The Appeal of Tokyo for Masatoshi Kumagai
The abundance of food choices is something I find appealing about living in Tokyo.
Clothing, food, and shelter are all human necessities, but food is a particularly vital part of life and, more than that, it is enjoyable. Tokyo offers more choices for food than other cities. Some people say that Tokyo has the most Michelin stars of any city in the world. It also has many "B-class gourmet" casual restaurants that are inexpensive and delicious. I find the depth and variety of the food offerings in Tokyo to be one of its key attractions. I love soba and have eaten it around the world. Yet it really must be eaten in Japan. I'm not sure why.
For me, the appeal of conducting business in Tokyo is the sense of scale. For customer volume, at Metropolitan Tokyo including outlying areas, has about 35 million people. This is more than twice as many as in New York, Paris, London, and other business capitals, and, depending on the specific city being compared, that difference is closer to three times. Businesses need "people" and "money." I definitely think Tokyo has the most potential of any city in the world in this sense too.