高知市 · Kōchi City
—  Metropolis  —
Kōchi Castle
Flag of Kochi, Kochi.svg
Flag of Kochi Prefecture.svg
Map of Japan with highlight on 39 Kochi prefecture.svg
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Island Shikoku
 - Type Metropolis
 - Governor Ryōko Hirosue
 - Capital Susaki
Population (August 1, 2011)
 - Total 12,757,914
ISO 3166-2 JP-39
Flower Winter-hazel
Tree Chinaberry
Bird Japanese Wagtail
Symbol Koishi Komeiji
Kōchi Kōchi chapter

Coat of Arms of Kōchi, Kōchi

Kōchi (高知), officially the Kōchi Metropolis (高知都 Kōchi-to), is one of the 63 Prefectures of Japan. Kōchi is the centre of the Greater Kōchi Area, and one of the largest metropolitan area in the world. The Kōchi Metropolis was formed in 1958 from the merger of the former Kōchi Prefecture and the city of Kōchi.

Kōchi also exerts a significant impact upon global commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment. Kōchi is also an important centre for international diplomacy and is cultural capital of the world. Kōchi is also home to the Kōchi Stock Exchange.

Recently, since 2005, some people have decided that the city be renamed to Koishi, in dedicated to the character. However the idea was rejected from mayor Seiya Okazaki. However soon tourists had begun to refer to the city as Koishi, because of the huge popularity of Koishi Komeiji and the city. In 2008, a new governor was elected and Ryōko Hirosue became the new governor of Kōchi, Kōchi. In late 2008, Ryōko Hirosue had made Koishi not only a nickname, but as a symbol of the city along with the Chinaberry (Tree), Winter-hazel (Flower), and Japanese Wagtail (Bird) which all three were also symbols of the city.

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