Jōsō

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Jōsō

常総市
Jōsō city hall
Jōsō city hall
Flag of Jōsō
Flag
Official seal of Jōsō
Seal
Location of Jōsō in Ibaraki Prefecture
Location of Jōsō in Ibaraki Prefecture
Jōsō is located in Japan
Jōsō
Jōsō
 
Coordinates: 36°1′24.8″N 139°59′37.8″E / 36.023556°N 139.993833°E / 36.023556; 139.993833Coordinates: 36°1′24.8″N 139°59′37.8″E / 36.023556°N 139.993833°E / 36.023556; 139.993833
CountryJapan
RegionKantō
PrefectureIbaraki Prefecture
Area
 • Total123.64 km2 (47.74 sq mi)
Population
(September 2015)
 • Total62,686
 • Density507/km2 (1,310/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreeOak
- FlowerSakura
- BirdJapanese bush warbler
Phone number0297-23-2111
Address3222-3 Mitsukaido Suwa-cho, Jōsō-shi, Ibaraki-ken 303-8501
Websitehttp://www.city.joso.lg.jp/
Jōsō city regional exchange center

Jōsō (常総市, Jōsō-shi) is a city located in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. As of September 2015, the city had an estimated population of 62,686, and a population density of 507 persons per km². Its total area is 123.64 square kilometres (47.74 sq mi). The city has a large expatriate population from Brazil, and many of the city signs are in both Japanese and Portuguese.

Geography[edit]

Jōsō is located in southwestern Ibaraki Prefecture, approximately 50 kilometers north of central Tokyo. Most of the city is flat, with an average elevation of 10-20 meters above sea level. The Kinugawa River flows through the city.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

The town of Mitsukaidō was established within Toyoda District with the creation of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889. The area was transferred to Yūki District in 1894. On July 10, 1954 Mitsukaidō merged with the villages of Sugawara, Ohanawa, Mitsuma, Goka, Ono and Sakate, and was elevated to city status. It further annexed the villages of Sugao and Uchimoriya on April 1, 1956.

On January 1, 2006, Mitsukaidō absorbed the neighboring town of Ishige, Yūki District, Ibaraki and officially changed their name to Jōsō.

Economy[edit]

Education[edit]

Jōsō has 14 elementary schools, five middle schools, and three high schools. In additional there are two Brazilian schools: Escola e Creche Grupo Opção and Escola Taiyo [1] One more Brazilian primary school (UBEK – Unidade Brasileira de Ensino Kanto) is now closed[2]

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Local attractions[edit]


Notable people from Jōsō[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Escolas Brasileiras Homologadas no Japão" (Archive). Embassy of Brazil in Tokyo. Retrieved on October 13, 2015.
  2. ^ "Escolas Brasileiras Homologadas no Japão" (). Embassy of Brazil in Tokyo. February 7, 2008. Retrieved on October 13, 2015.

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