|Table 1: Tokyo’s 23 Ku, Japan’s Seirei Shitei Toshi (Government Ordinance Designated Cities)(1).|
|Sources: [61, 81]. |
(1)Authorization populations were based upon the Japanese Census preceding their special designation. For example, the 1990 Census population was used for Chiba. However, to show the impacts of mergers or annexations on these cities, 2000 Census original populations were utilized as the authorization population for the six cities reaching this status after Saitama. Kumamoto’s authorization population represents its municipal estimate for April 1, 2010 (See the bolded numbers).
(A)Established through the annexation of adjacent municipalities.
(C)Formerly a Core City.
(K)Kitakyushu surpassed one million inhabitants in the 1965 Census.
(M)Established through the merger of two or more cities.
(T)The 23 Tokubetsu-Ku of Tokyo do not comprise a Government Ordinance Designated City, but are generally discussed along with them. Its authorization population was based upon the 1947 Census.