Provinces of Japan

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Map of the former Japanese provinces

Provinces of Japan (令制国?) were the ancient subdivisions of the land of the island nation.

The provinces developed and changed from the 7th century until the Meiji Period. In the 1870s, the provincial system was replaced by a new system of prefectures.[1]

History[change | change source]

The early provinces were created by Imperial decree. Over time, there were many changes in the numbers of provinces.

The national system of provinces was established at the beginning of the 8th century.

The borders of the provinces were often changing until the end of the Nara period.

From the Heian Period through Edo period, provincial borders were generally stable, but there were some changes.

In the early Meiji period some provincial borders were changed before the prefectural system was established.[1]

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References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2002). "Provinces and prefectures" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 780.