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Matsudo (松戸市, Matsudo-shi) is a city located in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

Matsudo

松戸市
Matsudo City Hall
Matsudo City Hall
Flag of Matsudo
Flag
Official seal of Matsudo
Seal
Location of Matsudo in Chiba Prefecture
Location of Matsudo in Chiba Prefecture
Matsudo is located in Japan
Matsudo
Matsudo
 
Coordinates: 35°47′15.5″N 139°54′11.4″E / 35.787639°N 139.903167°E / 35.787639; 139.903167Coordinates: 35°47′15.5″N 139°54′11.4″E / 35.787639°N 139.903167°E / 35.787639; 139.903167
CountryJapan
RegionKantō
PrefectureChiba Prefecture
Government
 • MayorKenji Hongoya (since July 2010)
Area
 • Total61.38 km2 (23.70 sq mi)
Population
 (February 2016)
 • Total483,796
 • Density7,880/km2 (20,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
-TreeCastanopsis, eucalyptus, sakura, Pyrus pyrifolia
- FlowerAzalea, hydrangea and Asteroideae
- BirdUral owl, barn swallow and white heron
Phone number047-366-1111
Address387-5, Nemoto, Matsudo-shi, Chiba-ken 271-8588
Websitehttp://www.city.matsudo.chiba.jp/

As of February 2016, the city has an estimated population of 483,796, and a population density of 7,880 persons per km2. The total area is 61.38 square kilometres (23.70 sq mi).

GeographyEdit

Matsudo is located in the far northwestern corner of Chiba Prefecture, bordered by the Edo River to the west.

Neighboring municipalitiesEdit

Chiba Prefecture

Saitama Prefecture

Tokyo

HistoryEdit

The area around Matsudo has been inhabited since prehistoric times, and archaeologists have found remains from the Jōmon period, as well as burial tumuli from the Kofun period. During the Edo period, the area was tenryō controlled directly by the Tokugawa shogunate, and contained a number of horse ranches providing war horses for the Shōgun’s armies. It also developed as a post station on the Mito Kaido connecting Edo with Mito. After the Meiji Restoration, Matsudo Town was created in Higashikatsushika District Chiba Prefecture in 1878. Matsudo attained city status on October 1, 1943.

On September 1, 1954, the neighboring town of Kashiwa merged with neighboring Kogane Town and Tsuchi and Tanaka villages to form the new city of Tokatsu (東葛市, Tokatsu-shi). However, many politicians in Kogane Town were vehemently opposed to the merger, and forced its dissolution on October 15, 1954 with most of former Kogane Town merging with Matsudo instead. Beginning in the 1960s, the rapid economic growth in Japan (and the Tokyo area in particular) led to a construction boom in Matsudo and the development of the area as a major suburb of Tokyo. Matsudo is now the third-largest city in Chiba Prefecture and a major bedroom community (11th largest city) in the Greater Tokyo Area.

EconomyEdit

Matsudo is a regional commercial center and a bedroom community for nearby Chiba and Tokyo. The city has a mixed industrial base. The small electric motor manufacturer, Mabuchi Motor is headquartered in Matsudo.

EducationEdit

UniversitiesEdit

Primary and secondary educationEdit

Matsudo has 44 public and one private elementary school, 20 public and two private middle schools, and eight public and two private high schools.

SportEdit

TransportationEdit

Local attractionsEdit

 
Showa no Mori Museum entrance in June 2016
  • Manman-ji – Buddhist temple
  • Showa no Mori Museum

Sister city relationsEdit

Notable people from MatsudoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Retrieved 21 November 2015.

External linksEdit