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Ube (宇部市, Ube-shi) is a city located in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan on the Seto Inland Sea. The city was founded on November 1, 1921.

Ube
宇部市
City
Roads in Ube
Roads in Ube
Flag of Ube
Flag
Official seal of Ube
Emblem
Location of Ube in Yamaguchi Prefecture
Location of Ube in Yamaguchi Prefecture
Ube is located in Japan
Ube
Ube
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 33°57′N 131°15′E / 33.950°N 131.250°E / 33.950; 131.250Coordinates: 33°57′N 131°15′E / 33.950°N 131.250°E / 33.950; 131.250
CountryJapan
RegionChūgoku (San'yō) (San'in)
PrefectureYamaguchi Prefecture
EstablishedNovember 1, 1921 (1921-11-01)
Government
 • MayorKimiko Kubota
Area
 • Total287.69 km2 (111.08 sq mi)
Population (October 1, 2016)
 • Total168,398
 • Density590/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Symbols
 • TreeCamphor laurel
 • FlowerScarlet sage and azalea
Time zoneUTC+9 (JST)
City hall address1-7-1 Tokiwachō, Ube-shi, Yamaguchi-ken
755-8601
Websitewww.city.ube.yamaguchi.jp (in Japanese)

As of October 2016, the city has an estimated population of 168,398 and a population density of 590 persons per km2. The total area is 287.69 square kilometres (111.08 square miles).

On November 1, 2004, the town of Kusunoki (from Asa District) was merged into Ube.

Its industrial base is in chemicals, concrete, and steel. The presence of Ube Industries in the city's economy is significant.

Previously a coal mining town, the city has developed an effective policy to improve its environment. In particular it has combated the problem of air pollution and its success in doing so saw it being recognised by the United Nations Environment Programme as among UNEP's Global 500 Roll of Honour in 1997.[1]

Former prime minister of Japan Naoto Kan was born in Ube.

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Tokiwa Park (Tokiwa Koen)Edit

 
Tokiwa park from the coal-mining museum tower in the park

Ube publicizes itself as "a city of greenery, flowers, and sculptures". Tokiwa Park is the centerpiece of this marketing, as it covers a large area near the center of the city and houses a large number of modern, mostly domestic sculptures on the shores of Lake Tokiwa. The sculptures can be found around the city. A sculpture competition is held biennially to provide new additions.

One of the main attractions of the park is a great white pelican called "Katta-kun", so named after his parents who were from Kolkata, India. Born in the park in 1985, he became famous as he began visiting schools in the vicinity by himself. There are many pelicans and swans in the park, including black swans. There is also a coal mining museum with a view over the city and airport from the top of the tower.

 
A bridge in Tokiwa Park
 
A statue in Tokiwa Park

Twin towns – sister citiesEdit

FestivalsEdit

Ube holds two festivals each year, one in May and the other in November featuring food stands and carnival games.

TransportationEdit

AirEdit

The city is served by Yamaguchi Prefecture's only airport, Yamaguchi Ube Airport, with daily flights to and from Tokyo.

RailEdit

There are no Shinkansen stations in this city. The closest Shinkansen stations are: Asa Station (Sanyo Onoda) and Shin-Yamaguchi Station (Yamaguchi)

The main train station located in 'downtown' Ube is called Ube-Shinkawa Station (Ube Line). Ube Station is farther inland and is located in a more suburban area known as Kōnan (厚南).

EducationEdit

UniversitiesEdit

Primary and secondary schoolsEdit

The city formerly had a North Korean school, Ube Korean Elementary and Junior High School (宇部朝鮮初中級学校).[2]

The city is home to one of the best rated English foreign language schools, Ube Gaigo Center, which is located right in the center of the city. Ube Gaigo Center is considered the number one eikaiwa in Yamaguchi prefecture and top 100 in Japan by various magazines and surveys.

Economy and industryEdit

Ube Industries is headquartered and has major plants in Ube. Also, petroleum product company of Solato, printer machine product company of Riso Kagaku, glass product company Central Glass, semiconductor and parts product company of Renesas, pharmaceutical research and product company of Kyowa Hakko Kirin, clinical laboratory research company of Miraca Holdings are plant and factory base on Ube.[citation needed]

People from UbeEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ube city of Japan receives UN environment award". GRID Arendal. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  2. ^ "ウリハッキョ一覧" (Archive). Chongryon. November 6, 2005. Retrieved on October 15, 2015.

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