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Location of Kurobe in Toyama Prefecture
|• Mayor||Yasuo Horiuchi|
|• Total||427.96 km2 (165.24 sq mi)|
|Population (January 31, 2012)|
|• Density||99.57/km2 (257.9/sq mi)|
|• Tree||Tsuga sieboldii, Juglans|
|• Flower||Cherry blossom, Camellia|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|City hall address||725 Mikkaichi, Kurobe-shi, Toyama-ken
Shigotani dormitory disaster
On December 27, 1938, a bubble avalanche of heavy snow hit a five-story dormitory building, which was owned by the Sato Kogyo construction company. The company was responsible for the construction of Shigotani dam and hydroelectricity plant from 1936 to 1940. The construction site was geologically unstable, as it was over a hot rock mining zone. According to the Toyama Prefectureal official report, 84 people died due to the 1938 avalanche; a total number of 300 people lost their lives during five years' construction.
It is the world headquarters of the YKK.
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