|Ward of Chiba|
Makuhari New City
Location of Mihama in Chiba
|• Total||21.16 km2 (8.17 sq mi)|
|Population (April 2012)|
|• 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
|Website||Official website of Mihama-ku|
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.
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.
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, Seiko Instruments and several other companies are headquartered in the Makuhari 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.
Universities and colleges
Noted people from Mihama Ward
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