Keihanshin

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Keihanshin
Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto
Kobe
Osaka
Kintra

 Japan


Major Ceeties Osaka
Kobe
Kyoto
Sakai
Area
 • Metro 11,169 km2 (4,312 sq mi)
Population (Population Census o Japan 2000)[1]
 • Metro 18,643,915
 • Metro density 1,669/km2 (4,322/sq mi)

Keihanshin (京阪神?, Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe) is a Japanese metropolitan region encompassin the metropolitan auries o the ceeties o Osaka in Osaka Prefectur, Kobe in Hyōgo Prefectur, an Kyoto in Kyoto Prefectur. The entire region haes a population (as o 2000) o 18,644,000 ower an aurie o 11,170 km².[2] It is Japan's seicont maist populatit urban region efter the Greater Tokyo Aurie, containin approximately 15% o Japan's population.

The GDP in this aurie (Osaka an Kobe) is $341 billion, makkin it ane o the warld's maist productive regions, a match wi Paris an Lunnon.[3] Mastercard Worldwide reportit that Osaka is the 19t rankin ceety o the warld's leadin global ceeties an haes an instrumental role in drivin the global economy.[4]

The name Keihanshin is constructit bi extractin a representative kanji frae Kyoto (京都), Osaka (大阪), an Kobe (神戸), but uisin the On-yomi (Cheenese readin) insteid o the correspondin Kun-yomi (Japanese readin) for each o the characters taken frae Osaka an Kobe, an the kan-on Cheenese readin o the character for Kyoto insteid o the uisual go-on Cheenese readin.

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Statistics Bureau of Japan
  2. Japan Statistics Bureau - "2000 Census: Table 92. Population in Major Metropolitan Areas and Metropolitan Areas", retrieved February 8, 2007
  3. - PWC report 2007, retrieved October 9, 2007
  4. Mastercard Worldwide - "Worldwide Centers of Commerce Index 2008" page 8 and 22, retrieved June 11, 2008