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List: Top Ten Largest Cities in Japan

Date: 2005

Source: Japan National Census

Base: Statistics include population living in the immediate urban areas surrounding the established border of the city.

Notes: Tokyo was the most populous city heading the list of top 10 largest cities in Japan according to the 2005 census data, with over 8 million inhabitants in the '23 Special Wards' - the autonomous municipalities that function as a single urban entity in respect to certain public services. Unlike municipalities (including the municipalities of western Tokyo), special wards are not considered to be local public entities for purposes of the Constitution of Japan. This means that they have no constitutional right to pass their own legislation, or to hold direct elections for mayors and councilors. The population of Tokyo prefecture exceeds 12 million. The prefecture is the center of the Greater Tokyo Area, the world's most populous metropolitan area with 35 million people.

City

Prefecture

Population (m)

Tokyo (23 special wards)

Tokyo

8.483

Yokohama

Kanagawa

3.579

Osaka

Osaka

2.689

Nagoya

Aichi

2.215

Sapporo

Hokkaido

1.880

Kobe

Hyo-go

1.525

Kyoto

Kyoto

1.475

Fukuoka

Fukuoka

1.401

Kawasaki

Kanagawa

1.327

Saitama

Saitama

1.726


 

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