Mitaka, Tokyo

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Mitaka

三鷹市
Mitaka City Hall
Mitaka City Hall
Flag of Mitaka
Flag
Official seal of Mitaka
Seal
Location of Mitaka in Tokyo
Location of Mitaka in Tokyo
Mitaka is located in Japan
Mitaka
Mitaka
 
Coordinates: 35°41′0.8″N 139°33′34.3″E / 35.683556°N 139.559528°E / 35.683556; 139.559528Coordinates: 35°41′0.8″N 139°33′34.3″E / 35.683556°N 139.559528°E / 35.683556; 139.559528
CountryJapan
RegionKantō
PrefectureTokyo
Government
 • MayorKeiko Kiyohara (since April 2003)
Area
 • Total16.42 km2 (6.34 sq mi)
Population
 (February 2016)
 • Total189,168
 • Density11,520/km2 (29,800/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
Symbols 
• TreeGinkgo biloba
• FlowerMalus halliana
Phone number042-558-1111
Address1-1-1 Nozaki, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo 181-8555
Websitewww.city.mitaka.tokyo.jp

Mitaka (三鷹市, Mitaka-shi) is a city located in the western portion of Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. As of 1 February 2016, the city had an estimated population of 189,168, and a population density of 11,520 persons per km². Its total area is 16.42 square kilometres (6.34 sq mi).[1]

Geography[edit]

Mitaka is located on the Kantō Plain, just outside the 23 special wards of Tokyo Metropolis, which are on its eastern borders. The Tamagawa Josui Canal, which runs alongside Mitaka station, has an important place in history, built in 1653 to feed the local metropolis. It is also the place where novelist Osamu Dazai committed suicide in 1948. The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan is located in Mitaka.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

Demographics[edit]

In 1994 there were 2,585 foreign residents in Mitaka, including 726 from North and South Korea, 713 from China, 441 from the United States, 114 from the Philippines, and 108 from the United Kingdom. Of all municipalities in Japan, Mitaka had the highest proportion of Chinese returnees.[2]

History[edit]

The area of present-day Mitaka was part of ancient Musashi Province. In the post-Meiji Restoration cadastral reform of July 22, 1878, the area became part of Kitatama District in Kanagawa Prefecture. The village of Mitaka was created on April 1, 1889 with the establishment of municipalities law. Kitatama District was transferred to the administrative control of Tokyo Metropolis on April 1, 1893. Mitaka was raised to town status in 1940. Mitaka City was officially founded on November 3, 1950. A motion to merge with neighboring Musashino City failed in 1955 by only a single vote in the Mitaka city assembly.

Economy[edit]

Mitaka is primarily a bedroom community for Tokyo. A number of animation studios, including Pierrot[3] and Telecom Animation Film[4] have their corporate headquarters in Mitaka. A short-lived video game manufacturer TAD Corporation was founded and headquartered in the same location.[5][6][7] Subaru Tecnica International has its headquarters in Mitaka.[8]

Education[edit]

Colleges and universities[edit]

Primary and secondary schools[edit]

Private primary and secondary schools:

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

The Ghibli Museum in Mitaka

Notable people from Mitaka[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mitaka City home page
  2. ^ Maher, John C. (1995), "http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01434632.1995.9994596 The Kakyo: Chinese in Japan]", Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 16 (1–2): 125–138, doi:10.1080/01434632.1995.9994596 Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |journal= (help); External link in |title= (help) - (published online 14 September 2010) CITED: p. 135."
  3. ^ "Company Profile Archived 2010-02-12 at the Wayback Machine." Studio Pierrot. Retrieved on February 26, 2010.
  4. ^ "[1]."
  5. ^ Latest Status Info
  6. ^ Image Trademark Trademark Application of TAD CORPORATION - Serial Number 74117580 :: Justia Trademarks
  7. ^ 74117580 - Trademarks411, Trademark Search Made Simple
  8. ^ STI company profile. Retrieved on 2 October 2012.
  9. ^ "Housing Office | Housing Information | Mitaka International Hall of Residence".
  10. ^ "Contact Us." Little Angels International School. Retrieved on October 25, 2018. "Little Angels International School (Mitaka Campus) [...] 9-7-14,Shimorenjaku, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo 181-0013, Japan." - Japanese address: "リトル・エンジェルス・インターナショナル・スクール(三鷹校)[...] 〒181-0013 東京三鷹市下連雀9-7-14"

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