Amusement and residential district in the center of Minato Ward, Tokyo. From the Meiji period (1868-1912) onward, it was home to high-level bureaucrats and wealthy entrepreneurs; two regiments of the Imperial Japanese Army were also stationed here. During the Allied Occupation of Japan, the old regimental headquarters became a US Army base, and a variety of entertainment establishments catering to American military personnel sprang up in the area-the predecessors of the restaurants, cafes, bars, and discos which today make Roppongi one of the liveliest nightspots in Tokyo. Asahi National Broadcasting Co, Ltd (TV Asahi), and the Haiyuza Theater are located in Roppongi, as are the embassies of Spain and Sweden. In recent years it has once again become a fashionable and expensive residential area.
*Encyclopedia of Japan, Kodansha International, 1999