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Shiroi

Shiroi
白井市
City
Shiroi City Hall
Shiroi City Hall
Flag of Shiroi
Flag
Official seal of Shiroi
Seal
Location of Shiroi in Chiba Prefecture
Location of Shiroi in Chiba Prefecture
Shiroi is located in Japan
Shiroi
 
Coordinates:
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Chiba
Government
 • Mayor Fumio Izawa
Area
 • Total 35.41 km2 (13.67 sq mi)
Population (April 2012)
 • Total 60,880
 • Density 1,720/km2 (4,500/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Castanopsis
- Flower Satsuki azalea
- Bird Meadow bunting
Phone number 047-492-1111
Address 1123 Fuku, Shiroi-shi, Chiba-ken
270-1492
Website City of Shiroi

Shiroi (白井市 Shiroi-shi) is a city located in northern Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

As of April 2012, the city has an estimated population of 60,880 and a population density of 1720 persons per km². The total area was 35.41 km².

Contents

  • Geography 1
  • Neighboring municipalities 2
  • History 3
  • Schools 4
  • Economy 5
  • Transportation 6
    • Railway 6.1
    • Highway 6.2
  • Sister cities 7
  • Noted people from Shiroi 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

Geography

Shiroi is located in northwestern Chiba Prefecture, roughly equidistant from central Tokyo and Narita International Airport.

Neighboring municipalities

History

Shiroi Village was created within Inba District, Chiba Prefecture on April 1, 1885. From shortly after World War II until the early 1960s Shiroi was the site of a United States Air Force Base (SHIROI AFB APO 73). Shiroi was elevated to town status on September 1, 1964. As the Japanese economy grew in the 1970s, many people moved from the country to the cities, and the growth of Tokyo sent many residents out to suburbs in the Kantō countryside. Shiroi's real growth began during this period: its rail connection to Chiba City was completed in 1979, and it was linked directly to the Tokyo railway network in 1991. Shiroi was elevated to city status on April 1, 2001

Schools

There are nine elementary schools (Grade 1-6) in Shiroi: Shiroidaini Elementary School, Shiroidaiichi Elementary School, Nanatsugidai Elementary School, Ikenokami Elementary School, Shimizuguchi Elementary School, Minamiyama Elementary School, Shiroidaisan Elementary School, Oyamaguchi Elementary School, and Sakuradai Elementary School. There are also five middle schools (Grade 7-9): Shiroi Middle School, Oyamaguchi Middle School, Minamiyama Middle School, Nanatsugidai Middle School, and Sakuradai Middle School.

Economy

Shiroi is a regional commercial center and a bedroom community for nearby Chiba and Tokyo. During the Meiji era, Shiroi became a fruit-growing area. Local farmers planted kiwi fruit and grapes, but the most famous of Shiroi's fruits turned out to be nashi pears. In the springtime, the pear trees still bloom alongside the sakura.

Transportation

Railway

Highway

Sister cities

Noted people from Shiroi

References

  1. ^ "International Friendships". Shire of Campaspe. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 

External links

  • Shiroi City official website (Japanese)
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