Kyoto Tops Rankings of Major Japanese Cities

Economy

Tokyo, Oct. 3 (Jiji Press)--Kyoto has topped the rankings of major Japanese cities measured by features such as livability and economy, a think tank affiliated with major real estate developer Mori Building Co. said Wednesday.

The Institute for Urban Strategies compiled the rankings, which covered 72 cities excluding Tokyo, for the first time.

The cities were rated using a total of 83 indicators in six categories--economy and business, transport and accessibility, environment, life and residence, culture and interchange, and research and development--based on statistical results and hearings with local residents.

Kyoto, western Japan, was highly rated for its abundant tourism property, including historical and cultural assets, and high levels of university education, the think tank said.

Fukuoka came second on the back of its powerful economy, with a number of special deregulation zones set in the southwestern city.

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