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Higashikurume City Hall
Location of Higashikurume in Tokyo Metropolis
|• Mayor||Kazuhiko Baba|
|• Total||12.88 km2 (4.97 sq mi)|
|Population (February 2016)|
|• Density||9,070/km2 (23,500/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|• Bird||Azure-winged magpie|
|Address||3-3-1 Hon-cho, Higashikurume-shi, Tokyo 203-8555|
Higashikurume (東久留米市 Higashi-Kurume-shi) is a city located in the western portion of Tokyo Metropolis, in the central Kantō region of Japan. As of 1 February 2016[update], the city had an estimated population of 116,896 and a population density of 9070 persons per km². Its total area was 12.88 square kilometres (4.97 sq mi).
Higashikurume is in the north-center of Tokyo Metropolis, on the Musashino Terrace, approximately 25 kilometers from downtown Tokyo.
The area of present-day Higashikurume was part of ancient Musashi Province. In the post-Meiji Restoration cadastral reform of April 1, 1889, Kurume Village were established within Kitatama District of Kanagawa Prefecture. The entire district was transferred to the control of Tokyo Prefecture on April 1, 1893. The area began development after connection to central Tokyo was established by the Musashino Railway from 1915. In 1956, the village of Kurume attained town status. In the 1960s and 1970s, the population rapidly expanded with the construction of large public housing estates. The city was founded on October 1, 1970.
Higashikurume is primary a regional commercial center, and a bedroom community for central Tokyo. Factories of the Daiwa Seiko Corporation, Coca-Cola, Yamazaki Baking Company Limited are also located in the city.
Higashikurume has 13 public and one private elementary schools, seven public and two private middle school. The city also has two public and one private high school. Higashikurume is the site for Tokyo Gakugei University's International Student Dormitory, as well as the private Christian Academy in Japan.
Notable people from Higashikurume
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- Ken Akamatsu, manga artist
- Akihiro Gono, mixed martial arts fighter
- Taichi Kokubun, musician
- Hekiru Shiina, singer
- SoulJa (rapper), musician
- Papaya Suzuki, musician
- Hinano Yoshikawa, fashion model and actress
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- Higashikurume City official website (in Japanese)