1. cities, towns and villages; municipalities
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2. Municipalities of JapanJapan has three levels of government: national, prefectural, and municipal. The nation is divided into 47 prefectures. Each prefecture consists of numerous municipalities. There are four types of municipalities in Japan: cities, towns, villages and special wards (the ku of Tokyo). In Japanese, this system is known as shikuchōson, where each kanji in the word represents one of the four types of municipalities..
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