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Fukuroi, Shizuoka

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Fukuroi (袋井市, Fukuroi-shi) is a city located in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 July 2019, the city had an estimated population of 88,395 in 34,842 households [1], and a population density of 820 persons per km². The total area of the city was 108.33 square kilometres (41.83 sq mi).

Fukuroi

袋井市
Fukuroi City hall
Fukuroi City hall
Flag of Fukuroi
Flag
Official seal of Fukuroi
Seal
Location of Fukuroi in Shizuoka Prefecture
Location of Fukuroi in Shizuoka Prefecture
Fukuroi is located in Japan
Fukuroi
Fukuroi
 
Coordinates: 34°45′0.6″N 137°55′28.8″E / 34.750167°N 137.924667°E / 34.750167; 137.924667Coordinates: 34°45′0.6″N 137°55′28.8″E / 34.750167°N 137.924667°E / 34.750167; 137.924667
CountryJapan
RegionChūbu (Tōkai)
PrefectureShizuoka
Government
 • - MayorHideyuki Harada (since January 2001)
Area
 • Total108.33 km2 (41.83 sq mi)
Population
 (July 2019)
 • Total88,395
 • Density820/km2 (2,100/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreeOsmanthus fragrans
- FlowerCosmos bipinnatus
- BirdStrix uralensis
Phone number0538-44-3104
Address1-1-1 Niiya, Fukuroi-shi, Shizuoka-ken 437-8666
WebsiteOfficial website
Shizuoka Stadium

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GeographyEdit

Fukuroi is on the coastal plain in southwestern Shizuoka Prefecture. It has a small coastline on the Pacific Ocean to the south.

Surrounding municipalitiesEdit

DemographicsEdit

Per Japanese census data,[2] the population of Fukuroi has been steadily increasing over the past 50 years.

YearPop.±%
1960 48,440—    
1970 48,738+0.6%
1980 57,926+18.9%
1990 68,966+19.1%
2000 78,732+14.2%
2010 84,831+7.7%

ClimateEdit

The area has a mild maritime climate with hot, humid summers, and short, cool winters. (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Fukuroi is 16.3 °C. The average annual rainfall is 2084 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 27.2 °C, and lowest in January, at around 6.1 °C.[3]

HistoryEdit

During the Sengoku period, Fukuroi was part of the domain within Tōtōmi Province governed by Yamauchi Kazutoyo from Kakegawa Castle. During the Edo period, the area was tenryō territory under direct control of the Tokugawa shogunate. The settlement prospered as Fukuroi-juku on the Tōkaidō highway connecting Edo with Kyoto. After the Meiji Restoration, in with the 1889 establishment of the modern municipalities system, Fukuroi-juku became the town of Yamana within Yamana District, Shizuoka Prefecture. Yamana District was merged into Iwata District in 1896, and the town's name was changed back to Fukuroi in 1909. Fukuroi merged with the neighboring village of Kasai in 1928. It continued to grow in the 1950s, annexing neighboring villages of Kudonishi (from Shuchi District) in 1948, Kudo in 1952, Imai in 1954, Mikawa in 1955, Tahara in 1956, as well as the village of Kasahara from Ogasa District, also in 1956. On November 3, 1958, Fukuroi was elevated to city status. It further expanded through annexation of the town of Yamanashi from Shuchi District in 1963.

During the 2002 FIFA World Cup, as location of (Shizuoka Stadium), Fukuroi played host of some of the events.

On April 1, 2005, the town of Asaba (from Iwata District) was merged into Fukuroi.

GovernmentEdit

Fukuroi has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city legislature of 20 members.

EconomyEdit

Fukuroi has a mixed economy of agriculture and light industry. The principal crops are green tea and melons. Industry includes food processing, cosmetics, pharmaceutical plants, as well as electronics and automotive components.

EducationEdit

  • Shizuoka Institute of Science and Technology
  • Fukuroi has twelve public elementary schools and four public middle schools operated by the city government and two public high schools operated by the Shizuoka Prefectural Board of Education. In addition, the prefecture also operates a special education school. The city formerly hosted a Brazilian primary school, Escola CONHECER, which is now closed[4]

TransportationEdit

Sister city relationsEdit

Notable people from FukuroiEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Fukuroi City official statistics (in Japanese)
  2. ^ Fukuroi population statistics
  3. ^ Fukuroi climate data
  4. ^ "Escolas Brasileiras Homologadas no Japão" (Archive). Embassy of Brazil in Tokyo. February 7, 2008. Retrieved on October 13, 2015.
  5. ^ "US-Japan Sister Cities by State". Asia Matters for America. Honolulu, HI: East-West Center. Retrieved 20 November 2015.

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