Tokyo Metropolitan University is one of Tokyo's Metropolitan prefecture managing universities. Often it is referred to as TMU.
Tokyo Metropolitan University doesn't have a very long history, but does have a reputation for high level academic studies. Till 1991 it had two campuses near the city center, Yakumo campus, Meguro and Fukazawa campus, Setagaya. On April 1, 1991 it has moved to Hachioji city, Tokyo. Her current campus is named Minamiosawa campus.
Shintaro Ishihara, a politician and novelist was voted the governor of Tokyo and has promised to renovate metropolitan academic institutes including Tokyo Metropolitan University. According to Ishihara's plan, all institutes will be integrated into one university. Since this is his own plan and does not reflect any voices of students or staff, there are harsh arguments against his improvements. Early 2004 some professors of the faculty of Law in Tokyo Metropolitan University retired in protest of the Ishihara plan. Disagreement is strong among the faculty of Humanities, since Ishihara plans to abandon all seminars of literature from the faculty and create a new faculty in Tsukisima where it takes one hour or more from Minamiosawa campus. That separation will involve an inconvenience especially in humanity studies and therefore has gained no sympathy on campus. It is reported an associate professor of the faculty of Humanities reported situation on his blog.
If Ishihara realises his plan, Tokyo Metropolitan University will go away and in 2006 a new university Shuto Daigaku Tokyo(首都大学東京) will be settled.
Tokyo was already the nation's political, economic, and cultural center, and the emperor's residence made it a de facto imperial capital as well with the former Edo Castle becoming the Imperial Palace.
Tokyo is also part of the Greater Tokyo Area, by far the world's most populous metropolitan region, which includes the surrounding prefectures of Kanagawa, Saitama, and Chiba.
Tokyo has the largest metropolitan economy in the world: its nominal GDP of around $1.315 trillion is greater than that of South Korea and Mexico.
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