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About Osaka, Japan
Osaka Prefecture, located at the approximate center of Japan, is divided into 33 cities, 10 towns, and 1 village.  
 
Covering an area of approximately 1,890 square kilometers, or only 0.5% of the nation's entire land area, Osaka is the second smallest prefecture. However, it has a population of 8.8 million, or 7% of the entire population, making it the second most populous prefecture after Tokyo. Furthermore, approximately 210,000 foreigners, or 15.6% of all foreigners registered in Japan reside in Osaka.  
 
Geographically Osaka extends from north to south, with a slight curve, open toward Osaka Bay on the west and surrounded by mountains on the other three sides. The weather is generally mild, with four distinct seasons. The annual average temperature is 61.3F, and average precipitation is 1,318mm.  
 

 
ABOUT CHICAGO
Welcome to Chicago -- home of deep-dish pizza, champion sports teams, five-star hotels and restaurants, award-winning theaters, world-class museums, and mile after mile of magnificent lake shore. Chicago is host to some of the world's largest corporations and organizations, and is attracting more and more businesses everyday. There is an appealing mix of both the glory of our past and the glory of our future.  
 
Chicago's population peaked at 3.6 million in 1950, when it accounted for 69.9 percent of the metropolitan area's residents. The city's population then fell steadily up until 1990, while the rest of Cook County and the five collar counties grew rapidly. In 1998, Chicago's 2,802,079 residents accounted for 36.0 percent of the metropolitan area's residents, while the rest of Cook County and the collar counties accounted for 30.7 percent and 33.2 percent, respectively. However, the 1990s saw a reversal of the City of Chicago's 40-year decline in population, as its population increased by 18,353, or 0.6 percent. The Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission expects the trend to continue, with Chicago's population rising to 3,007,025 in 2020.  
 
Chicago is a museum of modern architecture. The steel-frame skyscraper was born here in the late 19th century. The city's architectural heritage includes designs by Daniel H. Burnham, Louis Sullivan, William Le Baron Jenney, Frank Lloyd Wright and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Foundation is at 951 Chicago Avenue, Oak Park, just outside of Chicago. Other architectural attractions include McCormick Place Convention Center, The Sears Tower, The Loop, Magnificent Mile, Streetville, Art Institute of Chicago, Grant Park, Chicago Harbor. Chicago is also home to many upscale hotels which are located on the north side of downtown, including The Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons, and Hilton.  
 
Chicago, located on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan, is the county seat of Cook County. For many years, it was the second largest American city in population, but in 1982 it dropped to third, overtaken by Los Angeles. Chicago population: 2,890,120; Greater Chicago population: 7,900,500; Nine County Metropolitan Area: 9,939,351  
 
O'Hare International Airport is the busiest airport in the world, 30 minutes northwest from downtown, and Chicago also offers another major ariport, Midway, just 20 minutes south from downtown.
 

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