When the Kanto region is divided into north and south, it refers to the south. It mainly refers to the 1st and 3rd prefectures of Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, and Saitama prefectures south of the Tone River, but in certain cases it may refer to other ranges. The synonym is the Kita Kanto region. The center is the Tokyo metropolitan area, which forms the world's largest metropolitan area.
The Minami Kanto region has several names, and can be classified according to their purpose or use.
1 Province and 3 prefectures (Tokyo, Kanagawa Prefecture, Chiba Prefecture, Saitama Prefecture) As of July 1, 2006, the population of the former area of Tokyo was 8.52 million, the total of the prefecture was 12.63 million, Kanagawa Prefecture 8.83 million, and Saitama Prefecture. There are 7.07 million people and Chiba prefecture has 6.07 million people, totaling 34.6 million people. Considering that the population of the prefecture around this area is less than 3 million, it is a remarkably large population.
In the administration, these 1 provinces and 3 prefectures are collectively referred to as Minami Kanto to solve various problems caused by population density or to carry out policy tasks. In economic terms, these 1 province and 3 prefectures are referred to as the "metropolitan area". Although sometimes referred to as the metropolitan area administratively, it is different from the legal scope of the metropolitan area. Minami Kanto (Kanagawa Prefecture, Chiba Prefecture, Yamanashi Prefecture) Kanto Region The densely populated population accounts for a third of Japan's population, so it is divided into proportional districts in elections. The former area of Tokyo, the Tama region, and the entire Izu and Ogasawara Islands are collectively defined as the Tokyo metropolitan area. The remaining prefectures in the metropolitan area consist of the Kita-Kanto area north of Tokyo and the Minami-Kanto area with Yamanashi prefecture south of Tokyo. It is not classified for geographical reasons, but can be nominally divided into Kita Kanto, Tokyo, and Minami Kanto.
To the south of Tokyo (Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba) One and two prefectures south of Tokyo. To the south of the Tokyo metropolitan area (Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama) One and three prefectures south of the Tokyo metropolitan area. The southwestern area of Ibaraki Prefecture is part of the Tokyo metropolitan area, but it is excluded because it covers one-third of the total area of Ibaraki Prefecture.
Tokyo area (region within 70 km of concentric circles from downtown Tokyo) Based on the population commuting and commuting to the center of Tokyo, the area with a strong economic connection is called the Tokyo area. Tokyo's metropolitan area tends to expand after the end of the war, and although the scope varies according to time, it refers to an area within 70 kilometers of Tokyo's city center based on the 2000 census. In this case, the central point refers to the former Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo) before the relocation to Shinjuku Ward.
The Osaka area and Nagoya area have similar street areas, and the center point is the city hall of each city. Since these two districts are within 50 kilometers of each other, they sometimes refer to areas within 50 kilometers of Tokyo. Since the Tokyo area refers to the southern part of the Kanto region, it is also called Minami Kanto.
In the enacted in 1988, "Among the districts of Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, and Ibaraki, a large area determined by ordinance that is socially and economically integrated with the former area of Tokyo Metropolitan Government." is stipulated as
Population in the three major metropolitan area kilometers - Tokyo 70 kilometers population: 34,394,178 people (2000)
Population Trend in Tokyo Area (1885 to 2000) Tokyo Metropolitan Area (10% commuting area of Tokyo Special Ward) Population commuting to the old Tokyo area (formerly Tokyo City)