Mihama-ku, Chiba

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Mihama
美浜
Ward of Chiba
美浜区• Mihama-ku
Makuhari New City
Makuhari New City
Location of Mihama in Chiba
Location of Mihama in Chiba
Mihama is located in Japan
Mihama
Mihama
 
Coordinates: 35°38′25″N 140°03′47″E / 35.64028°N 140.06306°E / 35.64028; 140.06306Coordinates: 35°38′25″N 140°03′47″E / 35.64028°N 140.06306°E / 35.64028; 140.06306
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Chiba
City Chiba
Area
 • Total 21.16 km2 (8.17 sq mi)
Population (April 2012)
 • Total 149,314
 • Density 7,060/km2 (18,300/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Address 5-15-1 Masago, Mihama-ku Chiba-shi, Chiba-ken
226-0013
Website Official website of Mihama-ku
Mihama Ward within Chiba
Mihama Ward Office (Dec 11, 2011)

Mihama Ward (美浜区 Mihama-ku?) is one of the six wards of the city of Chiba in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. As of April 2012, the ward had an estimated population of 149,314 and a population density of 7,060 persons per km². The total area was 21.16 km².

Geography[edit]

Mihawa Ward is located in northwestern Chiba Prefecture, and consists entirely of reclaimed land from Tokyo Bay. As such, the area is flat, and portions are below sea level.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

Being land formerly underwater, Mihama had no predecessor towns or villages before the reform of the old provincial system in 1872.

Reclamation of 19 kilometers of white sand beach and mudflats along the shore of Tokyo Bay began in 1912, with the construction of Japan’s first civilian aerodrome. The site is commemorated today by the Inage Civil Aviation Commemoration Center. Following World War II, the expanding Tokyo Metropolis created a demand for additional factory locations and public housing. The development of the Kaihin New Town from 1969-1995 was one such project. With the promotion of Chiba to a designated city with additional autonomy from Chiba prefecture and the central government on April 1, 1992, Mihama Ward was created as an administrative unit.

Economy[edit]

Æon headquarters

Mihama Ward is largely a regional commercial center and bedroom community for central Chiba and Tokyo. The newly developed waterfront area of Kaihin Makuhari is in Mihama-ku.

ÆON has its headquarters in Mihama-ku.[1]

ÆON, Seiko Instruments and several other companies are headquartered in the Makuhari[citation needed] business district of Mihama-ku. Japan's second largest convention center Makuhari Messe and Chiba Marine Stadium, the home ground of the Chiba Lotte Marines baseball team are located in Kaihin Makuhari.[citation needed]

Chiba Marine Stadium
Exhibition Hall in Makuhari Messe

Transportation[edit]

Railroads[edit]

Education[edit]

Universities and colleges

Private schools:

Noted people from Mihama Ward[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aeon 2011 Group Profile." Æon. Retrieved on September 15, 2011. "Head Office: 1-5-1 Nakase, Mihama-ku, Chiba-shi, Chiba 261-8515, Japan"
  2. ^ "Access map." (Archive) Makuhari Junior and Senior High School. Retrieved on 8 January 2014. "1-3 Wakaba, Mihama-ku, Chiba 261-0014, Japan"