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Location of Nanbu in Yamanashi Prefecture
|• Total||200.63 km2 (77.46 sq mi)|
|Population (July 1, 2012)|
|• Density||43.2/km2 (112/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Chamaecyparis obtusa|
|Address||28505-2 Fukushi Nambu-cho Minimikoma-gun, Yamanashi-ken 409-2102|
Nanbu (南部町 Nanbu-chō?) is a town in Minamikoma District, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. As of July 2012, the town had an estimated population of 8,669 and a population density of 42.3 persons per km². The total area was 200.63 km².
Nanbu is the southernmost municipality in Yamanashi Prefecture. The Fuji River runs through the town. Some 90% of the town’s area is covered with forest, and less than 4% is used for agriculture. At an average elevation of 150 meters, Nanbu has the lowest elevation of any municipality in Yamanashi.
The area around present-day Nanbu is the ancestral home of the Nanbu clan, a prominent daimyō clan in northern Japan during the Edo period. During the Edo period, all of Kai Province was tenryō territory under direct control of the Tokugawa shogunate. During the cadastral reform of the early Meiji period in April 1, 1889, the village of Nanbu was created within Minamikoma District, Yamanashi Prefecture. The village was raised to town status in 1955. Nanbu merged with the neighboring town of Tomizawa on March 1 2003, forming the new town of Nanbu.
The town has no senior high schools, so therefore most students go to high schools in neighbouring Minobu-shi and also Fujinomiya-shi in Shizuoka Prefecture. The town has 4 elementary schools; Mutsuai ES, Sakae ES, Tomikawa ES and Manzawa ES. There is one junior high school Nanbu JHS. Two junior high schools, Tomikawa JHS and Manzawa JHS, closed in 2012.
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