View of downtown Tokuyama area
Location of Shūnan in Yamaguchi Prefecture
|• Mayor||Kenichiro Kimura (since May 2011)|
|• Total||656.13 km2 (253.33 sq mi)|
|Population (October 1, 2016)|
|• Density||220/km2 (570/sq mi)|
|• Tree||Cinnamomum camphora|
|• Flower||Salvia splendens|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|City hall address||1-1 Kisan-dōri, Shūnan-shi, Yamaguchi-ken
The modern city of Shūnan was founded on April 21, 2003, by the merger of the cities of Tokuyama and Shinnan'yō, the town of Kumage (from Kumage District), and the town of Kano (from Tsuno District). Its name is derived from the first character (周) of the name of the former Suō Province (周防国), and the character for south (南), reflecting its location, comprising much of the southern part of the old province.
The city is bordered in the west by the cities of Yamaguchi and Hōfu, in the east by Iwakuni, in the southeast by Hikari and Kudamatsu, and in the north by Yoshika, Shimane Prefecture. To the south is the Inland Sea.
- April 21, 2003: Shūnan is founded by the merger of Tokuyama, Shinnan'yō, Kano (from Tsuno District) and Kumage (from Kumage District). Tsuno District was dissolved as a result of this merger.
- May 25, 2003: Kazuto Kawamura becomes first mayor.
- April 22, 2007: Yukio Shimazu defeats Ken'ichirō Kimura to become city's second mayor.
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- Delfzijl, Netherlands (1990, Shinnan'yō)
- Townsville, Australia (1990, Tokuyama)
- São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil (1973, Tokuyama)
Economy and industry
The food processing company, Shimaya, has headquarters in Shunan. Also, the petroleum company, Idemitsu Kosan; the chemical company, Tosoh and Tokuyama; the iron product company, Nisshin Steel; all have plants based in Shunan.
- Shūnan City official website (Japanese)
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