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Asian Migration and Global Cities

Anne Cong-Huyen, Jonathan Young Banfill, Katherine Herrera, Samantha Ching, Natalie Yip, Thania Lucero, Randy Mai, Candice Lau, Authors
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Tokyo Official Websites

Go Tokyo is the official Tokyo travel guide that shows what there is to do in Tokyo. The pictures that this website uses represents Tokyo to be a lively city full of bright colors and light that is rich in history, culture, and scenery. Tourism is a huge industry in Tokyo and this website helps tourists plan their trip. It is easy to navigate and it shows that Tokyo is a place for everybody. The free guided tours takes visitors to the major tourist attractions. These tours are available in English, Korean, Chinese, German, French, Italian, and Spanish. This represents a huge portion of the tourists that visit Tokyo. It is a very diverse group of tourists ranging from Europe, Asia, the United States, and Canada; meaning tourists from all over the world visit Tokyo very often.
The attractions that are advertised on this website help tourists experience Tokyo and their culture through things such as food, hot springs, festivals, and Kabuki. It also advertises places where tourists can learn about the history  and culture of Tokyo such as museums, gardens, architecture, and landmarks. It lists places for leisure that represents Tokyo as a city for all types of people, including children and senior citizens. These places include beaches, themed parks, and aquariums. All of these places and businesses create the huge tourism industry in Tokyo in addition to the hotels, restaurants, and shops.

The Summer Olympics in 2020 will be held in Tokyo. Every event like the Olympics has its own official website where visitors can find information about the city and what to expect from the games. There is a section on the vision that Tokyo has regarding the Olympics. The Tokyo 2020 Website shows Tokyo's support for sports and persuades people that Tokyo is the best city to host the Olympics. It advertises Tokyo as trustworthy, stable (politically and financially), safe, modern, and "one of the world's most welcoming cities." It informs visitors that the "heart of the games will be in the very heart of a truly dynamic global capital.." With this, the website advertises Tokyo as a true global city. It's modernity, population, and economic growth makes it a global city, which is what this website is trying to prove to visitors.  
The Tokyo 2020 website's goal is to promote Olympic values and the city itself. It hopes to encourage visitors from all over the world to travel to Tokyo, especially during the Olympic games in 2020. The Olympic games not only has thousands of athletes from all over the world attending, but also thousands of visitors. This would boost the tourism industry in Tokyo even more. With Tokyo's enormous population, it will be interesting to see how the city will handle having thousands of visitors during the Olympic games. Even though Tokyo held the Olympics in 1964, the population has increased in the past couple decades and the city itself has changed. 

As mentioned in the page about Tokyo migrants, is a great website for those who want to work in Japan. It assists expats in finding housing, shopping malls, international schools, transportation, and other things to do in Japan. Tokyo being a large city known for all of the major corporations, many expats go there to work rather than other cities in Japan. Websites like the Expat Guide try to encourage more foreigners to work in Tokyo. Many companies want migrant workers because it can help them grow. Corporations such as Toyota, Mitsubishi, and Honda are successful overseas. Companies in Japan (most located in Tokyo), rely heavily on business overseas. Expats have had a huge impact on international businesses.

All of these websites portray Tokyo in a positive way. They show that Tokyo is open to everyone, especially foreigners/expats. There are many things to do in Tokyo including shopping, eating, and sightseeing. These websites show that everything in Tokyo is convenient. The transportation is efficient and there are great neighborhoods for foreigners to live in. Tokyo appears to be a very safe and modern city with many things to do, a great nightlife, and important values.

1. Go Tokyo. Web. 3 March 2014

2. Tokyo 2020. Web. 3 March 2014
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