Prefectures of Japan, ''Ken''

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Summary

The 47 prefectures of Japan form Japan's first level of jurisdiction and administrative division. They consist of 43 proper, two , one and one .

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43 of the 47 prefectures are referred to as ken (県). The Classical Chinese character from which this is derived carries a rural or provincial connotation, and an analogous character is used to refer to the counties of China and counties of Taiwan and districts of Vietnam.

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