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Core city
Amagasaki Cultural Zone
Amagasaki Cultural Zone
Flag of Amagasaki
Location of Amagasaki in Hyōgo Prefecture
Location of Amagasaki in Hyōgo Prefecture
Amagasaki is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 34°44′N 135°24′E / 34.733°N 135.400°E / 34.733; 135.400Coordinates: 34°44′N 135°24′E / 34.733°N 135.400°E / 34.733; 135.400
Country Japan
Region Kansai
Prefecture Hyōgo Prefecture
 • Mayor Kazumi Inamura (Greens Japan)
 • Total 49.77 km2 (19.22 sq mi)
Population (2012)
 • Total 450,244
 • Density 9,010/km2 (23,300/sq mi)
 • Tree Dogwood
 • Flower Oleander
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City Hall Address 1-23-1 Higashinanamatsu-chō, Amagasaki-shi, Hyōgo-ken

Amagasaki (尼崎市 Amagasaki-shi?) is an industrial city located in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. The city was founded on April 1, 1916. Its population is around 460,000, below its peak of over 554,000 in 1971.[citation needed]

As of 2012, the city has an estimated population of 450,244 and a population density of 9,010 persons per km². The total area is 49.77 km².


During the Edo period, the Amagasaki Domain had its administrative headquarters at Amagasaki Castle here.

Notable residents[edit]

Amagasaki is the hometown of comedy duo Downtown stars Masatoshi Hamada and Hitoshi Matsumoto. It is also the hometown of Formula 1 driver Kamui Kobayashi, Chiyu, the bassist of SuG, author Koushun Takami and Heath, bassist of X Japan. Toshiaki Nishioka, a former world champion boxer, is also from this area.



A commuter train derailed on the Fukuchiyama Line near Amagazaki on April 25, 2005, resulting in more than 100 dead and 550 injured. See Amagasaki rail crash for details.

JR Amagasaki Station


Politics of Amagasaki[edit]

On the 22 of November, 2010 Kazumi Inamura became the first popularly elected Greens Japan Mayor as well as the first popularly elected female mayor of the city with 54% of the vote.


Amagasaki is a major part of the Hanshin Industrial Region. Businesses headquartered in the city include manufacturers such as Osaka Titanium Technologies.[1] The value of manufactured goods shipments in Amagasaki was 1,288 billion yen in 2004.[2]

See also Hanshin Industrial Region.


The city has a North Korean school, Amagasaki Korean Elementary and Middle School (尼崎朝鮮初中級学校).[3] It previously had a second school, Amagasaki East Korean Elementary School (尼崎東朝鮮初級学校).[4]

Sister cities[edit]

  • Germany Augsburg, Germany - since April 7, 1959
  • China Anshan, China - since February 2, 1983 (friendship city)
  • Japan Kami, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan (Formerly Mikata) - since 1974 (friendship city)


  1. ^ "Company Outline." Osaka Titanium Technologies. Retrieved on March 28, 2014.
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  3. ^ "ウリハッキョ一覧" (Archive). Chongryon. Retrieved on October 14, 2015.
  4. ^ "ウリハッキョ一覧" (Archive). Chongryon. November 6, 2005. Retrieved on October 15, 2015.

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