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1. the office, position, or area of authority of a prefect
2. the official residence of a prefect in France, Italy, etc.



(1) In Rome under the republic, a municipium (municipality) deprived by Rome of self-rule and placed under the supervision of a prefect. From the time of the emperor Constantine I at the beginning of the fourth century the term served to designate an administrative unit. The entire empire was divided into four prefectures—the East, Illyricum (Illyria), Italy, and Gaul—each of which was governed by a praetorian prefect.

(2) In Japan, the designation for the principal administrative and territorial units.

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The governor then presented pears and melons produced in Chiba Prefecture to the Princess, and told her that exchanges between Chiba Prefecture and Thailand have been deepened since his visit to Thailand three years ago.
Under an agreement the prefecture signed with the U.
Concern over tainted meat reaching market was heightened Friday by a Tokyo metropolitan government and Yamagata prefectural government announcement that radioactive cesium at levels exceeding the safety limit had been found in beef from cattle shipped from a farm in Asakawa, Fukushima Prefecture, to a slaughterhouse in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture.
He told a press conference that he will resign as Ginowan mayor in early October to run in the gubernatorial election as an independent supported by three local political parties including the Okinawa Prefecture chapter of the Social Democratic Party.
The roaming areas serviced by NTT DoCoMo are expected to be in 31 prefectures (please refer to the list below), excluding Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka areas.
The address of the prefecture government was used as the representative site of prefecture surveillance data, and unweighted moving average for each prefectural peak week was applied after adjusting the time scale.
We were swamped with all manner of documentation outlining ideas that had already been proposed by the prefecture.
769 to 1 occurred between Chiba Prefecture at 1,473,292 and Tottori Prefecture with 308,913, with ratios of more than 4 to 1 in six other prefectures -- Fukuoka, Hokkaido, Hyogo, Kanagawa, Osaka and Tokyo.
The prefecture hopes that the events will give local residents a chance to welcome athletes and tourists from around the world with warm hospitality, and show them what Chiba has to offer.
5 quake rocked Nagano Prefecture in central Japan and its surrounding areas at 7:26 a.
In the Chugoku region Monday morning, accumulated snow amounted to 195 centimeters in Kitahiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, 137 cm in Maniwa, Okayama Prefecture, and 91 cm in Onan, Shimane Prefecture, all record highs for the locations in western Japan, according to the weather agency.