Warabi, Saitama

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Warabi
蕨市
City
Warabi City Hall
Warabi City Hall
Flag of Warabi
Flag
Official seal of Warabi
Seal
Location of Warabi in Saitama Prefecture
Location of Warabi in Saitama Prefecture
Warabi is located in Japan
Warabi
Warabi
Location of Warabi in Saitama Prefecture
Coordinates: 35°49′32.1″N 139°40′47″E / 35.825583°N 139.67972°E / 35.825583; 139.67972Coordinates: 35°49′32.1″N 139°40′47″E / 35.825583°N 139.67972°E / 35.825583; 139.67972
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Saitama Prefecture
Government
 • -Mayor Hideo Yoritaka
Area
 • Total 5.11 km2 (1.97 sq mi)
Population (February 2016)
 • Total 72,562
 • Density 14,200/km2 (37,000/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Zelkova serrata
- Flower Rhododendron indicum
Phone number 048-432-3200
Address 5-14-15 Chuo, Warabi-shi, Saitama-ken 335-8501
Website Official website

Warabi (蕨市 Warabi-shi?) is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan. As of 1 February 2016, the city had an estimated population of 72,564 and a population density of 14,200 persons per km². Its total area was 5.11 square kilometres (1.97 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

Located in far eastern Saitama Prefecture, Warabi has the smallest area of any municipality in Japan, and highest population density outside of the special wards of Tokyo. The city is mostly flatland, with an average elevation of 4.8 meters above sea level.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

Warabi developed from the Muromachi period as Warabi-shuku, a post town on the Nakasendō highway. It was created as a modern town with the establishment of the municipalities system on 1 April 1889 and was elevated to city status on 1 April 1959.

The village of Yoshikawa was created within Kitakatsushika District, Saitama with the establishment of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889. It was raised to town status on November 1, 1915. On March 1, 1955, Yoshikawa annexed the neighboring villages of Asahi and Miwanoe. The population began to rapidly increase in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, and Yoshikawa was elevated to city status on April 1, 1996. Discussions to merge with neighboring Hatogaya and Kawaguchi were held from 2002-2004.

Politics and government[edit]

The directly-elected executive mayor is Hideo Yoritaka, a member of the Japanese Communist Party. The legislative city assembly has 18 elected members.

Elections[edit]

Economy[edit]

Education[edit]

High Schools[edit]

Middle Schools[edit]

  • Warabi Municipal No. 1 Junior High School
  • Warabi Municipal No. 2 Junior High School
  • Warabi Municipal Higashi Junior High School

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Warabi Municipal Chūō Elementary School
  • Warabi Municipal Chūō-Higashi Elementary School
  • Warabi Municipal Nishi Elementary School
  • Warabi Municipal Higashi Elementary School
  • Warabi Municipal Tsukagoshi Elementary School
  • Warabi Municipal Kita Elementary School
  • Warabi Municipal Minami Elementary School

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Sister city relations[edit]

Noted people from Warabi[edit]

References[edit]

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