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View of Tama River and Seiseki Sakuragaoka
Location of Tama in Tokyo
|• Mayor||Hiroyuki Abe (since April 2010)|
|• Total||21.08 km2 (8.14 sq mi)|
|Population (April 1, 2011)|
|• Density||6,981.55/km2 (18,082.1/sq mi)|
|• Flower||Yamazakura (a wild sakura)|
|• Bird||Oriental turtle dove|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|City Hall Address||6-12-1 Sekido, Tama-shi, Tokyo
Its southern half forms part of the Tama New Town project, Japan's largest residential development, constructed in the 1970s.
The city is located in the northern part of a large area of hills in south-western Tokyo, known as Tama Hills, which spans Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture. The entire region is historically referred to as Tama; therefore there are many place names scattered throughout the area with references to the name "Tama" which are not within the city limits. For example, Tama is the name of a ward several kilometres away under the jurisdiction of Kawasaki in Kanagawa prefecture. Tama River marks the city's northern boundary.
Tama is home to Tama Hills, a recreational facility of the U.S. Air Force, intended for use by United States service members and their families, as well as Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force service members and their families.
Tama as a municipality was founded on April 1, 1889 as “Tama Village” in what was then the Minamitama District from the merger of 10 pre-Meiji villages. On April 1, 1964, Tama Village was reclassified as Tama Town.
Construction of Tama New Town began in 1966, and the first occupants started moving in 1971. On November 1, 1971, Tama Town was reclassified as Tama City, dissolving Minamitama District. Tama was the last town in the former Minamitama District.
From Shinjuku in central Tokyo, Tama can easily be reached by the Keio Line or the Odakyu Tama Line. From the Tama-Center Station to the north leads the 16 kilometer long double tracked Tama Toshi Monorail Line with Kamikitadai as its final station.
Several companies have their headquarters in the city:
- Keisen University Tama Campus
- Kokushikan University Tama Campus
- Otsuma Women's University Tama Campus
- Tama University Tama Campus
- Teikyo University Hachioji Campus
- University of Tokyo Health Sciences
- National Farmer's Academy
Tama operates public elementary and junior high schools.
Twin towns — Sister cities
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