Location of Minami-ku in Nagoya
|• Total||18.46 km2 (7.13 sq mi)|
|Population (November 2011)|
|• Density||7,600/km2 (20,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Cinnamomum camphora |
|Address||3-10, Maehama-dori, Minami-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi-ken 457-8508|
Minami-ku (南区 minamiku?) is one of the 16 wards of the city of Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. As of 2011, the ward had an estimated population of 140,240 and a population density of 7,600 persons per km². The total area was 18.46 km².
Minami Ward is the southern portion of the city of Nagoya, in the coastal flatlands near the shore of Ise Bay. Due to land reclamation and the expansion of Minato Ward, Minami Ward no longer has a coastline.
All of what is now Minami Ward was part of the domains of the Owari Domain during the Edo period (except for two villages which belonged to Imao Domain of Mino Province). After the Meiji Restoration, the area was transferred to the new Nagoya Prefecture, which later became part of Aichi Prefecture. A “Minami Ward” was one of the original wards, with the division of the city of Nagoya into wards on April 1, 1908; however, none of present-day Minami Ward was within the geographical extent of the original Minami Ward. On August 22, 1922, Minami Ward annexed the neighboring town of Yobitsuki and the village Kasadera from Aichi District. On October 1, 1937 the city of Nagoya was re-divided into ten wards, with the original Minami Ward divided into the new Minami Ward, plus Atsuta Ward, Nakagawa Ward, Minato Ward, and part of Showa Ward. In 1959, the Isewan Typhoon caused severe damage to the area.
Minami Ward was traditionally known for its production of sea salt and seaweed. During the post-World War II period, the area developed into a center for heavy industry, including a large factory operated by Mitsubishi Motors. The Mitsubishi plant closed in the year 2000.
- Central Japan Railway Company - Tōkaidō Main Line
- Meitetsu - Nagoya Main Line
Noted people from Midori Ward, Nagoya
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- 南区の紹介 (in Japanese). Nagoya City. 5 February 2010.