Location of Akabira in Hokkaido (Sorachi Subprefecture)
|Prefecture||Hokkaido (Sorachi Subprefecture)|
|• Mayor||Yoshitaka Kikushima|
|• Total||129.88 km2 (50.15 sq mi)|
|Population (June 30, 2008)|
|• Density||105/km2 (270/sq mi)|
|• Bird||Varied tit|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|City hall address||4-1 Izumimachi, Akabira-shi, Hokkaidō
As of 2008, the city has an estimated population of 13,597 and the density of 105 persons per km2. The total area is 129.88 km2. The city was once a prosperous coal-mining city, its population reaching 59,430 in 1960. The population has been gradually declining.
- 1891 - Settlement begins.
- 1918 - Moshiri Coal Mine opens.
- 1922 - Second-class municipality Akabira Village split off of first-class municipality Utashinai.
- 1929 - Akabira becomes a First-Class municipality.
- 1937 - Shōwa Denkō Toyosato Mine opened.
- 1938 - Sumitomo Coal Mine, Hokkaido Coal Mine Railroad and Akama Coal Mine opened.
- 1943 - Akabira Village becomes Akabira Town.
- July 1, 1954 - Akabira Town becomes Akabira City.
- 1967 - Shōwa Denkō Toyosato Mine closesd.
- 1969 - Moshiri Coal Mine closed.
- 1973 - Akama Coal Mine closed.
- 1994 - Sumitomo Coal Mine closed.
- 2003 - Mid-Sorachi Merger Committee established.
- 2007 - A major elementary school in Akabira closed down. It once had about 5000 students but has dropped rapidly after the closure of the coal mines.
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