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The number of newly infected people with new corona is 160, which is the highest number ever. Miyazaki Prefecture requests the application of priority measures such as prevention of spread.

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The government is coordinating to apply priority measures to Miyazaki Prefecture and other prefectures based on the requests of prefectures, and is expected to hold a meeting of the countermeasures headquarters on the 19th to make a formal decision.

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Prefectures(Todofuken) isJapan OfWide-area local public bodiesIs都""road""Prefecture""PrefectureIs a generic term.Currently47 prefecturesExists, and the breakdown is1 prefecture 1 prefecture 2 prefectures 43 prefectures(Tokyo:Tokyo1, Road:Hokkaido1, prefecture:KyotoandOsaka2, prefectures: 43) other than those.

市町村With (Shichoson)Ordinary local governmentKind of.


Prefectures in JapanAdministrative divisionone of.

Municipalities are "basic local public bodies" (Local government lawArticle 2 paragraph 4), On the other hand, prefectures are regarded as "wide-area local public bodies that include municipalities" (paragraph 5 of the same Article), and handle wide-area affairs and liaison affairs related to municipalities.

All over Japan1724 municipalities(792 city,743 town,Village 189)as well as23special area(Tokyo Ward), All municipalities and special wards47 prefectures(1 capital,1 Road,2 prefectures,43 prefectures) Is included in any one[1], A two-stage local system.

As a voting body in prefecturesParliament (prefectural assembly), As an enforcement agencyGovernor(Governor Department). others,Public Safety Commission(Prefectural Public Safety Commission)Police headquarters,Board of education,Election Management Committee,Audit CommitteeSet up committees and committees and their secretariat. PrefecturesAutonomyHaveOrdinance・Establish rules,Local tax・Assuming and collecting contributions,Local bondHas the authority to issue.

Organizations that are the center of administrative work of prefectures andGovernment buildingIs referred to as the prefectural office, and is a city within the prefecture (Prefectural office location) Is installed.Some prefectures have the same city name as the prefecture name, while others have different names (#namereference).

1947/(Showa22 years)5/3 OfThe Constitution of JapanOn the same day as the enforcementLocal government lawIs also enforced, mainly in prefectures and municipalitiesLocal autonomyThe system has started.The Local Autonomy Law stipulates a unified prefectural system.However, among the prefectures, the capital is characterized by having a certain authority to coordinate the special wards.There are no legal differences between prefectures, and the differences in names are exclusively historical.[2].. Roads are treated the same as prefectures under the Local Autonomy Law, but in addition to having a slightly different police organization from prefectures (Police lawArticles 46 and 51),River law(Article 96),Road law(Article 88), etc. have special rules about roads.

When referring to some of the prefectures in Japan, there is also a usage such as "prefecture" if Hokkaido is not included, and "prefecture" if Tokyo is not included.


Institutional change in the Meiji period

Edo Period OfBakuhan systemIn the era, there was territorial rule and divisional rule,Meiji RestorationBy the way,CentralizationThe system was established.

1871/(Meiji4 years)Abandoned DomainIn each of the prefectures/prefectures/agencies/capitals that were sequentially installed before and afterMinistry of InteriorThe governor-appointed governor was in charge of administration and was positioned as a national administrative agency. On the other hand, a private election for eachParliamentHas been installed,Local autonomyExisted.


1868/(Keio4th year, XNUMXst year of Meiji),Edo ShogunateDirect control of (Affairs-Flag bookThe territory of the Meiji era政府Became under the direct control of.the governmentSandu(Edo-Osaka-Kyoto),5 ports openedImportant areas that have jurisdiction overPrefectureAnd other thanPrefectureAs a matter of fact, "Chinese Affairs" was placed in the prefecture, and "Chinese Affairs" in the prefecture.ClanIs as it isDaming(Mouhou) ruled.

1869/9/1(Meiji 27/25), has been issued by princes for some timeRedemptionAfter accepting the wishes of theWisdomAs a result, it was entrusted with the rule of each clan (some clan was abolished).

At this point, the princes have full control over the territory and the people.EmperorAlthough it was supposed to be redeemed toBakuhan system OfEdo ShogunateMeiji government took over the status ofPrefectural Sanji systemIs called (only prefectures are under direct control).

1869/9/29(Meiji 28/24), the official edict ofKyoto-Tokyo-OsakaIt is decided to call all the prefectures except for the other prefectures (Kanagawa Prefecture-Niigata Prefecture-Echigofu-Kaifu-Degree-Narafu-Hakodate-Nagasaki) Changed its name to prefecture. At this point,Emperor Yukiyuki TokyoでTokyoI was there,Takagoza(Indicates the whereabouts of the EmperorThroneAnd the place where this isImperial PalaceIt is said that there is no move, so Kyoto Prefecture, which has the high Goza, has a higher ranking than Tokyo Prefecture. In addition, before this proclamation of the Prime MinisterEdo prefectureIt was renamed from Edo to Tokyo at the same time.

1871/8/29(Meiji 47/14) Made inAbandoned DomainAs a result, the feudal clan became a prefecture and the whole country became a direct control of the Meiji government. As a result, 1 messenger (Pioneer) 3 prefectures (Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka) 302 prefectures. At this point, it was almost the same as the boundaries of the feudal domain and the territory of the Edo period.EnclaveWas found all over the country, hindering prefectural administration. In December of the same year, this was consolidated and merged (First prefecture integration), and became one prefecture with 1 prefectures and 3 prefectures.

1876/(Meiji 9) Large-scale merger of prefectures (First prefecture integration) Was carried out and the number decreased to 37 prefectures, but as a result of division movements in various places, one agency (Hokkaido Government) There are 3 prefectures (Tokyo prefecture, Kyoto prefecture, Osaka prefecture).At this time,1878/(11th year of Meiji)Local three new lawEnactment and1889/From (Meiji 22)1890/(Meiji 23)Municipal system-Municipal system-County system-Prefecture systemThe development of local systems, such as the establishment of the above, is being promoted by trial and error. Since the separation of Kagawa prefecture in 1888 (Meiji 21), no merger or division of prefectures has been carried out.[Note 1],1943/(Showa 18) officiallyInlandTransferredKarafuto AgencyIn addition to the addition ofTokyoNext to the present (at the end of the war, 1 city (Tokyo) 2 agencies (Hokkaido agency/Karafuta agency) 2 prefectures (Kyoto/Osaka) 43 prefectures).

Incidentally,1902/(35th year of Meiji),Ministry of InteriorWill abolish 47 prefectures from 19 prefectures and integrate them into 28 prefectures.Prefectural abolition billWas planning[3][Note 2].1903/(Meiji 36) The first in NovemberKeitaroCabinetByCabinetDecided[4], Next day1904/It was scheduled to come into effect in April (Meiji 37).But in December of the same yearDissolution of the House of RepresentativesAnd March 1904Russo-Japanese Waroutbreak[5]ByParliamentIt was not submitted to[6][7][8].

After the abandonment of prefectures, the prefectural directors were renamed "prefectural ordinances" from "prefectural government", and the ministers of prefectures such as Kyoto, Tokyo, and Osaka were renamed "prefectural governors" to "prefectural governors."1886/After (Meiji 19), both were "GovernorWas called. Prefectural governor and prefectural ordinance (prefectural governor)Ministry of InteriorDispatched fromOfficialsMet. On the other hand,1878/It is one of the three local new laws enacted in (Meiji 11)Prefectural assembly rulesPrefectural assembly will be set up by (not applied to Hokkaido),Local autonomyIt also had a personality as the subject.

1889/(Meiji 22)Municipal systemBegins, butCityIs representative ofCity councilAnd like the presentMayorWas not. However, while the cities under “prefecture” had “mayors recommended by the city council”, the cities under “prefecture” (Tokyo city-Kyoto City-Osaka) Does not have a mayor, and the governor of the prefecture also serves as the mayor.In these three cities,1898/(Meiji 31) Only in October was the mayor born.

The prefecture as a national administrative agency isEdictBy the "local government system"MunicipalitiesaslawIsPrefecture system(Meiji 23 Law No. 35: Meiji 32, Law No. 64 completely revised).

OkinawaThe background of the establishment of "prefectures" is different from the other 42 prefectures.


Changes in the number of prefectures
2 prefecturesAs the first prefectureHakodate,KyotoSettings.
Or later,Prefectural Sanji systemBelow, the areas directly controlled by the government become prefectures
(Meiji 28/15)
(Meiji 47/14)
3 prefectures 302 prefecturesAbandoned Domain.. All prefectures except Hokkaido are prefectures
(Meiji 51/2)
3 prefectures 72 prefectures1/19(Previous year12/10)- First prefecture integration
1875/12/203 prefectures 59 prefecturesBefore the second prefecture integration
1876/1/23 prefectures 35 prefecturesDecember 12th of the previous year ~
Second prefecture integration.. The smallest number of prefectures after abandoned clan
1879/4/43 prefectures 36 prefecturesOkinawaInstallation
1880/3/23 prefectures 37 prefecturesTokushimaSeparation
1881/2/7Sakai prefectureTransfer,FukuiSeparation
1881/9/123 prefectures 38 prefecturesTottoriSeparation
1882/2/83 prefectures 41 prefecturesPioneerThree prefecturesTransition to
1883/5/93 prefectures 44 prefecturesToyama,Saga,MiyazakiSeparation
1886/1/263 prefectures 41 prefectures 1 agencyThree prefecturesHokkaido GovernmentTransition to
1887/11/43 prefectures 42 prefectures 1 agencyNaraSeparation
1888/12/33 prefectures 43 prefectures 1 agencyKagawaSeparation
1899/3/16Prefecture systemIs enforced in 3 prefectures and 4 prefectures, excluding Hokkaido and Okinawa prefectures
All 3 prefectures and 42 prefectures become "local governments"
1943/1/203 prefectures 43 prefectures 2 agencyKarafuto AgencyCabinet decision to transfer inland
1943/7/11 prefecture 2 prefectures 43 prefectures 2 officesTokyo PrefectureTokyoTransition to
1945/1 prefecture 2 prefectures 42 prefectures 2 officesOkinawa goes under US administration
1946/6/11 prefecture 2 prefectures 42 prefectures 1 officesNational Administrative Organization LawThe enforcement of the Karafuto Agency will be officially abolished.
1946/9/271 prefecture 1 prefecture 2 prefectures 42 prefecturesHokkaido government moved to Hokkaido due to prefectural system revision
1947/5/3Local government lawPrefectural government becomes "ordinary local public entity" by enforcement
1972/5/151 prefecture 1 prefecture 2 prefectures 43 prefecturesOkinawa returnReturned Okinawa Prefecture
* Pioneer andPrewarInForeign landExcluded.

"HokkaidoIs called1869/(2th year of Meiji)7 OfPioneerThe same year as the installation,MatsumaechiAnd the area called "Ezochi",11 counties in 86 countries in HokkaidoIt started even though it was established. this isRitual systemUnder 68CountryTheGoki ShichidoIt is consistent with the usage divided into.Oshima IslandAbout some of theTate prefectureAbsorbed by Hirosaki PrefectureAomoriWas transferred to the pioneering envoy.1882/(15th year of Meiji) The pioneer ambassador was abolished and the province was divided into threeHakodate-Sapporo-NemuroAlthough three prefectures were set up,1886/It was abolished in (Meiji 19) "Hokkaido GovernmentWas installed.

At that time, the jurisdiction of the Hokkaido Government was called "Hokkaido", but "Hokkaido" is simply a regional name.RegionIt is the name of the municipality, not the current "road" (InlandTransferredKarafutoInKarafuto AgencyCommon with the nomenclature). Therefore, the term "agency" was used when paralleling with other prefectures as a local government.

Under the Hokkaido government system (Meiji 19th Royal Decree No. 83 (later amended)), the Hokkaido government secretary was appointed as the governor of another prefecture.1901/(Meiji 34), (Meiji 34 Law No. 2) and (Meiji 34 Law No. 3) were promulgated and a parliament was established.CorporationIt became a local government with a personality. In addition, the authority of the parliament was narrower in the Hokkaido association than in the prefectural association. Then, Karafuto (Common lawIn Article 1 paragraph 2Inland(Included in) was abolished and newly addedKarafuto AgencyWas officially added and became two offices.

Showa period system change


Second World WarIn1943/(18)7/1,Tokyo Metropolitan GovernmentWith the enforcement of (Act No. 18 of 89)Tokyo city TheTokyoAbsorbed byTokyo, And was deprived of the city system and autonomy.According to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government System (Edict No. 18 of 504), the "Secretary of Tokyo" was made the head, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government was established.Internal affairsBe a bureaucratShigeo OdateHowever, he was appointed as the first secretary.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government established a metropolitan assembly, and ward associations were also set up in each ward of the former Tokyo city, but the state's control over the ward was particularly strong.


After the war1946/(Showa 21) Due to the revision of the prefectural system in September, and was abolished and integrated into the prefectural system, and the law was renamed the prefectural system.According to the provisions of the supplementary provisions of this revised law, the local governments that were traditionally called Hokkaido local expenses are now called "roads".

1947/(22)5/3With the enforcement of the Local Autonomy Law, the government system of the Hokkaido government was abolished, and the Hokkaido government agency, which was a local government agency, became "Hokkaido" which is one of the ordinary local public bodies.

After the enforcement of Local Autonomy Law


1947/(Showa 22) March,The Constitution of JapanAs the law planned in Article 92Local government lawWas promulgated. Among them, the prefectures are not in the position of the former “subordinate body of the central government”,市町村Similar toOrdinary local governmentPositioned as a member of parliamentGovernorAlsoelectionWas chosen by. However,1947/The first prefectural election for governors implemented in April (Showa 22) is not based on the local autonomy law that had not yet been enacted, but the prefectural system (prefecture system) and Tokyo Metropolitan Government system revision introduced a public election system for local ministers. It was done on the basis of that. At this time, 4 prefecture (Tokyo) 1 way (Hokkaido) 1 prefectures (Kyoto/Osaka prefecture) 2 prefectures. afterwards,1972/(Showa 47)AmericaReturned to OkinawaOkinawaHas been set up, and it has become 43 prefectures again.

While the prefectural governor is elected, it has its origins before the warAgency delegationSystem is2000/It survived for a long time until it was abolished in 12. Prefectures are usually on a par with municipalities as local public bodies, but prefectures市町村As a wide-area local public body that includes the above, the wide-area local governments, those related to communication adjustments related to municipalities, and those deemed unsuitable by ordinary municipalities due to their size or nature are processed (Local Autonomy Law (2nd Article 5))).

However, the definition of "unit" of "city / prefecture / prefecture / prefecture" is not specified in the Local Autonomy Law, and the current prefecture name is the "name of local public organization" in Article 3, Paragraph 1 of the law. Is used based on the provision of "by the conventional name".However, "capital" is not just a name, but has a different character from "prefectures".In other words, under the Local Autonomy Law, the "ward" of the "capital" is "special areaIt is said that (Local Autonomy Law Article 281 Paragraph 1), it is different from "prefecture". Even if you are a prefectureLaw on the establishment of special wards in metropolitan areasIt is possible to set up a special ward based on the above, and the prefectures that cover the special ward are, in principle, regarded as the "capital" for the application of the provisions of the Local Autonomy Law and other laws and regulations (Article 10 of the same law).


Okinawa The1945/From (20) (officiallySan Francisco Peace TreatyCame into effect1952/(27)4/28From)1972/(Showa 47)Under US occupationThen, because it was not under Japanese rule, the treatment of Okinawa at this time was delicate,国会Then "Ryukyu government","Nansei IslandsIs used, and the number of prefectures is counted as "1 prefectures" of "1 prefecture, 2 prefectures and 42 prefectures", and Okinawa is not included in the number of prefectures.[9].

Return to OkinawaWas established beforeAct on Special Measures for Return of Okinawa", the former Okinawa Prefecture "will continue to exist as a prefecture prescribed by the Local Autonomy Law."


Voting body

Tax paid to prefectures


The merger of prefectures or the establishment of new prefectures is called "decommissioning", and can be divided as follows.

  • Abolish multiple prefectures and establish new prefectures (union).
  • Abolish one prefecture and make that area an area of ​​another prefecture (transfer).
  • Abolish one prefecture and set up multiple prefectures in that area (division).
  • Establish a new prefecture by separating part of the prefecture area (separation).

Regarding decommissioning, “boundary change” (changing only the area without setting or abolishing prefectures)市町村Including the transfer of the prefecture to which the company belongs)Article 6 of the Local Autonomy Lawas well as the Article 6-2Stipulated in.

Principle procedure for disposal and consolidation

By law (Article 6, paragraph 1). This lawArticle 95 of the ConstitutionIt is understood that it is a "special law that applies only to one local public entity" (a special law for local autonomy) defined in stipulations. No (Detailed rulesArticle 261 of the Local Autonomy Law-Article 262).

Merge and transfer exceptions

With the revision of Law No. 16 in 57, a new procedure for merging/transferring was established by a simple method.

  • When abolishing multiple prefectures and establishing new prefectures in all areas
  • When one prefecture is abolished and the entire area is changed to another prefecture


  • Apply by the decision of the relevant prefectural assembly,
  • Determined by the Cabinet after approval by the Diet.

It was made possible to follow the procedure (Local Autonomy Law, Article 6-2).

this is,NaganoYamaguchi VillageとGifuNakatsugawaAt the time of the merger with, the fact that it was necessary to enact a law for mergers of municipalities that span prefectures (new mergers) was highlighted, andPrefectural systemIt was established with the intention of promoting voluntary merger of prefectures as the first stage of introduction.

Decommissioning and Governor/Member

  • In the case of a merger, the governors of the relevant prefectures and members of the parliament will lose their jobs, and the governor's election and the member's election will be held in the newly established prefecture.
  • In the case of transfer, the governor and councilor of the transferred prefecture will lose their jobs, but the governor and councilor of the transferred prefecture will not lose their jobs.
  • In the case of a division, the governors and members of the prefectures to be abolished will lose their jobs, and the governors' elections and members' elections will be held in the newly established prefectures after the division.
  • In the case of separation, the prefectural governors and members of the prefectural government will not lose their jobs, and the prefectural governor's election and the members' election will be held in the newly established prefecture.

Boundary change

Border change of prefectures is basically based on the law (Special Act on Local Autonomy) as in the case of abandonment and consolidation, but in the following cases, it will be "change itself" (Local Autonomy Act No. 6). Article 2).

  • When there is a change in the boundaries of municipalities that are also boundaries of prefectures
  • When municipalities were set up across the boundaries of prefectures

In these two cases, the relevant municipalities/prefectures will apply through the decisions of the respective parliament and will be determined by the Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications (Article 7 paragraph 3).

  • When the area that did not belong to the area of ​​the local government was transferred to the area of ​​the municipality

This is because the change is due to the change in the area of ​​the municipality, like the change of the boundary of the municipality.

Change of prefecture

Even when the whole municipality or county is transferred to another prefecture, it is a boundary change between prefectures and is subject to the law (as of September 25, 9).

Union of municipalities that span prefectures

When a municipality belonging to a different prefecture is abolished and a municipality is established in that area, the relevant municipality/prefecture applies for each through a vote of the Parliament and is determined by the Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications (Article 7, paragraph 3). ).

Conventionally, the unification of municipalities that cross the boundaries of prefectures (abolishing multiple municipalities and establishing new municipalities in that area) is also subject to the newly enacted law under Article 6 Clause 1. It was supposed to be (No. 28 of own departure from June 6, 29).

For that reason,2005/(Heisei(17) The merger of Yamaguchi Village in Nagano Prefecture and Nakatsugawa City in Gifu Prefecture will take the form of transfer to Nakatsugawa City. Taking this as an opportunity, it was decided that the amendment under Law No. 16 in 57 would be similar to the procedure for changing the boundaries of municipalities across prefecture boundaries.

Area where division theory exists

1876/In some prefectures where a large-scale merger was carried out (Meiji 9), there are some prefectures that were divided again due to the division movement.1888/(Meiji 21) At the endKagawa EhimeNo division of prefectures has been implemented since it was separated from.

However, even now, there are voices calling for the division of prefectures, such as the mayors, prefectural governors, and online. Here, we list the prefectures where the mayor or prefectural governor suggests division or separation of prefectures.

2006/(18) In early March,ReinanCorresponds to (Wakasa region)Tsuruga,Obama City OfMayorIs "(ifPrefectural systemWhen it is laid)ReihokuIf the (Echizen region) enters Hokuriku, it will enter Kinki even if it has no relation to Reihoku," he said, suggesting the withdrawal from the southern part of Fukui prefecture.
Chikuma PrefectureHas been split and transferred to Nagano Prefecture, and there have been many movements for splitting. After the merger of both prefectures, it was created as a song song for geography education within the prefecture.Shinano countryWas widely sung as a de facto prefectural song, and was made a symbol of the integration of prefectural awareness (formally established as a prefectural song in 1968).
Yamaguchi Shimonoseki,FukuokaKitakyushu
Kanmon StraitShimonoseki City and Kitakyushu City, which are located on both sides of theStateDoes not belong toKanmon Special CityThere is a movement to form.
Goki ShichidoOut of (XNUMX Goki)Kinai-Sanin road-Sanyo road-NankaidoAcross (most in 47 prefectures),Regulatory countryThen.Settsu-Tamba country-Tajima country-Harima country-Beautiful land-Bizen country-Awaji countryThere is a theory of separation because it spans 7 countries (after 11 countries in Hokkaido) and has different history and climate. Described as 7 borders, 6 republics, 5 ethnic groups, 4 languages, 3 religions, 2 letters, 1 nation.ユ ー ゴ ス ラ ビ ア"Hyogoslavia" was even compared to[10].
Hokkaido is larger than the 7 prefectures of Kyushu and the 6 prefectures of Tohoku,Governor of HokkaidoThere is only one. Divide into multiple prefectures, saying that "the governor alone cannot keep an eye on the issues in the vast area of ​​Hokkaido" and "the distance between the prefectural office and the municipalities will be shortened, and flexible administrative measures can be taken according to the actual conditions of the area." There is a concept[11].2016/(28)1/7 OfMainichi Newspapersso,Hokkaido Assemblyof"LDP・ It was reported that the "Dominkai" established a private institution "Hokkaido Branch Prefectural Study Group" and started discussions on the "branch prefecture" plan to divide the road into multiple prefectures.[11].8/10 OfHokkaido ShimbunSo, the draft of the report compiled by the study group was reported, and the contents were published by Ryuichi Kita, the chairman of the "Hokkaido Branch Study Group".[12]..At the study group, about 4% of medical institutions such as hospitals and clinics and educational institutions such as universities and junior collegesSapporoAiming to improve the current situation where economic, administrative and cultural functions are concentrated[13]..From the participating members of the study groupHokkaido ShinkansenTheKyushu ShinkansenIn comparison with Kyushu, there is an analysis that it grew immediately because seven governors cooperated, and there is an opinion that the reason why the Hokkaido Shinkansen does not grow easily is that there is only one governor, and the voice is Weaknesses have been pointed out[11]..Ryuichi Kita, the chairman of the study group, said, "There are seven governors, the chairman of the prefectural assembly, and the top of the economic group in Kyushu. I want you to imagine the power when you move together." By increasing the number of governors, prefectural council chairpersons, and top economic groups, the national presence of Hokkaido will increase.[14].
Initially, a four-division plan for "Sapporo prefecture, Hakodate prefecture, Kushiro prefecture, Asahikawa prefecture" and "Southern Hokkaido,Central Hokkaido,Northern Hokkaido,Okhotsk Province,Tokachi prefecture,Kushiro-NemuroThere was a 6-division plan[11], It was judged to be difficult from the viewpoint of "maintaining the independence of the prefecture"[12].Kyodo NewsAccording to the report, on November 2016, 11, the study group proposed a three-part plan for "Central Hokkaido / Southern Hokkaido, Northern Hokkaido, and Eastern Hokkaido" (not necessarily).Promotion BureauA report that includes the east-west two-division plan for "Eastern Hokkaido prefecture and others"Takahashi HarumiSubmitted to the governor (at that time)[12][13]..In the branch prefectureReferendumWith the consent of the majority of the people of Hokkaido,Special lawNeed to be enacted[13]..Once in Hokkaido, February 1882, 15 (Meiji 2)PioneerJanuary 1886, 19 (Meiji 1) from the abolitionHokkaido GovernmentUntil installation, with 3 prefectures of "Sapporo prefecture, Hakodate prefecture, Nemuro prefecture"Ministry of Agriculture and CommerceHokkaido Business Administration Bureau was establishedThree prefectures first erawas there.

List of prefectures

Indicates the location on the map. Separated from Hokkaido and Okinawa.

Major remote island affiliations that are unclear or omitted in the map above are as follows.

By region

Here is a list of prefectures according to the most common regional divisions. For other regional divisionsRegion of JapanSee.

Regions and Prefectures of Japan no labels.svgislandsRegionPrefectures
Hokkaido  Hokkaido regionHokkaido
Honshu  Tohoku regionAomori Iwate Miyagi Akita Yamagata Fukushima
  Kanto regionIbaraki Tochigi Gunma Saitama Chiba Tokyo Kanagawa
  Chubu regionNiigata Toyama Ishikawa Fukui Yamanashi Nagano Gifu Shizuoka Aichi
  KinkiMie Shiga Kyoto Osaka Hyogo Nara Wakayama
  ChugokuTottori Shimane Okayama Hiroshima Yamaguchi
Shikoku  Shikoku regionTokushima Kagawa Ehime Kochi
Kyushu・Okinawa  Kyushu and Okinawa regionFukuoka Saga Nagasaki Kumamoto Oita Miyazaki Kagoshima Okinawa

basic data


JIS number

PrefecturesreadingPrefectural office locationLargest cityflagRegionpopulation
The population density
Masses / Reference
2323AichiAichi PrefectureNagoya cityNagoya cityAichi prefecture flagCentral part7,484,0945,172.401,446.954Zones
0202AomoriAomori prefectureAomoriAomoriAomori prefecture flagTohoku1,308,6499,645.40135.7400Zones
0505AkitaAkitakenAkita CityAkita CityAkita prefecture flagTohoku1,022,83911,637.5487.9250Zones
1717IshikawaIshikawa PrefectureKanazawaKanazawaIshikawa Prefecture FlagCentral part1,154,3434,186.15275.8190Zones
0808IbarakiIbaraki KenMitoMitoIbaraki prefecture flagKanto2,917,8576,096.93478.6440Zones
0303IwateIwatekenMoriokaMoriokaIwate prefecture flagTohoku1,279,81415,275.0283.8330Zones
3838EhimeEhime KenMatsuyama CityMatsuyama CityEhime prefecture flagShikoku1,385,8405,676.10244.2200Zones
4444OitaOitakenOita CityOita CityOita Prefecture FlagKyusyu1,166,7296,340.61184.0180Zones
2727OsakaOsaka PrefectureOsakaOsakaOsaka Prefecture FlagKinki8,838,9081,904.994,639.943Zones
3333OkayamaOkayama PrefectureOkayama CityOkayama CityOkayama prefecture flagChugoku1,922,1817,114.62270.2270Zones
4747OkinawaOkinawanNahaNahaOkinawa prefecture flagOkinawa1,434,1382,281.00628.7410Zones
3737KagawaI don't knowTakamatsuTakamatsuKagawa prefecture flagShikoku976,7561,876.73520.5170Zones
4646KagoshimaKagoshima KenKagoshimaKagoshimaKagoshima prefecture flagKyusyu1,648,7529,188.10179.4430Zones
1414KanagawaKanagawa Prefecture横 浜 市横 浜 市Kanagawa prefecture flagKanto9,127,3232,415.813,778.233Zones
2121GifuGifuken(I.e.(I.e.Gifu Prefecture FlagCentral part2,032,53310,621.29191.4420Zones
2626KyotoTodayKyoto CityKyoto CityKyoto Prefecture FlagKinki2,610,1404,612.20565.9260Zones
4343KumamotoKumamoto KenKumamoto-shiKumamoto-shiKumamoto prefecture flagKyusyu1,786,9697,409.32241.2450Zones
1010GunmaGunmakenMaebashiTakasakiGunma prefecture flagKanto1,973,4766,362.28310.2350Zones
3939KochiKouchikenKochiKochiKochi prefecture flagShikoku728,4617,103.91102.53402 / *
1111SaitamaSaitama prefectureSaitamaSaitamaSaitama prefecture flagKanto7,261,2713,797.751,912.063Zones
4141SagaSakenSaga CitySaga CitySaga Prefecture FlagKyusyu833,2452,440.64341.4200Zones
2525ShigaShigakenOtsu CityOtsu CityShiga prefecture flagKinki1,413,1844,017.38351.8190Zones
2222ShizuokaShizuoka KenShizuoka CityHamamatsu cityShizuoka prefecture flagCentral part3,701,1817,778.70475.8350Zones
3232Shimane ShimanekenMatsueMatsueShimane prefecture flagChugoku694,1886,708.23103.51902 / *
1212ChibaChiba PrefectureChibaChibaChiba prefecture flagKanto6,224,0275,157.641,206.854Zones
1313TokyoTokyo Metropolitan areaShinjuku/Tokyo WardTokyo WardTokyo flagKanto13,513,7342,190.906,168.162Zones
3636TokushimaTokushima KenTokushimaTokushimaTokushima prefecture flagShikoku756,0634,146.93182.32402 / *
0909TochigiTochigikenUtsunomiya CityUtsunomiya CityTochigi prefecture flagKanto1,974,6716,408.09308.2250Zones
3131TottoriTottorikenTottori CityTottori CityTottori prefecture flagChugoku573,6483,507.05163.61902 / *
1616ToyamaToyama KenToyamaToyamaToyama Prefecture FlagCentral part1,066,8834,247.61251.2150Zones
4242NagasakiNagasaki KenNagasakiNagasakiNagasaki Prefecture FlagKyusyu1,377,7804,132.32333.4210Zones
2020NaganoNaganoNagano cityNagano cityNagano Prefecture FlagCentral part2,099,75913,561.56154.8770Zones
2929NaraNarakenNaraNaraNara prefecture flagKinki1,365,0083,690.94369.8390Zones
1515NiigataNiigata PrefectureNiigataNiigataNiigata Prefecture FlagCentral part2,305,09812,584.10183.2300Zones
2828HyogoHyokenKobe CityKobe CityHyogo prefecture flagKinki5,536,9898,400.90659.141Zones
3434HiroshimaHiroshima KenHiroshima cityHiroshima cityHiroshima prefecture flagChugoku2,844,9638,479.38335.5230Zones
1818FukuiFukuikenFukui CityFukui CityFukui prefecture flagCentral part787,0994,190.43187.8170Zones
4040FukuokaFukuoka provinceFukuoka CityFukuoka CityFukuoka prefecture flagKyusyu5,102,8714,986.401,023.460Zones
0707FukushimaFukushima KenFukushimaIwakiFukushima flagTohoku1,913,60613,783.75138.8590Zones
0101HokkaidoHow are youSapporoSapporoHokkaido flagHokkaido5,383,57983,424.2268.6179Zones
2424MieMiekenTsu CityYokkaichiMie prefecture flagKinki1,815,8275,774.39314.5290Zones
0404MiyagiMiyagi KenSendai citySendai cityMiyagi prefecture flagTohoku2,334,2157,282.14320.5350Zones
4545MiyazakiMiyazaki KenMiyazaki CityMiyazaki CityMiyazaki Prefecture FlagKyusyu1,104,3777,735.31142.8260Zones
0606YamagataYamagata KenYamagataYamagataYamagata prefecture flagTohoku1,122,9579,323.15120.4350Zones
3535Yamaguchi Yamaguchi KenYamaguchi CityShimonosekiYamaguchi prefecture flagChugoku1,405,0076,112.30229.9190Zones
1919YamanashiYamanashi KenKofu CityKofu CityYamanashi prefecture flagCentral part835,1654,464.99187.0270Zones
3030WakayamaWakayama PrefectureWakayama CityWakayama CityWakayama prefecture flagKinki963,8504,724.68204.0300Zones


Of the government office that is the origin of the current prefecture
Government building location and county at the time of installation[Note 3]
PrefectureCountyAddressCurrent location
Hokkaido GovernmentSapporo-gunSapporo 
to East Malaysia
AkitaAkita DistrictAkita[Note 4]
to East Malaysia
TochigiToga DistrictTochigiUtsunomiya[Note 5]
SaitamaSaitama DistrictIwatsuki[Note 6]Saitama[Note 7]
TokyoToshimaTokyoShinjuku[Note 8]
Kanagawa PrefectureTachibanajuKanagawaYokohama[Note 9]
Niigata PrefectureKambara-gunNiigata 
IshikawaIshikawaMikawaKanazawa[Note 10]
OsakaTosei DistrictOsaka
Shimane ShimaneMatsue
HiroshimaNumata CountyHiroshima
Yamaguchi YoshikiYamaguchi
EhimeHot springsMatsuyama
KochiTosa DistrictKochi
KumamotoAkita CountyKumamoto
OitaOita-gunFuchuOita[Note 4]
MiyazakiMiyazaki-gunKamibeppuMiyazaki[Note 4]
KagoshimaKagoshima DistrictKagoshima 

As is clear from the table (location and county of government office when the prefecture was established), the principle of prefecture name is the location of the government office. However, if the place name on which the prefecture name is based falls under the following, the prefecture name does not match the current city name of the residence.

1888/Since (Meiji 21), there is no change in the place name part of the prefecture name, and now the place name part of the prefecture has become established. Refers to the entire Aomori Prefecture rather than the city) usage is generally used, but is originally a place name showing only a part of the area. Especially when the prefecture name does not match the city name of the government office building, it is often misunderstood that the prefecture name is originally a place name pointing to the entire area. The place name part of the current prefecture name indicates the whole area of ​​prefecture.HokkaidoとEhimeOnly.

The principle of using the location of the government building for the prefecture name isNaming rules in the Sanjo system of the prefectureTheAbandoned DomainIt is believed that it was inherited afterwards. Throughout the Edo periodClan namingIt was not recognized that there was a unified policy in (in the first place, the name "han" itself is not the official one at that time),castle townName (eg "Kagoshima clan"),Regulatory countryIt was unclear whether to refer to a wide-area place name (for example, "Satsuma Domain") or the family name of the lord (for example, "Shimadzu Domain"). City name or village name of the government office location (exceptionally, the county name is used in some cases, and the regulatory country name is also used in prefectures and prefectures)[Note 15]) Is the only thing that has come to be used exclusivelyPrefectural Sanji systemAfter that.

after that,Abandoned DomainRight afterFirst prefecture integrationThere were many cases where the prefecture name based on "city name" was renamed to "gun name" at the time of and immediately after that (within about 7 months), and the specific reason is not always clear. In addition, this renameBoshin WarThe theory that it was based on a clear political will to display "reverse" in (Award and punishment), but this theory"Forward and Reverse" evaluation criteria are not clear,Cannot demonstrate the existence of political willThere are problems such as.

Renamed immediately after the first prefecture integrationSince then, the change of the prefecture name due to the relocation of the prefectural office has been exceptional. Even if the prefectural government offices are inherited, the prefectural name is also inherited (Abandoned domain # Transfer from the first prefecture integration to the second prefecture integration"Integration", "Transfer" andAbandoned clan prefecture # Second prefecture integrationSee "Transfer"). The obvious exception is the prefecture's name, which is a "grand name" that symbolizes the entire jurisdiction.Ishitetsu prefectureとKamiyamaAs a new "elegant name" when they mergeEhimeIt was the same as the case namedShirakawaAccording to the principleKumamotoOnly two cases have been renamed to. Cases corresponding to exceptions have also been abolishedShinkawa Prefecture-Asuwa prefecture-Meito prefectureWhen we reinstated, instead of the original prefecture nameToyama-Fukui-TokushimaIt is limited to 3 cases.First prefecture integrationAfter that, the case where the prefectural office was moved to another city (Tochigi) And the place name that is the basis of the prefecture name disappeared (Shimane,Kanagawa TownThe name of the prefecture has not changed.

English name of prefecture

PrefectureEnglish"Prefecture" is used as a translation, but this wordCentral governmentDispatched fromPrefectural governor(Prefect) has a sense of word of jurisdiction (similar example: France), the governor has been electedAfter the warIn, this word does not match the word sense,PrewarIt is still used by the convention from. In addition,TokyoIn the case of, "metropolis" is also used.HokkaidoIn some cases, "prefecture" is not used and "Hokkaido" is sometimes used.


Many prefecturesPrefecture flag,Prefecture badge,symbol markHave been established. They areNational Athletic MeetIn addition to being used for events such as, it is also displayed at the facilities of prefectures, and is used as a sign of facilities managed by prefectures.

Also, in many prefectures,flower, "Of the prefectureThu, "Of the prefecture(I.e.".Some of them are "prefecturalFish"" "PrefecturalbeastThere is also a place that has stipulated.Detail isList of symbols of prefecturesSee.

See below for other symbols.


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注 釈

  1. ^ As a large-scale boundary change, there is a case where the Tama region was transferred from Kanagawa prefecture to Tokyo prefecture in 1893 (Meiji 26), but the establishment or abolition of the prefecture itself is not accompanied.
  2. ^ However, strictly speaking, the bill does not mention Hokkaido and Okinawa prefectures.In addition, Hokkaido at that time was a public corporation with "Hokkaido local expenses" which is different from the prefectural system.Hokkaido GovernmentWas governing.Also, "Okinawa Prefecture"1879/It was established in (Meiji 12), but1909/Until (Meiji 42), the prefectural system like other prefectures was not enforced.
  3. ^ Only the type that has been changed while maintaining the place name part goes back to before the change.If a prefecture with the same place name is once abolished, it will be the government building when it is revived.As a county in Tokyo, Kyoto, and OsakaEdo Castle-Nijo Castle-Osaka CastleI marked the county.
  4. ^ a b c Oita and Miyazaki renamed the prefectural office location name to match the county name after the prefecture was established. Akita also renamed the county name after entering the Meiji era, but before the prefecture was established.
  5. ^ Relocation of Tochigi Prefectural OfficeSee.
  6. ^ When Saitama Prefecture was established, Iwatsuki was planned to be the prefectural capital, but a temporary government building was set up in Urawa, and Urawa became the prefectural capital without moving to Iwatsuki.Urawa is not Saitama-gun but Adachi-gun.
  7. ^ Urawa City, which was the prefectural capital, merged with Omiya City and Yono City.Later, Iwatsuki City, which was the original planned location of the prefectural office, was incorporated.
  8. ^ Shinjuku Ward is also a part of the former Tokyo City, and the current location of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is the former Yodobashi Ward, which was Toshima County (later Minami Toshima County ⇒ Toyotama County) before the incorporation of Tokyo City.
  9. ^ "Kanagawa" as the name of the municipality has disappeared, but now Yokohama City "Kanagawa Ward" exists as the base of the prefecture name.
  10. ^ a b IshikawaIs based on the county to which Mikawa (currently Hakusan City) belongs, which is not the current location of the prefectural office, but Kanazawa, the current location, is also in Ishikawa County.
  11. ^ First prefecture integrationSince then, there are cases where the “county name” of the government office is used as a prefecture name, and those that do not currently exist as prefectures (including those that were once abolished and revived under a different prefecture name)Iwai prefecture-Okitama Prefecture-Bandai prefecture-Shinji prefecture-Inba Prefecture-Iruma-Ashigara-Shinkawa Prefecture-Asuwa prefecture-Chikuma Prefecture-Nukata prefecture-Dokai prefecture-Inugami-Shikama Prefecture-Hojo Prefecture-Fukatsu-Oda-Meito prefecture-Mitan prefectureThere are 19 cases (Fukutsu prefecture → Oda prefecture are renamed due to the relocation of the government building, so there are 18 prefectures in total).
  12. ^ Present in Maebashi cityGunmaThe office was located in Gunma-gun since the law, but in the early Meiji eraAn area that is effectively one with Seta-gun, And the county was eventually reset accordingly, so we considered it to be "not the county of the current location".
  13. ^ Cases where the location of the government building, which is the basis of the prefecture name, is not the actual locationFirst prefecture integrationからFirst prefecture integrationThere are many places up to, and the planned place name was used as a nonexistent example.Mizusawa-Inba Prefecture-FukatsuAnd adjacent place names were usedKisarazu-HamadaThere are such cases (dissolved discrepancies in a short period of time, since there are many cases where it is not obvious whether or not they are applicable, it is difficult to list all of them without excess or deficiency).
  14. ^ A non-existent case where a place name that is neither "city name" nor "county name" is used isFirst prefecture integrationAfter thatIshitetsu prefecture-Kamiyama-ShirakawaThere are 3 cases. BesidesNanao PrefectureIn the example, "common name of city = name of castle" is used.
  15. ^ Specifically, the entire government was a former Shogunate territory.Sado prefecture,Hida Prefecture,KaifuAlso played a role in postwar processing of the Boshin WarEchigofu, Had a direct jurisdiction over the relatively small area (mainly the old flag territory)Kawachi Prefecture,Settsu prefecture,Mikawa PrefectureThere is a similar exampleMusashichi Prefectural Government,Hitachi Prefecture Prefectural Government,Shimosui Prefectural Government,Kazusa Awachi Prefectural GovernmentThere is, but SadoFirst prefecture integrationExcept left overAbandoned DomainIt has disappeared due to renaming and integration before.


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