Template talk:Administrative divisions of Japan

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I don't believe there are any "Special Cities" in Japan, are there? - Nik42 08:42, 8 Mar 2005 (UTC)

I was trying to translate 特例市. I'm not sure if that's the official translation. -- ran (talk) 13:28, Mar 8, 2005 (UTC)
Ah, interesting. Nik42 05:48, 9 Mar 2005 (UTC)
I'm working on a page for Special cities of Japan. That seems to be the English translation. It's the translation used here, at least: http://web-japan.org/factsheet/local/l_city.html

It looks really grumblesome with the romaji and Kanji AND English translation on the list. --Menchi 08:33, 4 May 2005 (UTC)

  • I could go either way. —Tokek 22:19, 20 September 2005 (UTC)
  • I agree that the romaji and kanji should be removed. Each administrative division is linked to its own article, which lists the romaji and kanji for each division. Putting the information here is just redundant. Douggers (talk) 01:15, 6 February 2008 (UTC)

Merged and redirecting articles[edit]

Noticed that Administrative divisions of Japan redirects to Geography of Japan and Cities of Japan redirects to Municipalities of Japan. Even though all the other municipal articles (village, town, special city, core city, ward) have their own article. Should city have its own article as well, or should the non-city minicipal articles be merged to the municipality article as well? Also, since "Administrative divisions of Japan" doesn't have an article of its own, maybe it should be de-linkified from the template. —Tokek 22:19, 20 September 2005 (UTC)

Some changes are afoot via WP:WPCSub, so these points should (eventually!) be addressed. Regards, David Kernow (talk) 09:20, 30 September 2006 (UTC)


The template says it lists administrative divisions of Japan, but it includes regions. The opening sentence in the Regions article states "The regions of Japan are not official administrative units... ." There's a "but" after that, but still I wonder if we should either remove regions from the template, or retitle it to encompass regions? Fg2 08:00, 4 May 2006 (UTC)

Since nobody objected, I'll remove the word "administrative" from the first line of the template. Fg2 07:01, 15 May 2006 (UTC)

(Removed the word "administrative." Please see discussion page.)
Apologies for overlooking the regional level; as it's the only non-administrative level, I've removed it from the template per your suggestion above and restored the Administrative divisions of Japan link. Hope that's okay. Regards, David Kernow (talk) 13:36, 29 September 2006 (UTC)
I'm happy either way -- (1) with regional level but not "administrative," or (2) without regional level but with "administrative" (as it now stands). Thanks Fg2 20:45, 29 September 2006 (UTC)

Which entities belong at each level?[edit]

I'm having trouble figuring out why designated cities are at the subprefectural level. I think all cities are at the municipal level, and that the designated cities belong with the rest of the cities.

Next, I'm not sure why wards are at the municipal level. Special wards, yes, but wards belong at a sub-municipal level.

Speaking of sub-municipal level, if we choose to add this level, we could add chō and machi (separate from the chō and machi at the municipal level).

Is there a way to indicate in the template (graphically or using text) which entities have elected leaders and representative bodies? These are the prefectures and all the municipalities (all the cities, towns, and villages, as well as the special wards).

Fg2 (talk) 10:55, 5 February 2008 (UTC)

My understanding is that designated cities are at the subprefectural level because of the amount of authority given to them by the nationanl government. They, basically, have all the same power as prefectures, putting them at a level between cities and prefectures. As for other things, I'm not quite so sure... Douggers (talk) 01:13, 6 February 2008 (UTC)


The language of this encyclopedia is English. I have commented out all Japanese characters since some people who know the language may want to double check the translation. Otherwise, they are a distraction to English readers and shouldn't be in the viewable template. This goes for all articles BTW. Thanks. Student7 (talk) 21:42, 29 September 2011 (UTC)


The three sub-divisions are suggested by

The adjectives -- national, sub-national, municipal -- imply a noun.

Also, the information in the municipalities section is supported by the graphic at p. 7 of "Large City System of Japan" here. --Ansei (talk) 19:18, 29 November 2012 (UTC)