- Special cities of Japan
This category was established by the
Local Autonomy Law, article 252 clause 26. They are designated by the Cabinet after a request by the city council and the prefectural assembly.
The special cities (tokureishi) are not the same as the
special wards of Tokyo; Nerima describes itself as the twenty-third "special city," referring to its status as a special ward. [http://www.city.nerima.tokyo.jp/kocho_koho/koho/publication/file/file01.pdf]
As of 2007, 44 cities have been designated as Special Cities. The following is categorized by date of designation.
November 1, 2000 April 1, 2003
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