city, Chiba ken (prefecture), Honshu, Japan, on the Joban Line (railway), east of the centre of Tokyo. During the Tokugawa era (1603-1867), Matsudo was a post town on the Mito-kaido (Mito Highway) and a port on the Tone-gawa (Tone River) and the Edo-gawa. After World War II it became a residential and industrial suburb of the Tokyo-Yokohama Metropolitan Area, its factories including ironworks and engineering works. Pop. (2005) 472,579.
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