What is a Prefecture in Japan?

Fleur D By Fleur D, 24th Mar 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Basic definition of what a prefecture in Japan is. Ever since the horrific tsunami and earthquake have rocked Japan, I have heard over and over again about prefectures in the newspaper and on-line. The only problem is that no one explains what these are : major metro areas or smaller cities??

What is a Prefecture in Japan?

Have you been keeping up with the news in Japan? I have from the first day and I have tried to understand what a prefecture in Japan is. I kept reading about it and somewhere between the LA Times and the on line news stories, I have missed out on what exactly is a prefecture. So if you are having the same problem, here is a short and sweet definition.

According to Wikipedia.com, prefectures are simply “ governmental bodies larger than cites, towns, and villages..” and they are run by a governor known as a chief executive.

The breakdown of the prefectures goes from these larger than cities, to cities, districts,towns, and finally into villages. The prefectures that were heavily affected by the earthquake and tsunami lie in the northeastern part of Japan.


Districts, Japan, Large Cities, Prefecture

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author avatar Artur Victoria
27th Mar 2011 (#)

Hi Fleur
In my country prefectures are small administrative bodies ...

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author avatar Maurielyn
5th Aug 2011 (#)

I feel like its a way of telling the "truth" if we aren't smart enough to figure it out, ...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
2nd Dec 2014 (#)

In a way, "blocks" are tough to understand for those outside America - siva

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