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City designated by government ordinance

City designated by government ordinance, or Government Ordinance City (政令指定都市 seirei shitei tosi) is a city of Japan that has more than 500,000 population and important economical and industrial functions and is considered a large city in Japan. The city is designated under the Article 252, Clause 19, the first term of the local government law of Japan.

No city that once had a status has lost the status of designation.

List of designated cities