Main City: Osaka
Population: 8,839,000 people, ranking 3/47 prefectures (2015) 
Area: 1,899 km2 
Geographical / Landscape description
Osaka is the second smallest prefecture in Japan and home of the third largest city of Japan. As of 1 April 2012, 11% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as natural park. 
Osaka belongs to the humid subtropical climate zone. Its winters are generally mild and rarely see snowfall. Spring in Osaka starts off mild, but ends up being hot and humid. Summers are very hot and humid. Fall sees a cooling trend with the early part of the season resembling summer while the latter part resembles winter. 
Recent history, culture
Osaka City’s historic background as a city of commerce helped shape today’s Osaka. It played a major role in distribution, trade, and industry in Japan and it is now further developing to become an international city. 
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