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Kimitsu city and Nippon Steel Kimitsu Works
Location of Kimitsu in Chiba Prefecture
|• - Mayor||Hirokuni Suzuki (since October 2006)|
|• Total||318.83 km2 (123.10 sq mi)|
|Population (April 2012)|
|• Density||277/km2 (720/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Kyaraboku (Taxus cuspidata Sieb. et Zucc. var.nana Hort. ex Rehder)|
|- Flower||Mitsubatsutsuji (Rhododendron dilatatum)|
|Address||2-13-1 Kubo, Kimitsu-shi, Chiba-ken 299-1192|
Kimitsu (君津市 Kimitsu-shi?) is a city in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. As of September 2010[update], the city has an estimated population of 88,409 and a population density of 277 persons per km². The total area is 318.83 km2 (123.10 sq mi).
Kimitsu is the second largest city in Chiba Prefecture and is located in the western part of central Bōsō Peninsula. It borders Tokyo Bay. Two small rivers cross Kimitsu, the Koito River and the Obitsu River.
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The area of present-day Kimitsu was largely part of the feudal domain of Kururi during the Edo period. It was divided between Moda District and Sue District in the early Meiji period cadastral reforms. Both districts became part of Kimitsu District from April 1, 1897. Kimitsu Town was founded within Kimitsu District on April 1, 1943, and expanded through annexation of two neighboring villages on April 1, 1944. Kimitsu was elevated to city status on September 1, 1971.
Despite its short coastline on Tokyo Bay, the economy of Kimitsu is centered around its coastal belt of heavy industries, primarily by the large-scale steelworks of Nippon Steel Kimitsu Works. Kimitsu Works was established in 1965, covers 11,720,000 square metres (126,200,000 sq ft), and employed 3,280 people as of 2007[update]. The Koito Fishing Port, technically located in both Kimitsu and Futtsu, is located just north of Cape Futtsu at the mouth of the Koito River. Entry in and out of the fishing port suffers from sediment deposited by the Koito. Kazusa Akademia Park, which spans both Kimitsu and Kisarazu, was established to carry out research in biotechnology and information technology.
- JR East – Uchibō Line
- JR East – Kururi Line
- Kururi Castle
- Seiwa Kenmin No Mori Prefectural Park
- Kameyama Dam (Kameyama Lake)
- Katakura Dam (Sasagawa Lake)
- Mishima Dam (Mishima Lake)
- Toyofusa Dam (Toyofusa Lake)
Twin towns and sister cities
Notable people from Kimitsu
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