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Kyoto tops Japan cities in overall appeal

Strength in R&D adds to old capital's rich cultural assets, new ranking shows

Kyoto is home to many cultural sites, like the Ninna-ji temple pictured here. (Photo courtesy of Ninna-ji temple)

TOKYO -- Kyoto leads a new ranking of the most attractive Japanese cities for people and businesses beyond Tokyo, thanks to a wealth of cultural assets and universities in the old capital.

The Japan Power Cities ranking -- compiled by a research institute affiliated with real estate developer Mori Building -- covers 72 cities excluding Tokyo. Based on 83 quantitative indicators and a survey of residents, the cities are evaluated according to six criteria: economy and business, research and development, culture, livability, environment, and transport and accessibility.

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