Shōnan, Chiba

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Former municipality
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Chiba Prefecture
District Higashikatsushika
Merged March 28, 2005
(now part of Kashiwa)
 • Total 41.99 km2 (16.21 sq mi)
Population (April 2005)
 • Total 46,875
 • Density 1,116/km2 (2,890/sq mi)
 • Tree Castanopsis
 • Flower Sunflower
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)

Shōnan (沼南町, Shōnan-machi) was a town located in Higashikatsushika District, Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

On April 1, 1889 the villages of Kazahaya and Tega were established within the district of Minamisōma District, Chiba. On April 1, 1897, Minamisōma District merged with Higashikatsushika District. Shōnan Village was formed on March 30, 1955. through the merger of Kazahaya and Tega. On February 1, 1964 Shōnan was elevated to town status.

On March 28, 2005, Shōnan was merged into the expanded city of Kashiwa, and thus no longer exists as an independent municipality.

In April 2005 (the last data available before its merger into Kashiwa), the town had an estimated population of 46,875 and a population density of 1116 persons per km². Its total area was 41.99 km².

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