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Location of Kashiwazaki in Niigata Prefecture
|Region||Chūbu (Kōshin'etsu) (Hokuriku)|
|• Mayor||Hiroshi Aida|
|• Total||442.70 km2 (170.93 sq mi)|
|Population (May 2008)|
|• Density||210/km2 (500/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Flower||Goldband lily|
|Address||5-50, Chūōchō, Kashiwazaki-shi, Niigata-ken
Kashiwazaki is host to many cultural events every year, including the Kaze no Jin festival in May, En Ma Ichi in June, DonGALA in July, and Gion, also in July.
The city was founded on 1 July 1940. (It was the fifth city ever created within Niigata Prefecture).
Economy and Industries
Bourbon, which is one of the most famous confectionery companies in Japan, is headquartered in Kashiwazaki.
On July 16, 2007, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit off the coast of Kashiwazaki, killing 11, and injuring more than 700, causing massive power outages, a tsunami warning, and other disasters. The quake forced the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant to shut down for 10 months as of May 2008. See also: Effects of the Chūetsu offshore earthquake on the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant
- November 1, 1968 - Kashiwaza absorbed the village of Kurohime (from Kariwa District).
- May 1, 1971 - Kashiwaza absorbed the town of Hōjō (from Kariwa District).
- April 1, 1989 - Kashiwaza absorbed part of the town of Kakizaki (from Nakakubiki District).
- May 1, 2005 - Kashiwaza absorbed the towns of Nishiyama and Takayanagi (both from Kariwa District).
Famous persons from Kashiwazaki
- Akiko Yajima, voice actress
- Chinami Nishimura
- Daisuke Sakaguchi, voice actor
- Hiroki Yagami, manga artist
- Ikue Ohtani
- Ikuo Hirayama, former governor of Niigata Prefecture
- Makiko Tanaka, politician
- Kakuei Tanaka, politician and the 64th and 65th Prime Minister of Japan
- Makoto Ogawa, singer (former member of Morning Musume)
- Mihiro, porn actress
- Motoei Shinzawa, manga artist
- Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, first president of Sōka Gakkai
Notes and references
- Alex K. Tang, PE and Anshel J. Schiff, ed. (2007). Kashiwazaki, Japan Earthquake of July 16, 2007. Reston, VA: ASCE, Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering. ISBN 9780784410622.
- Japanese Stocks Hit By Aftershocks Of Quake - Forbes.com
- NEI Nuclear Notes: More on the Japan Quake and the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Plant
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