Sanbu, Chiba

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Former municipality
Location of Sanbu in Chiba Prefecture
Location of Sanbu in Chiba Prefecture
Sanbu is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°38′27″N 140°22′12″E / 35.64083°N 140.37000°E / 35.64083; 140.37000Coordinates: 35°38′27″N 140°22′12″E / 35.64083°N 140.37000°E / 35.64083; 140.37000
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Chiba Prefecture
District Sanbu
Merged March 27, 2006
(now part of Sanmu)
 • Total 52.05 km2 (20.10 sq mi)
Population (February 1, 2006)
 • Total 19,779
 • Density 380/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
 • Tree Cryptomeria
 • Flower Lilium auratum
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)

Sambu (山武町, Sanbu-machi) was a town located in Sanbu District, Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

Sanbu Town was formed on March 1, 1955 through the merger of the villages of Mutsuoka and Hyūga.

On March 27, 2006, Sanbu, along with the towns of Matsuo and Narutō, and the village of Hasunuma (all from Sanbu District), was merged to create the city of Sanmu, and thus no longer exists as an independent municipality.

The city name of Sanmu is written with the same kanji as Sambu, but is pronounced differently.

As of February 1, 2006, (the last census data prior to the merger) the town had an estimated population of 19,779 and a population density of 380 persons per km². The total area was 52.05 km².

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