Almost nine million people live in Japan's capital Tokyo



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More than 63 million people
live in Japan's largest cities
Research by Yasunori Sato

2 May 2012: Japan has 12 cities with populations of more than one million people. Almost 100 million Japanese, or 78 per cent of the country’s total population of 127.4 million, live in urban areas. The total population of Japan’s largest 103 cities amounts to 63.9 million or just over half of all the country's residents.

Tokyo, with almost nine million inhabitants, is by far the largest Japanese city. (The Greater Tokyo region is estimated to have a population of some 13 million). In fact the number of residents in the Japanese capital is greater then the combined population of the next three largest cities Yokohama, Osaka and Nagoya. Until 1868 Tokyo was called Edo. The name change took place when Tokyo became the country’s capital in place of Kyoto. The name Tokyo means 'eastern capital'.

With a population of 3.7 million, Yokohama, south of Tokyo, is Japan’s second largest city. It is the country’s largest port and a manufacturing and ship building centre.

Japan’s third-largest city, Osaka, is the country’s third most important seaport and home to many leading Japanese manufacturers. Kyoto, known worldwide as the city where the Kyoto treaty on the environment was signed, was the Japanese capital for more than 1,000 years until the government was moved to Tokyo in 1868. However, Kyoto is still Japan’s religious centre.

Japan's largest cities

Rank
City
Population
Mayor
1 Tokyo 8,956,000
Shintaro Ishihara (Governor of Tokyo metropolitan area)
2 Yokohama 3,690,000
Fumiko Hayashi
3 Osaka 2,670,000
Toru Hashimoto
4 Nagoya 2,266,000
Takashi Kawamura
5 Sapporo 1,906,000
Fumio Ueda
6 Kobe 1,544,000
Tatsuo Yada
7 Fukuoka 1,482,000
Soichiro Takashima
8 Kyoto 1,470,000
Daisaku Kadokawa
9 Kawasaki 1,413,000
Takao Abe
10 Saitama 1,230,000
Hayato Shimizu
11 Hiroshima 1,178,000
Kazumi Matsui
12 Sendai 1,045,000
Emiko Okuyama
13 Kitakyushu 985,000
Kenji Kitahashi
14 Chiba 962,000
Toshihito Kumagai
15 Setagaya 881,000
Nobuto Hosaka
16 Sakai 842,000
Osami Takeyama
17 Niigata 812,000
Akira Shinoda
18 Hamamatsu 797,000
Yasutomo Suzuki
19 Kumamoto 734,000
Seishi Kouyama
20 Sagamihara 719,000
Toshio Kayama
21 Nerima 715,000
Toyoshiro Shimura
22 Shizuoka 712,000
Nobuhiro Tanabe
23 Okayama 711,000
Shigeo Takaya
24 Kagoshima 537,000
25 Funabashi 533,000
26 Higashi-Osaka 518,000
27 Amagasaki 501,000
28 Hachioji 466,000
29 Matsudo 456,000
30 Himeji 454,000
31 Nagasaki 445,000
32 Matsuyama 444,000
33 Kanazawa 443,000
34 Kawaguchi 439,000
35 Ichikawa 437,000
36 Yokosuka 433,000
37 Nishinomiya 428,000
38 Utsunomiya 427,000
39 Urawa 418,000
40 Kurashiki 415,000
41 Gifu 411,000
42 Toyonaka 410,000
43 Oita 409,000
44 Omiya 404,000
45 Wakayama 397,000
46 Hirakata 391,000
47 Fukuyama 366,000
48 Takatsuki 360,000
49 Asahikawa 359,000
50 Iwaki 356,000
51 Fujisawa 351,000
52 Nara 350,000
53 Machida 349,000
54 Nagano 347,000
55 Suita 345,000
56 Toyohashi 338,000
57 Toyota 332,000
58 Takamatsu 330,000
59 Toyama 321,000
60 Kochi 317,000
61 Koriyama 315,000
62 Hakodate 307,000
63 Okazaki 307,000
64 Kashiwa 306,000
65 Kawagoe 305,000
66 Naha 304,000
67 Tokorozawa 303,000
68 Akita 302,000
69 Aomori 288,000
70 Miyazaki 287,000
71 Maebashi 286,000
72 Koshigaya 285,000
73 Yao 278,000
74 Fukushima 277,000
75 Yokkaichi 274,000
76 Akashi 271,000
77 Kasugai 267,000
78 Tokushima 264,000
79 Shimonoseki 263,000
80 Ichinomiya 262,000
81 Otsu 260,000
82 Ichihara 258,000
83 Neyagawa 257,000
84 Ibaraki 254,000
85 Fukui 253,000
86 Yamagata 249,000
87 Hiratsuka 246,000
88 Sasebo 245,000
89 Shimizu 242,000
90 Hachinohe 241,000
91 Kakogawa 240,000
92 Takasaki 236,000
93 Morioka 235,000
94 Mito 234,000
95 Kurume 228,000
96 Fuji 222,000
97 Kure 217,000
98 Numazu 211,000
99 Fuchu 209,000
100 Soka 206,000
101 Kushiro 205,000
102 Hitachi 202,000
103 Takarazuka 201,000


THE LARGEST CITIES IN THE WORLD AND THEIR MAYORS 2011
Introduction
Cities by size: 1 to 150 | 151 to 300 | 301 to 450 | 451 to 550 |
Cities in alphabetical order: A to D | E to L | M to R | S to Z |
Cities by countries: A to D | E to L | M to R | S to Z |







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