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Off topic: In which prefecture is Tokyo?
Thread poster: xxxJarnail
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Jun 2, 2006

Please let me know whether Tokyo is city/prefecture/ state, etc
also, pls tell me which prefecture does tokyo come in.

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sylvie malich
Local time: 18:32
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Does this help? Jun 2, 2006

[...] However, the Pacific War which broke out in 1941 had a great impact on Tokyo. The dual administrative system of Tokyo-fu (prefecture) and Tokyo-shi (city) that had existed was abolished to pursue the war, and the prefecture and city were merged to form the Metropolis of Tokyo in 1943.

source "History of Tokyo -- Tokyo Metropolitan Government" official website:


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texjax DDS PhD  Identity Verified
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Tokyo Jun 2, 2006

Tokyo Prefecture ... n/Tokyo_Prefecture/Tokyo_City/



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Can Altinbay  Identity Verified
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Not really a prefecture Jun 2, 2006

Japan is divided into a number of prefectures (of which Hokkaido is not referred to as a "ken" = prefecture), Osaka fu and Tokyo to. Osaka and Tokyo actually include entire cities (shi), and Tokyo also has ku, divisions of cities that are translated as wards. So Tokyo is not strictly a prefecture. "To" is more or less a "metropolis".

(I was born and raised in Japan, by the way.)

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