(lit. "east of the barrier"). Located in east central Honshū, consisting of Tokyo, Chiba, Saitama, Kanagawa, Gumma, Ibaraki, and Tochigi prefectures. This is Japan's most heavily populated region and is the political, economic, and cultural center of the nation. The Tokyo-Yokohama district in the center of the region is Japan's leading commercial and industrial area. (adapted from Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia. Tokyo: Kodansha, 1993)
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