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Biggest Cities in the Japanese Empire with a Map

With the help of a map, can you name the 50 most populous cities of the Empire of Japan during World War II in 1942?
Click on the map to zoom in. This will also make densely placed dots easier to see.
Sources used for population estimates in the stickied comments.
Quiz by Dekkie
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Last updated: September 25, 2023
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Population
Cities
7,3M
Tokyo
3,7M
Shanghai
3M
Osaka
1,6M
Beiping
(Beijing)
1,3M
Nagoya
1,2M
Guangzhou
1,2M
Tianjin
1,1M
Nanjing
1,1M
Fengtian
(Shenyang)
1M
Keijo
(Seoul)
1M
Kyoto
1M
Yokohama
940k
Kobe
Population
Cities
865k
Syonan
(Singapore)
840k
Wuhan
745k
Manila
725k
Djakarta
(Jakarta)
680k
Qingdao
675k
Harbin
585k
Soerabaia
(Surabaya)
555k
Xinjing
(Changchun)
550k
Hangzhou
525k
Dairen
(Dalian)
520k
Rangoon
(Yangon)
500k
Hong Kong
450k
Jinan
Population
Cities
440k
Saigon
(Ho Chi Minh City)
400k
Bandoeng
(Bandung)
385k
Suzhou
345k
Fuzhou
345k
Taihoku
(Taipei)
340k
Heijo
(Pyongyang)
340k
Hiroshima
340k
Kawasaki
315k
Fukuoka
300k
Fuzan
(Busan)
300k
Kaifeng
280k
Fushun
Population
Cities
270k
Wuxi
265k
Kure
265k
Semarang
265k
Xuzhou
260k
Nagasaki
260k
Soerakarta
(Surakarta)
255k
Yahata
(Kitakyushu)
255k
Zhenjiang
245k
Yokosuka
240k
Bengbu
240k
Sendai
230k
Ningbo
9 Comments
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Level 55
Sep 25, 2023
Since there are almost no estimates for 1942, these are rough estimates for population of the biggest cities controlled by Japan at the time that had to be manually calculated from sources listed below.

Sources:

Populstat (archived, original site no longer up)

The Social Maps of Seoul

Hong Kong’s Civilian Fatalities of the Second World War

The Population of Korea

Wartime Victuals: Surviving the Japanese Occupation

Four Thousand Years of Urban Growth

+3
Level 71
Sep 25, 2023
Good quiz. Tough, however.
+1
Level 55
Sep 25, 2023
Thanks!
+2
Level 67
Sep 25, 2023
Great Quiz and Map, I did pretty bad tho, only half.
+1
Level 55
Sep 25, 2023
Thanks! I"m pretty happy with the map. The partisan territories were a major pain to insert though.
+3
Level 70
Sep 25, 2023
I really like this quiz
+1
Level 55
Sep 25, 2023
Thanks!
+2
Level 63
Oct 3, 2023
Cool quiz Dekkie!