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Full nameOsaka
Official name大阪市 · Osaka City
Native name大阪
Native name langja
Settlement typeDesignated city
MayorKunio Hiramatsu since December 2007
Total Area85.9 sq mi (222.47 km2)
Total Population2670731 (August 1, 2011)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneJapan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- TreeSakura
- FlowerPansy
Phone number06-6208-8181
Address1-3-20 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu


Bodystyleclass="infobox geography" style="font-size:90%;"
AboveLocal administration
Abovestylebackground-color: lightgrey
SubheaderThe Mayor and the Council
Caption1Osaka City Hall
Headerstylebackground-color: lightgrey
Data2Kunio Hiramatsu
Label3Vice Mayors:
Data3Akira Morishita,
Takashi Kashiwagi
Header20City Council
Data21Toshifumi Tagaya (LDP)
Data2289 councilors (1 vacant)
Data31Liberal Democratic Party
and Citizen's Club (33),
Komei Party (20),
Democratic Party of Japan
and Citizens' Coalition (19),
Japanese Communist Party (16)
Label32Seats by districts:
Data32Ward (no. of seats)
Abeno-ku (4),
Asahi-ku (4),
Chūō-ku (2),
Fukushima-ku (2),
Higashinari-ku (3),
Higashisumiyoshi-ku (5),
Higashiyodogawa-ku (6),
Hirano-ku (6),
Ikuno-ku (5),
Jōtō-ku (5),
Kita-ku (3),
Konohana-ku (3),
Minato-ku (3),
Miyakojima-ku (3),
Naniwa-ku (2),
Nishi-ku (2),
Nishinari-ku (5),
Nishiyodogawa-ku (3),
Suminoe-ku (4),
Sumiyoshi-ku (6),
Taishō-ku (3),
Tennōji-ku (2),
Tsurumi-ku (3),
Yodogawa-ku (5)
Data34Note: As of March 10th, 2009

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|} is a city in the Kansai region of Japan's main island of Honshu, a designated city under the Local Autonomy Law, the capital city of Osaka Prefecture and also the biggest part of Keihanshin area, which is represented by three major cities of Japan, Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe. Located at the mouth of the Yodo River on Osaka Bay,

Osaka is the third largest city by population after Tokyo (special wards) and Yokohama.

Keihanshin is the second largest area in Japan by population and one of the largest metropolitan areas highly ranked in the world, with nearly 18 million people, and by GDP the second largest area in Japan and the seventh largest area in the world.

Historically the commercial capital of Japan, Osaka functions as one of the command centers for the Japanese economy. The ratio between daytime and night time population is 141%, the highest in Japan, highlighting its status as an economic center. Its nighttime population is 2.6 million, the third in the country, but in daytime the population surges to 3.7 million, second only after Tokyo. (Totalling the Special wards of Tokyo, which is not a single incorporated city, for statistical purposes. See the Tokyo article for more information on the definition and makeup of Tokyo.) Osaka used to be referred to as the

|} in feudal Edo period because it was the centre of trading for rice, creating the first modern future exchange market in the world.

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