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Fukuoka

Administration
Full nameFukuoka
Official name福岡市 · Fukuoka City
Native name福岡
Native name langja
Settlement typeDesignated city
CountryJapan
RegionKyūshū
PrefectureFukuoka
Government
MayorSoichiro Takashima (since December 2010)
Geography
Total Area131.3 sq mi (340.03 km2)
Demography
Total Population1461631 (September 1, 2010)
Density (pop.)4253.83/km2 (11017.4/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneJapan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- TreeCamphor laurel
- FlowerCamellia
- BirdBlack-headed Gull

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|} is the capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture and is situated on the northern shore of the island of Kyushu in Japan.

Voted number 14 in 2010's poll of the World's Most Livable Cities, Fukuoka is praised for its green spaces in a metropolitan setting. It is the most populous city in Kyushu, followed by Kitakyūshū. It is the largest city and metropolitan area west of Keihanshin. The city was designated on April 1, 1972 by government ordinance. Greater Fukuoka (福岡都市圏), with 2.5 million people (2005 census), is part of the heavily industrialized Fukuoka-Kitakyūshū zone, as well as Northern Kyushu.

As of June 2011, Fukuoka is Japan's 7th largest city, having passed the population of Kyoto, and the first time a city west of the Kinki region has a larger population since Kyoto was established in the 7th century. However, in ancient times, the area near Fukuoka was thought to be perhaps even more influential than the Yamato region.


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