Watari Town hall
Location of Watari in Miyagi Prefecture
|• Total||73.21 km2 (28.27 sq mi)|
|Population (June 2014)|
|• Density||452/km2 (1,170/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Pinus thunbergii|
|- Flower||Camellia sasanqua|
|Address||7-4 Shimokoji, Watari-chō, Watari-gun, Miyagi-ken 989-2393|
Watari (亘理町? Watari-chō) is a town located in Watari District, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. As of June 2014, the town had an estimated population of 33,105 and a population density of 452 persons per km². The total area was 73.21 km².
Watari Town was established on April 1, 1889 with the start of the municipalities system. It merged with the neighboring town of Arahama and villages of Yoshida and Okuma on February 1, 1955.
Watari was severely damaged by a tsunami caused by an earthquake on 11 March 2011. Hundreds of people were stranded in a school but were airlifted from the roof by Japanese military helicopters. The tsunami covered 47% of the town’s area and 305 residents were reported killed or missing.
The economy of Watari is largely based on agriculture (strawberries) and commercial fishing and fish processing.
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Media related to Watari, Miyagi at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (Japanese)