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Japan Power Cities

While the world’s population is predicted to continue growing in the years ahead, the population of Japan is expected to shrink rapidly as a result of a declining birth rate and an aging society. In facing such circumstances head on, cities across Japan, in order to maintain their dynamism, must harness their respective characteristics and push ahead with urban development, while maintaining the ‘magnetism’ required to attract people and companies, as well as the ‘growth potential’ that continually demonstrates their urban appeal and strengths. For this to be achieved, cities need to gain an objective understanding of their own strengths and then formulate and execute an urban strategy plan for the next generation. As part of ‘Japan Power Cities–Profiling Urban Attractiveness’, a study was carried out on the major cities of Japan to be able to conduct comparative and multi-faced analyses of city strengths based on quantitative and qualitative data and to shed light on city characteristics such as strengths and attractiveness.

Japan Power Cities 2022 Summary

This is a summary version of "Japan Power Cities DATABOOK 2022." Introduced are partial results and analysis for 2022 using easy-to-understand charts, as well as indicator definitions.

Key Features

Target Cities

138 Japanese cities and the 23 wards of Tokyo were included as target cities in this study. For the 138 cities, the selection criteria were set as follows and the cities were selected:
1. Ordinance-designated cities.
2. Location of prefectural offices (excluding ordinance-designated cities.)
3. Cities with a population of 170,000 or more.

Evaluation Methodology

In Japan Power Cities, 6 functions (Economy & Business, Research & Development, Cultural Interaction, Daily Life & Livability, Environment, and Accessibility) were created to represent the components of cities. Furthermore, 26 indicator groups were established to represent the primary components of those functions, with 86 indicators finally being determined.

Function / Indicator Group / Indicator



In order to further clarify the strengths and attractiveness of the target cities, the characteristics of each city were visualized using radar charts and graphs.
In the Data Book, the characteristics of each city are shown in various forms, including through the following radar charts.

Special Research
JPC2022 - City Perception Survey Japan

Institute for Urban Strategies, the Mori Memorial Foundation conducted a survey of residents of the 161 cities covered by the JPC to find out what kind of image they have of the cities in which they live.

Details of the survey can be found in the JPC Summary and on the following pages.

See Results

Press Resources

  • Summary

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  • 138 Cities’ Function-Specific Score

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  • Tokyo 23 wards’ Function-Specific Score

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Japan Power Cities Databook 2022

Release date
12th September,2022
Japanese only
Print Edition: JPY 33,000 (tax included)
PDF: JPY 26,400 (tax included)
Results & Analysis
City Profiles
Data Tables

Japan Power Cities Databook 2022


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