Location of Nishiwaki in Hyōgo Prefecture
|• Mayor||Juichi Kishi (since November 2005)|
|• Total||132.47 km2 (51.15 sq mi)|
|Population (May 1, 2011)|
|• Density||330/km2 (860/sq mi)|
|• Tree||Cherry blossom|
|• Flower||Phlox subulata|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|City hall address||Gonose 605, Nishiwaki City, Hyōgo Prefecture (兵庫県西脇市郷瀬町605)
The city calls itself "The Navel of Japan (Nihon no Heso)." Located at the crossing of the 135° East meridian and the 35° North parallel, the city's Nihon no Heso Park marks the center of the nation. JR West operates Nihon Heso Station on the Kakogawa Line (in addition to other stations in Nishiwaki).
Nishiwaki has been the sister city of Renton, Washington, U.S.A since 1969. Since then there have been mutual exchanges between the cities, most notably the annual middle school exchange program which began in 1989. (The US delegation was in Japan October 3-13, 1989.) The initial delegation from the US included (future) actress Casey Strand.
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