Location of Sayama in Saitama Prefecture
|• Total||49.04 km2 (18.93 sq mi)|
|Population (October 1, 2010)|
|• Density||3,210.71/km2 (8,315.7/sq mi)|
|• Tree||Camellia sinensis (Tea plant)|
|• Bird||Azure-winged Magpie|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|Website||City of Sayama|
The current Mayor is Yukinari Nakagawa (仲川幸成), who was elected in 2003.
The Iruma River flows through the city.
- 1970: 60,886
- 1975: 98,548
- 1980: 124,029
- 1985: 144,366
- 1990: 157,309
- 1995: 162,240
- 2000: 161,460
- 2005: 158,074
- 2010: 155,738
History and culture
The city was the location of the Sayama Incident, a 1963 murder and trial which resulted in the false accusation and conviction of an innocent man, a member of the Burakumin minority group, of murder.
Asteroid 4461 Sayama was named after the city.
Honda assembly plant
Sayama is the location of an assembly plant, which opened in 1964, for Honda/Acura vehicles, currently including the Fit, CR-V, and RLX, and in the past the Accord, Prelude, Vigor, Inspire, Legend and Integra. The plant was briefly closed, but not damaged, following the March 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, and restarted production in April 2011, albeit at lower production levels.
Dai Nippon Printing Company, Ltd. imaging media division operates a large coating facility in the city.
The Sankyo Flute Company is located there.
In January 2015, Marc Simmons became partner with Mr. Hasan Nuri and took over as C.E.O. of Haselfoods (haselfoods.com), which became the only baklava manafacturing facilty in Japan (a hand made Mediterranean dessert). Located in Aoyagi, Sayama Haselfoods also imports food products from the Mediterranean.
People from Sayama
- Matsushige Ohno (大野松茂), politician
- Shiori Kazama, director, The Mars Canon
- Mitsuo Hashimoto, manga artist
- Ryuji Hijikata, professional wrestler
- Tetsurō Araki, anime director
- Kensuke Kazama, photographer
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- Sayama City official website (Japanese) (note link to automated multilingual translation)