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Ōizumi (大泉町, Ōizumi-machi) is a town located in Gunma Prefecture, Japan. As of February 2015, the town had an estimated population of 39,996, and a population density of 2220 persons per km². Its total area is 18.03 km². Approximately 10% of the total population are foreign citizens, mostly Japanese Brazilians, who work at many factories in the town. Since 1990, Japanese descendants from foreign countries have been permitted to stay in Japan freely. It is estimated that 15% of the population speak Portuguese as their native language,[1] and as of 2007, Ōizumi has the highest concentration of Brazilians of any city in Japan.[2] More recently, Nepalese and other Asians have begun settling in the town.[3]

Ōizumi

大泉町
Ōizumi town hall
Ōizumi town hall
Flag of Ōizumi
Flag
Official seal of Ōizumi
Seal
Location of Ōizumi in Gunma Prefecture
Location of Ōizumi in Gunma Prefecture
Ōizumi is located in Japan
Ōizumi
Ōizumi
 
Coordinates: 36°14′52.2″N 139°34′17.7″E / 36.247833°N 139.571583°E / 36.247833; 139.571583Coordinates: 36°14′52.2″N 139°34′17.7″E / 36.247833°N 139.571583°E / 36.247833; 139.571583
CountryJapan
RegionKantō
PrefectureGunma Prefecture
DistrictŌra
Government
 • MayorToshiaki Murayama
Area
 • Total18.03 km2 (6.96 sq mi)
Population
 (February 2015)
 • Total39,996
 • Density2,220/km2 (5,700/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreeZelkova serrata
- FlowerTulip, Salvia splendens
Phone number0276-63-3111
Address55-1 Hinode, Ōizumi-machi, Gunma-ken 370-0595
Websitehttp://www.town.oizumi.gunma.jp/

GeographyEdit

Ōizumi is located in the extreme southern corner Gunma prefecture, bordered by Saitama Prefecture to the south. The Tone River flows through the southern part of the town.

Surrounding municipalitiesEdit

HistoryEdit

The villages of Ōkawa and Koizumi were created within Ōra District, Gunma Prefecture on April 1, 1889 with the creation of the municipalities system after the Meiji Restoration. Koizumi was elevated to town status on July 25, 1902. On March 31, 1957 Koizumi merged with the village of Ōkawa and was renamed Ōizumi. Plans to merge with neighboring Chiyoda in 2004 and with Ōta in 2008 were rejected by the local town assembly.

EconomyEdit

Ōizumi has an industrial base, with manufacturing facilities including plants from Ajinomoto, Sanyo, Toppan, Maruha Nichiro and Fuji Heavy Industries (which was previously the plant of the Nakajima Aircraft Company), located in the town.

EducationEdit

International schools:

The city formerly housed the Escola da Professora Rebeca, another Brazilian international school.[5]

TransportationEdit

Sister city relationsEdit

Local attractionsEdit

  • Koizumi Castle site (小泉城跡)
  • Ryusenji temple (竜泉寺)
  • Koizumi shrine (小泉神社)
  • Ainohara remains (間之原遺跡) of Jōmon period (3500 BC-3000 BC)

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

  Media related to Ōizumi, Gunma at Wikimedia Commons