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Kakuda city hall
Location of Kakuda in Miyagi Prefecture
|• Mayor||Yasushi Ito|
|• Total||147.53 km2 (56.96 sq mi)|
|Population (September 2017)|
|• Density||202/km2 (520/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Live Oak|
|- Flower||Japanese Gentian|
|Address||Kakuda Azadaibō 41, Kakuda-shi, Miyagi-ken 981-1592|
Kakuda (角田市 Kakuda-shi) is a city located in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. As of 30 September 2017[update], the city had an estimated population of 29,764, and a population density of 202 persons per km² in 11,357 households. The total area of the city is 147.58 square kilometres (56.98 sq mi).
Per Japanese census data, the population of Kakuda has remained constant over the past 40 years.
Kakuda has a humid climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) characterized by mild summers and cold winters. The average annual temperature in Kakuda is 12.6 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1259 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 24.9 °C, and lowest in January, at around 1.6 °C.
The area of present-day Kakuda was part of ancient Mutsu Province, and was the location of Kakuda Castle during the Sengoku period. It was part of the holdings of Sendai Domain during the Edo period under the Tokugawa shogunate.
The town of Kakuda was established with the creation of the post-Meiji restoration modern municipalities system on April 1, 1889. It annexed the neighboring villages of Kitago, Sakura, Nishine, Higashine, Fujio, and Edano on October 1, 1954. Kakuda was raised to city status on October 1, 1958.
Kakuda has a mixed economy based on light manufacturing of automotive parts and electrics, and on agriculture, primarily the cultivation of soybeans and plums. The area was traditionally noted for its sericulture.
Kakuda has eight public elementary schools and three public middle schools operated by the city government and one public high school operated by the Miyagi Prefectural Board of Education. The prefecture also operates one special education school.
Sister city relations
- USA - Greenfield, Indiana, United States from September 12, 1990
- - Ishikawa, Fukushima, Japan, since April 16, 1979
- - Kuriyama, Hokkaido, Japan, since August 26, 1978
Noted people from Kakuda
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- Shinichi Ito – motorcycle racer