneda Airport.
Mita is home to Keio University and several small Buddhist temples.
The National Art Center, Tokyo is a museum that opened in 2007.
Odaiba is 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 is Tokyo's best-known nightlife district, especially popular among foreigners; home to National Art Center, 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 the Zojoji temple. Tokyo Tower is located one block away.
Shinbashi Station, in Shinbashi, is the northern terminal of Japan's first railway line. Also home to the Shiosite office and entertainment complex, which houses Nippon Television studios.
Shirokanedai is home to Meiji Gakuin University.
Takanawa is home to the S?t? Temple of Sengaku-ji. Shinagawa Station, one of Tokyo's largest train stations, is located in Takanawa, although it is associated with Shinagawa to the south. It is an area of many 1980s hotels including the Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa, Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa, and Pacific Meridien Hotel. Toranomon houses the National Printing Bureau,  TV Tokyo studios and the Toranomon Station underground complex.
Keikyu Main Line ( Shinagawa Station)
Toei 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 Station, Aoyama-itchome Station) Toei Mita Line ( Uchisaiwaicho Station, Onarimon Station, Shiba-koen Station, Mita Station, Shirokane-Takanawa Station, Shirokanedai Station)
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, Gaienmae Station, Omotesando Station)
Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line ( Aoyama-itchome Station, Omotesando Station)
Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line ( Kamiyacho Station, Roppongi Station, Hiroo Station)
Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line ( Akasaka-mitsuke Station) Tokyo Metro Namboku Line ( Tameike-sanno Station, Roppongi-itchome Station, Azabu-juban Station, Shirokane-Takanawa Station, Shirokanedai Station)
East Japan Railway Company (JR East)
Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central)
Tokyo Monorail ( Hamamatsucho Station) Yurikamome ( Shimbashi Station, Shiodome Station, Takeshiba Station, Hinode Station, Shibaura-fut? Station, Odaiba-kaihink?en Station, Daiba Station)
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.
Notable people from Minato
Hirohito, the 124th Emperor of Japan
Takeichi Nishi, an Imperial Japanese Army officer, equestrian show jumper, and Olympic Gold Medalist at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics
Kanoko Okamoto (1889-1939), poet, born in Akasaka Ward (present-day Minato) 
Sho Sakurai, actor and singer, affiliated with Arashi
Haruomi Hosono, experimental electronic pop musician, noted for the commissioned Muji background music Fishmans, a pop and dub band composed primarily of Shinji Sato, Yuzuru Kashiwabara, Kin-ichi Motegi, Hakase-Sun and Kensuke Ojima
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