Yamada Town Hall
Location of Yamada in Iwate Prefecture
|• Total||263.45 km2 (101.72 sq mi)|
|Population (February 2014)|
|• Density||60.9/km2 (158/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Flower||Rosa rugosa|
|- Bird||Black-tailed gull|
|Address||3-20 Hachiman-cho, Yamada-machi, Shimohei-gun, Iwate 028-1392|
Yamada (山田町 Yamada-machi?) is a town located in Shimohei District, Iwate, Japan. As of February 2014, the town had an estimated population of 16,055 and a population density of 60.09 persons per km2. The total area was 263.45 km2.
The area of present-day Yamada was part of ancient Mutsu Province, dominated by the Nambu clan during the Edo period, who ruled Morioka Domain under the Tokugawa shogunate. The town of Yamada was created within Higashihei District on April 1, 1889. Kitahei, Nakahei and Higashihei Districts were all merged into Minamihei District on March 29, 1896. On March 1, 1955, Yamada annexed the neighboring villages of Funakoshi, Orikada, Osawa and Toyomane to reach is present borders. After the March 2011 earthquake, it was reported that the town had been almost completely submerged by the ensuing tsunami.
The local economy was strongly based on commercial fishing.
- East Japan Railway Company (JR East) – Yamada Line (operations currently suspended)
Sister city relations
Noted people from Yamada
- Zenkō Suzuki – former Prime Minister
- Quake death toll feared to top 1800, thousands more unaccounted for, Japan Today article, 13 March 2011
- Fukada, Takahiro, "Iwate survivors wonder, worry about future", Japan Times, 15 September 2011, p. 3.
Media related to Yamada, Iwate at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (Japanese)