Memanbetsu, Hokkaido

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Memanbetsu (女満別町 Memanbetsu-chō?) was a town located in Abashiri District, Abashiri Subprefecture (now Okhotsk Subprefecture), Hokkaido, Japan.

As of 2004, the town had an estimated population of 5,925 and a population density of 37.26 persons per km². The total area was 159.02 km².

On March 31, 2006, Memanbetsu was merged with the village of Higashimokoto (also from Abashiri District) to create the new town of Ōzora.

Transportation[edit]

In the area of the former town, Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido) operates two stations along the Sekihoku Line:

Both are named after the former town.

Memanbetsu Airport is named after the former town.

History[edit]

  • 1890 – Establishment of timber harvesting for the purpose of supplying the match manufacturing industry
  • 1898 – Agriculture begins, bringing the first extensive settlement of the area
  • 1912 – With the opening of Memambetsu station on the new railway line between Kitami and Abashiri large numbers of settlers begin arriving and a small village begins to develop
  • April 1921 – Memanbetsu is administratively separated from Abashiri City and accorded official village status
  • April 1951 – Memanbetsu is accorded official town status
  • 31 March 2006 – Memanbetsu Town is merged with Higashimokoto Village (also in Abashiri District) to form the new town of Ōzora

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Coordinates: 43°54′58″N 144°10′17″E / 43.9160°N 144.1715°E / 43.9160; 144.1715