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Tokyo Metro Size

The claim for the size of Tōkyō [at] is based on estimates of "urban agglomerations." I think it'd be better to link to its sources ([Demographia]), not a second-hand source like (The Demographia 50 Largest World Metropolitan Areas list is [here].)

Second, if we're going to use the source, then it'd be better to cite the greater Tōkyō area (which includes other adjoining prefectures), rather than implying that there are over 30 million people in Tōkyō. [The official Tōkyō web site] places Tōkyō proper at 12 million. To further complicate matters, Tōkyō isn't even on Demographia's list of [World Municipalities over 7,000,000 Population] because of the definition of municipality.

Please note: I am not disputing the greater Tōkyō area's status as the largest metropolitan agglomeration in the world. I'm merely saying that it would be nice to be a little more accurate than the current article's claim that Tōkyō's the largest city. We'd have to clarify what we mean by "city."

State Religion? Monarchy? Where?

The article claims that there is a State religion (Shinto), but I cannot find any substantiation for this claim. Can anybody back up this claim?

The Japanese Constitution provides for no state religion.

Also, hammering on "constitutional monarchy" seems inappropriate. If you read the Japanese constitution, the Diet, not the Emperor, has supreme authority. This is borne out in the MOFA-sponsored fact sheet on government. The Emperor acts only in purely cerimonial role under the direction of the Diet (Constitution, Chapter 1). So, while the CIA World Factbook calls Japan a constitutional monarchy, the Japanese Constitution grants the Emperor no authority beyond the symbolic, and that wholely under the direction of the Diet.

Thus, how can we legitimately call Japan a "monarchy" if the monarch has zero power? I'd rather call it a parlimentary government, which is where the powers lie. If there is an insistance on including "monarch" in the description, it could be described as a "parilmentary government with cerimonial monarch."

Sources: Web Japan, a site sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

Current Prime Minister

The current Prime Minister of Japan (since September 26, 2007) is Yasuo F-u-kuda, but your spam filter will not accept it because it contains the letter sequence "F-u-k". Someone should change this. Dadsnagem2 14:29, 30 January 2008 (EST)

Fixed. Philip J. Rayment 04:42, 16 March 2008 (EDT)

Well the prime minister is now Taro Aso - i don't know how long he'll last though...----PhilipV I Support our Troops! 12:12, 14 December 2008 (EST)

Not really relevant . . .

  • . . . but too cool not to post. Link. -CSGuy 18:50, 6 June 2008 (EDT)
! Part of this article was copied from Citizendium but the copied text was originally written by me, RJJensen (under the name Richard Jensen) and does not include major contributions made by others on that site. Conservlogo.png
RJJensen 23:49, 6 October 2009 (EDT)