Location of Kanbara in Shizuoka Prefecture
|Merged||March 31, 2006
(now part of Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka)
|• Total||14.69 km2 (5.67 sq mi)|
|Population (March 1, 2006)|
|• Density||870/km2 (2,300/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
During the Edo period, Kanbara developed as Kanbara-juku, a post station on the Tōkaidō highway connecting Edo with Kyoto. From the Meiji period onward, Kanbara became an industrial town in Shizuoka Prefecture, with aluminum smelters from Nippon Light Metals Company predominating until been closed in 2014. It was the last remaining aluminum smelter in Japan, having survived on cheap hydro-electric power after all other smelters in Japan were closed in 1975-1987 period.
- Official announcement of smelter closure in March 2014, at nikkei.com (in Japanese)
- Merton J. Peck, "The World Aluminum Industry in a Changing Energy Era"
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