|— City —|
|• - Mayor||Kiyoshi Deguchi (since November 2007)|
|• Total||94.92 km2 (36.65 sq mi)|
|Population (April 2012)|
|• Density||636/km2 (1,650/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Flower||Lilium auratum|
|- Bird||Japanese Bush-warbler|
|Address||1-1 Sakato Ichiba, Sodegaura-shi, Chiba-ken 299-0292|
Sodegaura (袖ヶ浦市 Sodegaura-shi ) is a city in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. As of April 2012, the city has an estimated population of 60,391 and a population density of 636 persons per km². The total area is 94.92 km².
Sodegaura is mentioned in the Nara period chronicle Kojiki in connection with the Yamatotakeru mythology, and at that time applied to the entire western coastline of the Boso Peninsula. Modern Sodegaura was part of Kimitsu District from the Meiji period. Sodegaura Town was formed on March 31, 1955 from the merger of the town of Shōwa with the neighboring village of Nagaura and a portion of the village of Negata. It expanded through merger with the town of Hirakawa on November 3, 1971. On April 1, 1991 it was elevated to city status.
Sodegaura is an important part of the Keiyō Industrial Zone. The industrial Port of Chiba ranges from Funabashi in the north to Sodegaura in the south. Heavy industry, especially oil refineries and chemical processing, is located on reclaimed land in the city.
- "Sodegaura". Encyclopedia of Japan. Tokyo: Netto Adobansusha. 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-25.
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