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Kawasaki
川崎市
Designated city
Kawasaki City
Kawasaki Daishi, Tama RiverLazona Kawasaki Plaza, Musashi-Kosugi areaTodoroki Athletics StadiumKeihin industrial area
Kawasaki Daishi, Tama River
Lazona Kawasaki Plaza, Musashi-Kosugi area
Todoroki Athletics Stadium
Keihin industrial area
Flag of Kawasaki
Flag
Official seal of Kawasaki
Seal
Location of Kawasaki in Kanagawa Prefecture
Location of Kawasaki in Kanagawa Prefecture
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Kanagawa Prefecture
Area
 • Total 142.70 km2 (55.10 sq mi)
Population (April 1, 2017)
 • Total 1,496,035
 • Density 10,483.8/km2 (27,152.9/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Camellia
- Flower Azalea
Phone number 044-200-2111
Address 1 Miyamoto-chō, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa-ken 210-8577
Website http://www.city.kawasaki.jp/

Kawasaki is a city in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It is the 8th most populated city in Japan (including the Tokyo Metropolitan Area) and one of the main cities forming the Greater Tokyo Area and Keihin Industrial Area.

As of October 1, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 1,503,690, with 716,470 households, and a population density of 10,000 persons per km2. The total area is 142.70 km2 (55.10 sq mi).

History

In the Edo period, Kawasaki-juku was 2nd of the 53 shogunate-maintained waystations (shuku-eki) along the Tōkaidō road which connected Edo and Kyoto.

Geography

Kawasaki occupies a belt of land stretching about 30 km along the south bank of the Tama River. The river is the boundary with Tokyo.

Economy

Fujitsu's Main Branch is located in Nakahara-ku. It was formerly Fujitsu's headquarters.

Kawasaki has several factories and development bases of the companies of heavy industry (e.g., JFE Group, Nippon Oil Corporation) and high technology (Fujitsu, NEC Corporation, Toshiba, Dell Japan and Sigma Corporation).

Politics and government

Kawasaki is governed by Mayor Norihiko Fukuda, an independent elected on 27 October 2013. The city assembly has 63 elected members. Mayor Fukuda was re-elected to a second term in office on 22 October 2017.

Sports

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Kawasaki stadium
  • Kawasaki Stadium: Located in Kawasaki-ku. Opened in 1952, and was used as a home field for professional baseball teams from 1954 to 1991. The stands were taken down in 2001, and is currently used for American football games and other events in addition to baseball.
  • Kawasaki Todoroki Baseball Stadium: Located in Nakahara-ku. Maximum capacity of 5,000 people. Used for high school baseball and American football games.
  • Todoroki Athletics Stadium: Located in Nakahara-ku. Maximum capacity of 25,000 people. Opened in 1964, the stadium underwent several renovations before becoming the home field for the Kawasaki Frontale. Also used frequently for track & field competitions.
  • Kawasaki Prefectural Gymnasium: Located in Kawasaki-ku. Opened in 1956, and is used for Puroresu matches.
  • Kawasaki Todoroki Arena: Located in Nakahara-ku. International field athletics and volleyball matches are held here, in addition to various musical concerts.
  • Velodrome: Kawasaki Velodrome
  • Kawasaki Keiba

Places of interest

Kawasaki Daishi Main Hall
Kawasaki Daishi Main Hall
  • Kawasaki Daishi: the second most visited temple in the Kantō region
  • Nihon Minka-en: a park with a collection of 20 minka, or traditional farmhouses, from various areas in Japan
  • Koreatown: eastern Kawasaki has the second largest concentration of Koreans in Japan after Osaka. In 1997 it became the first municipality to allow non-Japanese nationals to take civil service employment.
  • Todoroki Ryokuchi: athletic park
  • Fujiko F. Fujio Museum: also known as Doraemon museum, opened on September 3, 2011, in Tama-ku Ward.
  • Nakagawa stable: stable of professional sumo wrestler
  • Kawasaki Warehouse: An amusement arcade whose aesthetic is inspired by the Kowloon Walled City.

Wards

Kawasaki has seven wards:

秋葉山神社 - panoramio
Akihabayama Shrine within the Asao-ku ward
  • Asao-ku
  • Kawasaki-ku - administrative center
  • Miyamae-ku
  • Nakahara-ku
  • Saiwai-ku
  • Takatsu-ku
  • Tama-ku

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