Akishima, Tokyo

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Akishima
昭島市
City
Flag of Akishima
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Location of Akishima in Tokyo Metropolis
Location of Akishima in Tokyo Metropolis
Akishima is located in Japan
Akishima
Akishima
 
Coordinates: 35°42′N 139°21′E / 35.700°N 139.350°E / 35.700; 139.350Coordinates: 35°42′N 139°21′E / 35.700°N 139.350°E / 35.700; 139.350
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tokyo Metropolis
Government
 • Mayor Joichi Kitagawa (since October 2000)
Area
 • Total 17.33 km2 (6.69 sq mi)
Population (June 1, 2010)
 • Total 112,521
 • Density 6,490/km2 (16,800/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Osmanthus
- Flower Azalea
Phone number 042-544-5111
Address 1-17-1Tanaka-cho, Akishima-shi, Tokyo-to 196-8511
Website Akishima city official HP

Akishima (昭島市 Akishima-shi?) is a city located in the western end of Tokyo Metropolis, Japan.

As of 2010, the city has an estimated population of 112,521 and a population density of 6,490 persons per km². The total area was 17.33 km².

Geography[edit]

Akishima is in the foothills of the Okutama Mountains of western Tokyo, along the bank of the Tama River.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

The area of present day Akishima was part of ancient Musashi Province, and a center for silkworm production. The in post-Meiji Restoration cadastral reform of July 22, 1878, the area became part of Kitatama District in Kanagawa Prefecture. Haiji, Nakagami and Sotoyatsu villages were created on April 1, 1889 with the establishment of municipalities law. The entire district was transferred to the control of Tokyo Metropolis on April 1, 1893. The latter two villages merged on January 1, 1928 to form Shōwa Village.

Shōwa was elevated to town status on January 1, 1941 and through merger with the village of Haiji on May 1, 1954, became the city of Akishima. The name comes from the kun'yomi of the first kanji in the name of the former town of Shōwa, and the on'yomi of the second kanji in the name of the former village of Haijima

Economy[edit]

Akishima was developed as an industrial suburb of Tokyo, and still has large factories operated by Hoya Corporation, JEOL, Japan Aviation Electronics, Fostex, Shōwa Aircraft Industry Co., and others. The city is also a bedroom community for the Tokyo metropolitan area.

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Noted people from Akishima[edit]

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