Hamura

羽村市
Hamura City Hall
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Location of Hamura in Tokyo Metropolis
Hamura
Hamura
 
Coordinates: 35°46′1.8″N 139°18′39.4″E / 35.767167°N 139.310944°E / 35.767167; 139.310944Coordinates: 35°46′1.8″N 139°18′39.4″E / 35.767167°N 139.310944°E / 35.767167; 139.310944
CountryJapan
RegionKantō
PrefectureTokyo
Area
 • Total9.90 km2 (3.82 sq mi)
Population
 (April 2021)
 • Total54,622
 • Density5,500/km2 (14,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
City symbols 
• TreeGinkgo
• FlowerSakura
• BirdBrown hawk owl
Phone number042-555-1111
Address5-2-1 Midorigaoka, Hamura-shi, Tokyo-to 205-8601
WebsiteOfficial website

Hamura (羽村市, Hamura-shi) is a city located in the western portion of Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. As of 1 April 2021, the city had an estimated population of 54,622, and a population density of 5500 persons per km².[1] The total area of the city was 9.90 square kilometres (3.82 sq mi).

Geography

Hamura is approximately in the west-center of Tokyo Metropolis, on the Musashino Terrace. It flanks the Tama River about 50 kilometres (31 mi) upriver from the mouth.

Hamura is composed of the following neighborhoods: Fujimidaira, Futabacho, Gonokami, Hane, Hanehigashi, Kawasaki, Midorigaoka, Ozakudai, Shinmeidai, Tamagawa, Yokotakichinai.

Surrounding municipalities

Tokyo Metropolis

Climate

Hamura has a Humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa) characterized by warm summers and cool winters with light to no snowfall. The average annual temperature in Hamura is 13.4 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1998 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 25.0 °C, and lowest in January, at around 1.7 °C.[2]

Demographics

Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Hamura increased rapidly in the 1960s and 1970s, but has remained relatively constant for the past 40 years.

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1920 5,113—    
1930 5,800+13.4%
1940 5,878+1.3%
1950 8,373+42.4%
1960 11,003+31.4%
1970 22,783+107.1%
1980 42,017+84.4%
1990 52,103+24.0%
2000 56,013+7.5%
2010 57,046+1.8%

History

The area of present-day Hamura has been inhabited since Japanese Paleolithic times, and numerous remains from the Jōmon, Yayoi and Kofun periods have been discovered. During the Nara period, it became part of ancient Musashi Province. The Tamagawa Josui, an artificial waterway completed in 1653 to divert water from the Tama River and carry it as drinking water to Edo, begins in what is now part of Hamura.

In the post-Meiji Restoration cadastral reform of April 1, 1889, several hamlets (one of which was named Hane-mura) merged to form Nishitama Village in Nishitama District, at that time part of Kanagawa Prefecture. The entire district was transferred to the control of Tokyo Prefecture on April 1, 1893. In 1956, Nishitama Village became the town of Hamura. On November 1, 1991, Hamura was elevated to city status.

Government

Hamura has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city council of 18 members. Hamura, collectively with Fussa, Akiruno, Mizuho, Hinode, Hinohara, and Okutama contributes two members to the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly. In terms of national politics, the city is part of Tokyo 25th district of the lower house of the Diet of Japan.

Economy

Hamura is primary a regional commercial center, and a bedroom community for central Tokyo and neighbouring Ōme. Several electronic companies have light industrial or logistical facilities in Hamura. Hino Motors and Toyota have a plant and test track in the city.

Education

Hamura has seven public elementary schools and three public middle schools operated by the city government. The city has one high school operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education. [4] There is also one special education school for the handicapped.

Transportation

Railway

JR EastŌme Line

Highway

Local attractions

Notable people from Hamura

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References

  1. ^ "Hamura city official statistics" (in Japanese). Japan.
  2. ^ Hamura climate data
  3. ^ Hamura population statistics
  4. ^ 東京都立羽村高等学校(in Japanese)