The Fukuoka municipal government said Thursday that the southeastern Japan city's population has risen past Kobe to the fifth biggest among the 20 government ordinance-designated major cities.
According to the Fukuoka government's own national census tally as of Oct. 1 last year, the number of residents in the city had increased by 74,767 from the previous nationwide population survey five years ago to 1,538,510.
Young people have been flowing in Fukuoka from many other portions of the Kyushu region, on the back of the city's high ratio of job offers to seekers, municipal government officials said. Fukuoka is located in northern Kyushu.
Now in fifth place, Fukuoka follows Yokohama, Osaka, Nagoya, and Sapporo in population scale. The 20 ordinance-designated cities exclude Tokyo.
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