Yamada, Iwate

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Yamada Town Hall
Yamada Town Hall
Flag of Yamada
Official seal of Yamada
Location of Yamada in Iwate Prefecture
Location of Yamada in Iwate Prefecture
Yamada is located in Japan
Coordinates: 39°28′N 141°57′E / 39.467°N 141.950°E / 39.467; 141.950Coordinates: 39°28′N 141°57′E / 39.467°N 141.950°E / 39.467; 141.950
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Iwate
District Shimohei
 • Total 263.45 km2 (101.72 sq mi)
Population (February 2014)
 • Total 16,055
 • Density 60.9/km2 (158/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City symbols  
- Tree Cryptomeria
- Flower Rosa rugosa
- Bird Black-tailed gull
Phone number 0193-82-3111
Address 3-20 Hachiman-cho, Yamada-machi, Shimohei-gun, Iwate-ken 028-1392
Website www.town.yamada.iwate.jp

Yamada (山田町 Yamada-machi?) is a town in Shimohei District, Iwate Prefecture, Japan. As of February 2014, the town had an estimated population of 16,055 and a population density of 60.09 persons per km2. The total area was 263.45  km2.[citation needed]


Yamada is located on the ria coastline of central Iwate Prefecture, facing the Pacific Ocean

Neighboring municipalities[edit]


The area of present-day Yamada was part of ancient Mutsu Province, dominated by the Nambu clan during the Edo period, who ruled Morioka Domain under the Tokugawa shogunate. The town of Yamada was created within Higashihei District on April 1, 1889. Kitahei, Nakahei and Higashihei Districts were all merged into Minamihei District on March 29, 1896. On March 1, 1955, Yamada annexed the neighboring villages of Funakoshi, Orikada, Osawa and Toyomane to reach is present borders. After the March 2011 earthquake, it was reported that the town had been almost completely submerged by the ensuing tsunami.[1][2]


The local economy was strongly based on commercial fishing.




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Notable people from Yamada[edit]


  1. ^ Quake death toll feared to top 1800, thousands more unaccounted for, Japan Today article, 13 March 2011
  2. ^ Fukada, Takahiro, "Iwate survivors wonder, worry about future", Japan Times, 15 September 2011, p. 3.

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