Core city

Core city

A is a class of Japanese city created by the first clause of Article 252, Section 22 of the Local Autonomy Law of Japan. Core cities are delegated many functions normally carried out by prefectural governments, but not as many as designated cities. To become a candidate for core city status, a city must satisfy the following condition:

  1. A population greater than 300,000.

Application for designation is made by a city with the approval of both the city and prefectural assemblies.

List of current core cities

As of 2008, 39 cities have been designated core cities:

April 1, 1996

April 1, 1997

April 1, 1998

April 1, 1999

April 1, 2000

April 1, 2001

April 1, 2002

April 1, 2003

April 1, 2005

October 1, 2005

October 1, 2006

April 1, 2008

Former core cities

Core city nominees

The following cities are scheduled to receive the core city classification.

April 1, 2009

During 2010

April 1, 2011

Undetermined date

Awaiting designation

The following cities have populations greater than 300,000 but have not yet been nominated. (Cities planning to apply for core city status are not shown. ※Special Cities)

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