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Tōnoshō Town Hall
Tōnoshō Town Hall
Flag of Tōnoshō
Official seal of Tōnoshō
Location of Tōnoshōin in Chiba Prefecture
Location of Tōnoshōin in Chiba Prefecture
Tōnoshō is located in Japan
Coordinates: 35°50′N 140°40′E / 35.833°N 140.667°E / 35.833; 140.667Coordinates: 35°50′N 140°40′E / 35.833°N 140.667°E / 35.833; 140.667
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Chiba Prefecture
District Katori
 • Total 46.16 km2 (17.82 sq mi)
Population (April 2012)
 • Total 14,852
 • Density 322/km2 (830/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
City symbols  
• Insect Sasakia charonda
• Bird Ochre-rumped bunting
Phone number 0478-86-1111
Address 4713-131 Sasakawa Katori-gun, Tōnoshō -machi, Chiba-ken 285-8510
Website http://www.town.tohnosho.chiba.jp/

Tōnoshō (東庄町, Tōnoshō-machi) is a town located in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. As of April 2012, the town had an estimated population of 14,852, and a population density of 322 persons per km2. The total area is 46.16 km2.


Tōnoshō is located in far northeastern Chiba Prefecture. It is bordered to the north by the Tone River, which also forms the border with Ibaraki Prefecture. The land is mostly flat, and much is from 40–50 meters above sea level in average elevation.

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The area around Tōnoshō has been inhabited since at least the Japanese Paleolithic, and archaeologists have found stone tools and tombs from the Kofun period. During the Kamakura and Muromachi periods, the area was under control of the Chiba clan. After the start of the Edo period, much of the area of Tōnoshō was part of Omigawa Domain, a minor feudal domain under the Tokugawa shogunate. After the Meiji Restoration, the villages of Tōjō, Tachibana, Jindai and Sasagawa were founded on April 1, 1889 within Katori District of Chiba Prefecture. Sasagawa was elevated to town status on August 1, 1907. The area rapidly developed with the coming of the Narita Line railway and the development of the Kashima Industrial Complex in neighboring Ibaraki Prefecture after World War II. The town of Tōnoshō was created on July 20, 1955 through the merger of Sasagawa with Tachibana, Jindai and Tōjō villages.


Tōnoshō is a regional commercial center whose economy is primarily agricultural, with some light manufacturing industries. The main crops include rice and turnips. Industry includes fish processing and the production of soy sauce.




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