Ashibetsu, Hokkaido

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Ashibetsu
芦別市
City
Dai Kannon Ashibetsu Japan.jpg
Flag of Ashibetsu
Flag
Location of Ashibetsu in Hokkaido (Sorachi Subprefecture)
Location of Ashibetsu in Hokkaido (Sorachi Subprefecture)
Ashibetsu is located in Japan
Ashibetsu
Ashibetsu
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 43°31′N 142°11′E / 43.517°N 142.183°E / 43.517; 142.183Coordinates: 43°31′N 142°11′E / 43.517°N 142.183°E / 43.517; 142.183
Country Japan
Region Hokkaido
Prefecture Hokkaido (Sorachi Subprefecture)
Government
 • Mayor Masashi Hayashi
Area
 • Total 865.02 km2 (333.99 sq mi)
Population (June 30, 2008)
 • Total 17,984
 • Density 20.8/km2 (54/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Mizunara (Quercus crispula)
- Flower Lily
- Bird Great Tit
Address 1-3 Kita-ichijō Higashi, Ashibetsu-shi, Hokkaidō
075-8711
Phone number 0124-22-2111
Website City of Ashibetsu
Five-storied pagoda in Ashibetu

Ashibetsu (芦別市 Ashibetsu-shi?, Ainu: Aspet) is a city located in Sorachi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan.

As of 2008, the city has an estimated population of 17,984 and a density of 20.8 persons per km². The total area is 865.02 km². The city was once a prosperous coal mining city, its population exceeding 70,000 at its peak, but its population has fallen since the closing of the coal mines. Seisa University has its headquarters in the city.

History[edit]

  • 1893 Satō Denjirō (originally from Yamagata Prefecture) founds Ashibetsu
  • 1897 Nae Village (now Sunagawa City) and part of Takikawa Village (now City) split off to form Utashinai Village
  • 1900 Ashibetsu Village split off of Utashinai Village.
  • 1906 Ashibetsu becomes a Second Class Municipality
  • 1917 Kuhara Mining Industry Yuya Ashibetu Coal Mine opened
  • 1923 First Class Municipality
  • 1924 Mitsubishi Mining Industry Ashibetsu Coal Mine opened
  • 1935 Meiji Mining Industry Meiji-Kamiashibetsu Coal Mine opened
  • 1938 Ashibetsu-Takane Colliery Takane Mining Station opened
  • 1941 Ashibetsu Village becomes Ashibetsu Town
  • 1943 Mitsui-Ashibetsu Mining Industry Mitsui-Ashibetsu Coal Mine opened
  • 1953 Ashibetsu Town becomes Ashibetsu City
  • 1963 Meiji Mining Industry Meiji-Kamiashibetsu Coal Mine closed
  • 1964 Mitsubishi Mining Industry Ashibetsu Coal Mine closed
  • 1967 Ashibetsu-Takane Colliery Takane Mining Station closed
  • 1969 Yuya Mining Industry Yuya Ashibetu Coal Mine closed
  • 1992 Mitsui-Ashibetsu Mining Industry Mitsui-Ashibetsu Coal Mine closed
  • 1991 Canadian World park opened
  • 1997 Canadian World business failure (to transform munincipal park in 1999)

External links[edit]

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