|Table 3: Progression of Japan’s Tokurei-shi (Special Case Cities) November 1, 2000-April 1, 2011(1).|
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Notes: The nine cities in parenthesis have risen to Core City status or above by April 1, 2010.
(a)Achieved the status by annexing adjacent municipalities. (m)Achieved the status by merging with adjacent municipalities. Ota is listed as a merger by the MIC, but it was a city of 147,000 residents in 2000 that essentially annexed three adjacent towns.