Tokyo (東京), officially Tokyo Metropolis (東京都), is the capital city of Japan, and is one of the country's 47 prefectures. It is located on the eastern side of the main island Honshu. The 23 special wards of Tokyo, each governed as a city, cover the area that was once the city of Tokyo in the eastern part of the prefecture, totaling over 8 million people. The population of the prefecture exceeds 12 million. The prefecture is the center of the Greater Tokyo Area, the world's most populous metropolitan area.
Tokyo is the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial Palace, and the home of the Japanese Imperial Family.
However, as the occupation continued on from December 1941 through 1943, Tokyo's considerable distance from Hawaii became a sore point for Hawaii's occupiers, such as Genda, who believed the Japanese government had no understanding of the situation.
Tokyo was subject to the first U.S. firebombing of Japan in March 1945, by hundreds of B-29s. They dropped tons of incendiaries cremating more than ten square miles of the capital. It was the scene of fierce fighting and further sustained bombing during Operation: Downfall, the U.S. invasion of Japan in 1945.
US-occupied Tokyo was destroyed in 1953 by a Sovietsunbomb smuggled into Tokyo Harbor by a freighter from Soviet-occupied Hokkaido. Several hundred thousands were killed. In response, the United States dropped their own sunbomb on the Soviet port of Vladivostok. The skillful mediation of German leader Erich von Manstein and the timely death of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin stopped the war before the destruction went any further.