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Yoshikawa City office
Location of Yoshikawa in Saitama Prefecture
|• Total||31.66 km2 (12.22 sq mi)|
|Population (February 2016)|
|• Density||2,210/km2 (5,700/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|Address||2-1-1 Yoshikawa, Yoshikawa-shi, Saitama-ken 342-8501|
Yoshikawa (吉川市 Yoshikawa-shi) is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 February 2016[update], the city had an estimated population of 69,970, and a population density of 2210 persons per km². Its total area is 31.66 square kilometres (12.22 sq mi).
The area of modern Yoshikawa was tenryō territory within Shimōsa Province during the Edo period Tokugawa shogunate. 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.
Due to this location, Yoshikawa is primarily a bedroom community with over 19% of its population commuting to the Tokyo metropolis for work. The area was historically known for its production of catfish.
Yoshikawa has eight elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school. With the increase of population in the southern part of the city, they're currently planning to build another middle school in that area.
Twin towns and sister cities
Yoshikawa is twinned with:
- Lake Oswego, Oregon, United States, since May 26, 1996
- Ichinoseki Iwate, Japan since April 15, 1997
Noted people from Yoshikawa
- "US-Japan Sister Cities by State". Asia Matters for America. Honolulu, HI: East-West Center. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Yoshikawa, Saitama.|
- Official Website (in Japanese)