Kurobe, Toyama

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Kurobe
黒部市
City
Flag of Kurobe
Flag
Location of Kurobe in Toyama Prefecture
Location of Kurobe in Toyama Prefecture
Kurobe is located in Japan
Kurobe
Kurobe
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 36°52′N 137°27′E / 36.867°N 137.450°E / 36.867; 137.450Coordinates: 36°52′N 137°27′E / 36.867°N 137.450°E / 36.867; 137.450
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Hokuriku)
Prefecture Toyama Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Yasuo Horiuchi
Area
 • Total 427.96 km2 (165.24 sq mi)
Population (January 31, 2012)
 • Total 42,613
 • Density 99.57/km2 (257.9/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Tsuga sieboldii, Juglans
- Flower Cherry blossom, Camellia
Address 725 Mikkaichi, Kurobe-shi, Toyama-ken
938-8555
Phone number 0765-54-2111
Website kurobe.city.kurobe.toyama.jp

Kurobe (黒部市 Kurobe-shi?) is a city located in Toyama Prefecture, Japan. The city was founded on April 1, 1954.

As of January 31, 2012, the city has an estimated population of 42,613, with 14,789 households and a population density of 99.57 persons per km². The total area is 427.96 km².

On March 31, 2006 the town of Unazuki (from Shimoniikawa District) was merged into Kurobe.

Shigotani dormitory disaster[edit]

On December 27, 1938, a bubble avalanche of heavy snow hit a five-story dormitory building, which was owned by the Sato Kogyo construction company. The company was responsible for the construction of Shigotani dam and hydroelectricity plant from 1936 to 1940. The construction site was geologically unstable, as it was over a hot rock mining zone. According to the Toyama Prefectureal official report, 84 people died due to the 1938 avalanche; a total number of 300 people lost their lives during five years' construction.[citation needed]

Economy[edit]

It is the world headquarters of the YKK Group.

Twin cities[edit]

See also[edit]

Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster

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