What Is the Capital of the World?


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While there is no official "capital of the world," Tokyo is the largest city on the planet. The Japanese capital is home to more than 13 million inhabitants, and the greater metropolitan area has a population of roughly 38 million.

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One of the world's economic hubs, Tokyo is the home headquarters of at least 47 Fortune Global 500 companies, second only to Beijing, China, as of 2014. Rounding out the 10 most populated metropolitan areas in the world are: Delhi, India; Shanghai, China; Mexico City, Mexico; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Mumbai, India; Osaka, Japan; Beijing, China; New York City; and Cairo, Egypt.

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