Hiroshima Prefecture Municipalities

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by Philbert Ono

As of March 31, 2006, Hiroshima has 14 cities (-shi; 市), 9 towns (-cho; 町), and 0 villages (-mura; 村).

Cities

The major cities are Hiroshima (capital), Fukuyama, and Onomichi. *Asterisked sites are in English.

Towns and Villages

Towns (-cho; 町) and villages (-mura; 村) are grouped into non-administrative counties (-gun; 郡). *Asterisked sites are in English.

Municipal Mergers

On Feb. 2, 2003, Hiroshima had 13 cities (-shi; 市), 67 towns (-machi; 町), and 6 villages (-mura; 村). By March 31, 2006, this changed to 14 cities, 9 towns, and 0 villages. During this period, all municipalities except four towns merged in one way or another. Heisei Municipal Mergers between April 1, 1999 and March 31, 2006 are as follows:

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