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For this thread let's post and update statistics on Japanese cities/metros. It's hard to find many statistics of japanese things in english. At the very least I will use this thread as a reference :)

2010 Japanese metropolitan Areas
2010 Japanese MMA + Urban area list

Name / Population / ¥GDP / ¥GDP per capita

1. Greater Tokyo: 36,923,193 ; ¥165.061 trillion ; ¥4,470,388

2. Keihanshin: 19,341,976 ; ¥70.738 trillion ; ¥3,657,227

3. Chūkyō: 9,107,414 ; ¥37.458 trillion ; ¥4,112,913

4. Fukuoka-Kitakyūshū : 5,515,427 ; ¥19.55 trillion ; ¥3,544,603

5. Shizuoka-Hamamatsu: 2,741,028 ; ¥11.509 trillion ; ¥4,198,790

6. Sapporo: 2,584,880 ; ¥9.139 trillion ; ¥3,535,367

7. Sendai: 2,169,757 ; ¥8.045 trillion ; ¥3,707,789

8. Hiroshima: 2,099,514 ; ¥7.998 trillion ; ¥3,809,453

9. Utsunomiya: 1,686,898 ; ¥6.650 trillion ; ¥3,942,380

10. Okayama: 1,647,892 ; ¥6.147 trillion ; ¥3,730,220

11. Kumamato: 1,476,435 ; ¥4.615 trillion ; ¥3,125,772

*12. Maebashi: 1,453,528 ; ¥5.616 trillion ; ¥3,863,572

13. Niigata: 1,421,694 ; ¥5.250 trillion ; ¥3,692,778

14. Kagoshima: 1,152,748 ; ¥3.756 trillion ; ¥3,258,301

*15 Naha: 830,525 ; ¥2.187 trillion ; ¥2,632,943

*16 Takamatsu: 830,040 ; ¥3.160 trillion ; ¥3,807,407

*17 Nagasaki: 803,828 ; ¥2.577 trillion ; ¥3,205,816

*18 Oita: 743,323 ; ¥2.726 ; ¥3,667,874

*19 Kanazawa: 729,370 ; ¥2.776 ; ¥3,805,455

20. Matsuyama: 717,687 ; ¥2,493 trillion ; ¥3,473,659


Japan total: 128,057,352 ; ¥500.870 trillion ; ¥3,911,294

This is basically my own list and is nothing official. The 6 cities with * are "urban employment areas" as defined by University of Tokyo, with a core city of at least 50,000 people and with its outlying areas being included if 10% or more commute into the core area. The other cities are "Major Metropolitan Areas" as defined by the japanese government with a core city of a population of at least 500,000 and with at least 1.5% of its outlying areas commuting into the core city. As a result the two can not really be in the same list, but as the cut off for MMA is 500,000 core city it leaves out a few decently sized metro areas, with my list here those metro areas are now included.

GDP is 2011 data.

http://www.e-stat.go.jp/SG1/estat/List.do?bid=000001053739& 大都市圏主要統計表
http://note.chiebukuro.yahoo.co.jp/detail/n328477
http://www.stat.go.jp/data/chiri/map/c_koku/daitoshi/pdf/2010.pdf
http://www.stat.go.jp/data/kokusei/2010/users-g/word7.htm#a05
http://www.esri.cao.go.jp/jp/sna/data/data_list/kenmin/files/contents/pdf/gaiyou1.pdf

+ indicates population growth from 2010, and the - indicates population decline. Unfortunately the urban area list population is still from 2010, hence I made them smaller font.

2015 Japanese metropolitan Areas
2015 Japanese MMA + 2010 Urban area list

Name / Population / ¥GDP / ¥GDP per capita

1. Greater Tokyo: (+)37,273,866 ; ¥182.325 trillion ; ¥4,891,496

2. Keihanshin: (-)19,302,746 ; ¥78.130 trillion ; ¥4,047,617

3. Chūkyō: (+)9,363,221 ; ¥41.376 trillion ; ¥4,418,964

4. Fukuoka-Kitakyūshū : (+)5,538,142 ; ¥21.595 trillion ; ¥3,899,274

5. Shizuoka-Hamamatsu: (+)2,842,151 ; ¥12.713 trillion ; ¥4,472,924

6. Sapporo: (+)2,636,254 ; ¥10.095 trillion ; ¥3,829,240

7. Sendai: (+)2,256,964 ; ¥8.886 trillion ; ¥3,937,336

8. Hiroshima: (-)2,096,745 ; ¥8.834 trillion ; ¥4,213,097

9. Utsunomiya: (-)1,655,673 ; ¥7.345 trillion ; ¥4,436,217

10. Okayama: (-)1,639,414 ; ¥6.789 trillion ; ¥4,141,334

11. Kumamato: (+)1,492,975 ; ¥5.098 trillion ; ¥3,414,446

*12. Maebashi: (?)1,453,528 ; (~)¥6.202 trillion ; (~)¥4,267,315

13. Niigata: (-)1,395,612 ; ¥5.799 trillion ; ¥4,154,898

14. Kagoshima: (-)1,126,639 ; ¥4.149 trillion ; ¥3,682,193

*15 Naha: (?)830,525 ; (~)¥2.416 trillion ; (~)¥2,908,086

*16 Takamatsu: (?)830,040 ; (~)¥3.490 trillion ; (~)¥4,205,281

*17 Nagasaki: (?)803,828 ; (~)¥2.846 trillion ; (~)¥3,540,824

*18 Oita: (?)743,323 ; (~)¥3.011 trillion; (~)¥4,051,167

*19 Kanazawa: (?)729,370 ; (~)¥3.066 trillion; (~)¥4,203,125

20. Matsuyama: (-)706,883 ; ¥2.754 trillion ; ¥3,895,296


Japan total: (-)127,094,745 ; ¥553,257 trillion ; ¥4,353,107

This is basically my own list and is nothing official, although all from official sources. The 6 cities with * are "urban employment areas" as defined by University of Tokyo, with a core city of at least 50,000 people and with its outlying areas being included if 10% or more commute into the core area. The other cities are "Major Metropolitan Areas" as defined by the japanese government with a core city of a population of at least 500,000 and with at least 1.5% of its outlying areas commuting into the core city. As a result the two can not really be in the same list, but as the cut off for MMA is 500,000 core city it leaves out a few decently sized metro areas, with my list here those metro areas are now included.

GDP is 2014 data + 2015 growth rate.

https://www.e-stat.go.jp/stat-searc...le=0&tclass1=000001110216&second=1&second2=1& 大都市圏主要統計表
http://note.chiebukuro.yahoo.co.jp/detail/n328477
http://www.stat.go.jp/data/kokusei/2010/users-g/word7.htm#a05
http://www.esri.cao.go.jp/jp/sna/data/data_list/kenmin/files/contents/pdf/gaiyou.pdf
 

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2014 Japanese metropolitan areas GDP PPP (estimate)
Japanese MMA + *Urban area

1. Greater Tokyo: $1,613 billion ; $43,679

2. Keihanshin: $691.2 billion ; $35,734

3. Chūkyō: $365.9 billion ; $40,186

4. Fukuoka-Kitakyūshū : $191 billion ; $34,633

5. Shizuoka-Hamamatsu: $112.5 billion ; $41,025

6. Sapporo: $89.3 billion ; $34,543

7. Sendai: $78.6 billion ; $36,228

8. Hiroshima: $78.15 billion ; $37,221

9. Utsunomiya: $64.98 billion ; $38,520

10. Okayama: $60.1 billion ; $36,447

*11. Maebashi: $54.9 billion ; $37,750

12. Niigata: $51.3 billion ; $36,081

13. Kumamato: $45.1 billion ; $30,541

14. Kagoshima: $36.69 billion ; $31,836

*15. Takamatsu: $30.88 billion ; $37,201

*16. Kanazawa: $27.12 billion ; $37,182

*17. Oita: $26.63 billion ; $35,838

*18. Nagasaki: $25.18 billion ; $31,323

19. Matsuyama: $24.36 billion ; $33,940

*20. Naha: $21.37 billion ; $25,726


Japan total: $4.89 trillion ; $38,216

PPP is good in the sense that you don't have to constantly account for the currency changes in the yen and it generally accounts for cost of living. You will notice the list is a little bit different since it's ordered by biggest GDP. This list is also my own creation and nothing official, soon 2015 figures will be out for metropolitan area population, so I will update everything at that time. With that said my list is almost identical to the brooking's institute's findings from a few posts ago and I just did this by myself :).


Japanese metro's GDP Nominal in $ 2010
Name / $GDP / $GDP per capita

1. Greater Tokyo: $1.807 trillion ; $48,964

2. Keihanshin: $774.43 billion ; $40,057

3. Chūkyō: $410.088 billion ; $45,048

4. Fukuoka-Kitakyūshū : $213.987 billion ; $38,824

5. Shizuoka-Hamamatsu: $126.001 billion ; $45,989

6. Sapporo: $92.024 billion ; $39,439

7. Sendai: $88.076 billion ; $40,611

8. Hiroshima: $87.560 billion ; $41,725

9. Utsunomiya: $72.837 billion ; $43,180

10. Okayama: $67.29 billion ; $40,857

11. Niigata: $57.479 billion ; $40,447

12. Kumamato: $50.522 billion ; $34,236

13. Kagoshima: $41.139 billion ; $35,688

14. Matsuyama: $27.291 billion ; $38,047

The average exchange rate for 2010 was 91.3.
http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/International-Taxpayers/Yearly-Average-Currency-Exchange-Rates
 

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Good thread, thanks Ukiyo...
 
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Good thread, thanks Ukiyo...
Glad you like it :)
Nice work! It's nice to see that actually there is not a huge difference between cities in Japan - they all seem to offer a decent GDP per capita despite the constant talk about the dominance of Tokyo.
Well the talk isn't really about living standards but just about concentration of assets and population over other areas. When it comes to "wealth" though yeah greater Tokyo doesn't "suck" it all up like maybe London for example. Quality of life is pretty uniform throughout Japan.
 

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Japanese metro's GDP PPP in $ 2010
Name / $GDP PPP / $GDP PPP per capita

1. Greater Tokyo: $1.54 trillion ; $41,624
2. Keihanshin: $658.6 billion ; $34,052
3. Chūkyō: $348.8 billion ; $38,295
2013 PPP estimate

1. Greater Tokyo: $1.64 trillion ; $44,530
2. Keihanshin: $704.6 billion ; $36,430
3. Chūkyō: $373.1 billion ; $40,969

Of course these are not official at all but I wanted to estimate the figures for 2013, I just used gdp growth from 2010-2013.
 

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damn tokyo's stats are so overwhelming. its gdp nominal is already 6 times higher than the gdp nominal of my country ! O.O
 

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Nice work! It's nice to see that actually there is not a huge difference between cities in Japan - they all seem to offer a decent GDP per capita despite the constant talk about the dominance of Tokyo.
It's more of a fiscal and cultural problem. Like Ukiyo said, quality of life is pretty even throughout the country.
 

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I live in Shizuoka and I can confirm it has one of the best quality of life in Japan. It's right in between Tokyo and Nagoya, so there is great access to transport connections, economic opportunities and less crowded lifestyle :cheers:.
 

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I noticed on the second PDF (the map) that the Sapporo metropolitan area includes the cities of Otaru (Shiribeshi Subprefecture) and Iwamizawa (Sorachi Subprefecture), as well as the towns of Nanporo and Naganuma (both in Sorachi). That's around 241,000 more people, for a total of ~2,575,000 :cheers:

Nice thread, thanks for all the info/stats Ukiyo!
 

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Hm interesting, I didn't really think about that. Thanks for it. I'll try to find GDP of those cities, if not I'd have to resort to some sneaky extrapolation from the subprefecture GDP using the % of population.. I fixed the first link by the way since they changed it for some reason.

And you're welcome :)

I live in Shizuoka and I can confirm it has one of the best quality of life in Japan. It's right in between Tokyo and Nagoya, so there is great access to transport connections, economic opportunities and less crowded lifestyle :cheers:.
That's nice, I haven't really spent much time in Shizuoka. How do you compare it to Tokyo and other cities?

P.S. They should be releasing 2011 statistics any time now, I suspect GDP will go down for most due to the tsunami etc (but they will come back if you look at my 2013 estimate). Also please check out my other thread if you want to compare japanese cities to other asian cities/world cities http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1731843
 

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I live in Shizuoka and I can confirm it has one of the best quality of life in Japan. It's right in between Tokyo and Nagoya, so there is great access to transport connections, economic opportunities and less crowded lifestyle :cheers:.
Actually my friends fiancee studied in Kochi for his PhD for 4 years. He enjoyed living in Shizuoka, and they both recently went back to visit. Now they live in Hong Kong (they're native HKers), but they would have liked to return to Japan.
 

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I live in Shizuoka and I can confirm it has one of the best quality of life in Japan. It's right in between Tokyo and Nagoya, so there is great access to transport connections, economic opportunities and less crowded lifestyle :cheers:.
How fast is it to go from Shizuoka to Tokyo and Nagoya? I am currently trying to explore a lot of areas in Japan to look for an ideal place to study (except Tokyo).
 

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How fast is it to go from Shizuoka to Tokyo and Nagoya? I am currently trying to explore a lot of areas in Japan to look for an ideal place to study (except Tokyo).
My friends have studied in two places in Japan - Kanazawa and in Kochi. They liked both and enjoyed their time immensely there. It really does depend on what you want, though. If you want frequent visits to the big cities, why not consider studying in a prestigious university like University of Kyoto? Best of both worlds in my opinion - access to nature and still living in a good city with excellent biking and public transport, plus easy access to history (Nara) and big city (Osaka). For my studies I would have loved to go to Kyoto and would have applied for a MEXT scholarship if I had not come to Sweden.
 

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A city designated by government ordinance

Youth population
1.Fukuoka-shi 19.2
2.Sendai-shi 19.1
3.Kawasaki-shi 18.2
4.Kyoto-shi 18.0
5.Sagamihara-shi 17.6
http://www.city.fukuoka.lg.jp/data/open/cnt/3/31807/1/shiryou4.pdf


Population growth rate Comparison of 2010-2013
1.Fukuoka-shi 2.1%
2.Saitama-shi 1.3%
3.Sendai-shi 1.2%

Population growth number Comparison of 2010-2013
1.Fukuoka-shi 31,235
2.Saitama-shi 15,529
3.Kawasaki-shi 14,962
http://www.city.fukuoka.lg.jp/shicho/koho/shisei/topics/pp_stat2505.html

Crime rate(?)/Per population 1000 person - 2013 2013犯罪認知件数/人口1000人あたり
1.Sakai-shi 24.38
2.Osaka-shi 23.55
3.Nagoya-shi 17.32
4.Fukuoka-shi 15.50
5.Chiba-shi 14.78
https://www.city.hiroshima.lg.jp/www/contents/0000000000000/1402989329937/files/hannzai.pdf
 

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A city designated by government ordinance

Youth population
1.Fukuoka-shi 19.2
2.Sendai-shi 19.1
3.Kawasaki-shi 18.2
4.Kyoto-shi 18.0
5.Sagamihara-shi 17.6
http://www.city.fukuoka.lg.jp/data/open/cnt/3/31807/1/shiryou4.pdf


Population growth rate Comparison of 2010-2013
1.Fukuoka-shi 2.1%
2.Saitama-shi 1.3%
3.Sendai-shi 1.2%

Population growth number Comparison of 2010-2013
1.Fukuoka-shi 31,235
2.Saitama-shi 15,529
3.Kawasaki-shi 14,962
http://www.city.fukuoka.lg.jp/shicho/koho/shisei/topics/pp_stat2505.html

Crime rate(?)/Per population 1000 person - 2013 2013犯罪認知件数/人口1000人あたり
1.Sakai-shi 24.38
2.Osaka-shi 23.55
3.Nagoya-shi 17.32
4.Fukuoka-shi 15.50
5.Chiba-shi 14.78
https://www.city.hiroshima.lg.jp/www/contents/0000000000000/1402989329937/files/hannzai.pdf
I really wish I got a job in Fukuoka instead of where I am now. Its such a nice city
 

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How fast is it to go from Shizuoka to Tokyo and Nagoya? I am currently trying to explore a lot of areas in Japan to look for an ideal place to study (except Tokyo).
not that far, maybe 30 min - 1hr on bullet train from either direction.
you should base your decision on studying more on the program than the location.
 
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