Ashibetsu, Hokkaido

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Ashibetsu
芦別市
City
Flag of Ashibetsu
Flag
Official seal of Ashibetsu
Symbol
Location of Ashibetsu in Hokkaido (Sorachi Subprefecture)
Location of Ashibetsu in Hokkaido (Sorachi Subprefecture)
Ashibetsu is located in Japan
Ashibetsu
Ashibetsu
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 43°31′N 142°11′E / 43.517°N 142.183°E / 43.517; 142.183Coordinates: 43°31′N 142°11′E / 43.517°N 142.183°E / 43.517; 142.183
Country Japan
Region Hokkaido
Prefecture Hokkaido (Sorachi Subprefecture)
Government
 • Mayor Hiromu konno
Area
 • Total 865.02 km2 (333.99 sq mi)
Population (September 30, 2016)
 • Total 14,260
 • Density 16/km2 (43/sq mi)
Symbols
 • Tree Mizunara (Quercus crispula)
 • Flower Lily
 • Bird Great tit
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address 1-3 Kita-ichijō Higashi, Ashibetsu-shi, Hokkaidō
075-8711
Website www.city.ashibetsu.hokkaido.jp
Five-storied pagoda in Ashibetu

Ashibetsu (芦別市, Ashibetsu-shi) is a city located in Sorachi Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan.

As of September 2016, the city has an estimated population of 14,260, and a density of 16 persons per km2. The total area is 865.02 km2.

History[edit]

The city was once a prosperous coal mining city, its population exceeding 70,000 at its peak, but its population has fallen since the closing of the coal mines.[1]

  • 1893 - Satō Denjirō (originally from Yamagata Prefecture) founds Ashibetsu.
  • 1897 - Nae Village (now Sunagawa City) and part of Takikawa Village (now City) split off to form Utashinai Village.
  • 1900 - Ashibetsu Village split off of Utashinai Village.
  • 1906 - Ashibetsu becomes a Second Class Municipality.
  • 1917 - Kuhara Mining Industry Yuya Ashibetu Coal Mine opened.
  • 1923 - First Class Municipality.
  • 1924 - Mitsubishi Mining Industry Ashibetsu Coal Mine opened.
  • 1935 - Meiji Mining Industry Meiji-Kamiashibetsu Coal Mine opened.
  • 1938 - Ashibetsu-Takane Colliery Takane Mining Station opened.
  • 1941 - Ashibetsu Village becomes Ashibetsu Town.
  • 1943 - Mitsui-Ashibetsu Mining Industry Mitsui-Ashibetsu Coal Mine opened.
  • 1953 - Ashibetsu Town becomes Ashibetsu City.
  • 1963 - Meiji Mining Industry Meiji-Kamiashibetsu Coal Mine closed.
  • 1964 - Mitsubishi Mining Industry Ashibetsu Coal Mine closed.
  • 1967 - Ashibetsu-Takane Colliery Takane Mining Station closed.
  • 1969 - Yuya Mining Industry Yuya Ashibetu Coal Mine closed.
  • 1992 - Mitsui-Ashibetsu Mining Industry Mitsui-Ashibetsu Coal Mine closed.
  • 1991 - Canadian World park opened.
  • 1997 - Canadian World business failure (to transform munincipal park in 1999).

Geography[edit]

Ashibetsu is located in the northern part of Yūbari Mountains. Mount Ashibetsu is located on south of the city.

Name[edit]

There are two theories about the origin of "Ashibetsu". In both theories the river means Ashibetsu River, which flows through in the city.[1]

  • "as pet", the river which flows in a shrub
  • "hasi pet", the standing river

Education[edit]

University[edit]

College[edit]

  • Kitanippon Automobile Technical College

High School[edit]

Public[edit]

  • Hokkaido Ashibetsu High School

Private[edit]

  • Seisa Kokusai High School

Transportation[edit]

Sister city[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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