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Osaka rated most powerful city in Japan

  • August 24, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 7:29 p.m.
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Tokyo, Aug. 24 (Jiji Press)–Osaka has topped the list of powerful Japanese cities for the first time, an affiliate of real estate developer Mori Building Co. said Tuesday.

The western Japan city beat Kyoto in the 2021 “power cities” rankings compiled by the Mori Memorial Foundation’s Institute for Urban Strategies.

A total of 138 major cities in Japan were rated by 86 indicators in six categories such as the economy, culture and environment. Tokyo’s densely populated 23 special wards were rated separately.

Osaka climbed to first place thanks to improved scores for accessibility and livability, while Kyoto, also in western Japan, fell to second place after topping the list for three consecutive years.

The latest rankings included new indicators, such as the amount of carbon dioxide emissions per daytime population and the extent of progress in efforts to introduce electronic government systems.

Osaka was first in the latter indicator. It also ranked high in the ease of bicycle use and the amount of CO2 emissions.

Kyoto continued to receive the highest score in the culture and interaction category.

Fukuoka in southwestern Japan remained in third place, while Yokohama in Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, and Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, also kept their ranks at fourth and fifth, respectively.

Hiroshima in western Japan rose by three notches to 11th place, backed by improved scores in indicators regarding the natural environment and business. Nagano in central Japan rose to 16th place from 19th on higher recycling rates.

On indicators for living environments, which are becoming important amid the rising popularity of working from home, the cities of Mitaka in Tokyo, Nishinomiya in Hyogo Prefecture, western Japan, and Fukuoka received high ratings.

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