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Amagasaki, Hyōgo

Amagasaki
尼崎
Core city
尼崎市 · Amagasaki

Amagasaki Cultural Zone

Flag
Hyōgo Prefecture
Amagasaki
Amagasaki
Location in Japan

Coordinates: 34°44′N 135°24′E / 34.733°N 135.400°E / 34.733; 135.400Coordinates: 34°44′N 135°24′E / 34.733°N 135.400°E / 34.733; 135.400

Country Japan
Region Kansai
Prefecture Hyōgo Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Kazumi Inamura (Greens Japan)
Area
 • Total 49.77 km2 (19.22 sq mi)
Population (2012)
 • Total 450,244
 • Density 9,010/km2 (23,300/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Dogwood
- Flower Oleander
Address 1-23-1 Higashinanamatsu-chō, Amagasaki-shi, Hyōgo-ken
660-8501
Phone number 06-6489-6880
Website City of Amagasaki

Amagasaki (尼崎市 Amagasaki-shi?) is an industrial city located in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. The city was founded on April 1, 1916. Its population is around 460,000, below its peak of over 554,000 in 1971.

As of 2012, the city has an estimated population of 450,244 and a population density of 9,010 persons per km². The total area is 49.77 km².

History

During the Edo period, the Amagasaki Domain had its administrative headquarters at Amagasaki Castle here.

Notable residents

Amagasaki is the hometown of comedy duo Downtown stars Masatoshi Hamada and Hitoshi Matsumoto. It is also the hometown of Formula 1 driver Kamui Kobayashi, Chiyu, the bassist of SuG, author Koushun Takami and Heath, bassist of X Japan. Toshiaki Nishioka, a former world champion boxer, is also from this area.

Transportation

Railways

A commuter train derailed on the Fukuchiyama Line near Amagazaki on April 25, 2005, resulting in more than 100 dead and 550 injured. See Amagasaki rail crash for details.


Roads

Politics of Amagasaki

On the 22 of November, 2010 the first popularly elected Greens Japan Mayor as well as the first popularly elected female mayor of the city with 54% of the vote.

Economy

Amagasaki is a major part of the Hanshin Industrial Region. Local businesses include manufacturers such as Osaka Titanium Technologies. The value of manufactured goods shipments in Amagasaki was 1,288 billion yen in 2004.[1]

See also Hanshin Industrial Region.

Sister cities

  • Germany Augsburg, Germany - since April 7, 1959
  • China Anshan, China - since February 2, 1983 (friendship city)

References

External links

  • Amagasaki City official website (Japanese)
  • Rediscover Amagasaki (English)
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