[Tagging] Help undoing an admin level 3 edit to Japan

johnw johnw at mac.com
Tue Aug 11 11:30:23 UTC 2015

A few months ago, someone enabled admin level 3 on regional boundaries in Japan. 

This is an error, but I don’t know how to deal with it. 

Admin level 3 boundaries are reserved for future for “states” of Japan. The regions currently have historical names, but just like “So-cal” or “New England” in the US, they are popular but administratively meaningless names, so they are not supposed to be used for any admin level. 

Japan has prefectures (provinces) - which are admin level 4, and are currently the highest order political boundaries in Japan. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prefectures_of_Japan <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prefectures_of_Japan>
("Japan's 47 prefectures form the country's first jurisdiction and administrative division levels.”)

Someone outside of Japan came along and changed it, even through it is against the information provided on the OSM wiki for Japan. 

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Japan_tagging#Boundary <http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Japan_tagging#Boundary>

Japan is currently debating the creation of states by combining the tiny prefectures (probably in the next 20 years, as the population shrinks outside Tokyo) - but nothing is decided yet.

http://www.clair.or.jp/j/forum/honyaku/hikaku/pdf/up-to-date_en3.pdf <http://www.clair.or.jp/j/forum/honyaku/hikaku/pdf/up-to-date_en3.pdf> (scroll to the end for maps)

Japan is the same size as California, and California has about the same number of counties as Japan has prefectures. They are really small. 

I am very uncomfortable changing admin settings for a whole country,and have never used the boundary tag, so I’m asking someone to go and remove the admin level 3 tags from the regions. It presents political boundaries that don’t exist. 

Would someone please remove these erroneous edits? 

-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/tagging/attachments/20150811/d8056c9e/attachment-0001.html>

More information about the Tagging mailing list