Fukuoka has been steadily moving up the rankings of cities in Japan. (Note that for this ranking, Tokyo is not considered a “city” – I guess it’s in its own category…) This is because, as the biggest city in Southern Japan, a lot of young people move to Fukuoka from the surrounding countryside, and these days many companies are relocating their headquarters to Fukuoka because of its relative safety, convenience, and air and sea links to Asia.
A few years ago Fukuoka’s growing population surpassed Kyoto (whose population is shrinking), and this year it passed Kobe (whose population is also shrinking). In fact, the rate of growth of Fukuoka’s population is quite surprising for Japan – the number of people grew by nearly 5% in the last 5 years, when most Japanese cities grew by 1% or less, or shrank. That settles it: Fukuoka is the place to be!