Sodegaura, Chiba

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Sodegaura
袖ヶ浦市
City
Flag of Sodegaura
Flag
Official seal of Sodegaura
Seal
Location of Sodegaura in Chiba Prefecture
Location of Sodegaura in Chiba Prefecture
Sodegaura is located in Japan
Sodegaura
Sodegaura
 
Coordinates: 35°26′N 139°57′E / 35.433°N 139.950°E / 35.433; 139.950Coordinates: 35°26′N 139°57′E / 35.433°N 139.950°E / 35.433; 139.950
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Chiba Prefecture
Government
 • - Mayor Kiyoshi Deguchi (since November 2007)
Area
 • Total 94.92 km2 (36.65 sq mi)
Population (April 2012)
 • Total 60,391
 • Density 636/km2 (1,650/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Castanopsis
- Flower Lilium auratum
- Bird Japanese Bush-warbler
Phone number 0438-62-2111
Address 1-1 Sakato Ichiba, Sodegaura-shi, Chiba-ken 299-0292
Website www.city.sodegaura.chiba.jp
Sodegaura City Office

Sodegaura (袖ヶ浦市 Sodegaura-shi?) is a city located in the west-center Bōsō Peninsula of Chiba Prefecture, Japan, bordered by Tokyo Bay to the west.

As of April 2012, the city has an estimated population of 60,391 and a population density of 636 persons per km². The total area is 94.92 km².

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

Sodegaura is mentioned in the Nara period chronicle Kojiki in connection with the Yamatotakeru mythology, and at that time applied to the entire western coastline of the Boso Peninsula. Modern Sodegaura was part of Kimitsu District from the Meiji period. Sodegaura Town was formed on March 31, 1955 from the merger of the town of Shōwa with the neighboring village of Nagaura and a portion of the village of Negata. It expanded through merger with the town of Hirakawa on November 3, 1971. On April 1, 1991 it was elevated to city status.

Economy[edit]

Sodegaura is an important part of the Keiyō Industrial Zone. The industrial Port of Chiba ranges from Funabashi in the north to Sodegaura in the south. Heavy industry, especially oil refineries and chemical processing, is located on reclaimed land in the city.[1]

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Sister city relations[edit]

  • Brazil Itajaí, Brazil, from January 31, 1979

Notable people from Sodegaura[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sodegaura". Encyclopedia of Japan. Tokyo: Netto Adobansusha. 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-25. 

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