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Yamatotakada City
Yamatotakada City
Flag of Yamatotakada
Official seal of Yamatotakada
Location of Yamatotakada in Nara Prefecture
Location of Yamatotakada in Nara Prefecture
Yamatotakada is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 34°31′N 135°44′E / 34.517°N 135.733°E / 34.517; 135.733
PrefectureNara Prefecture
 • MayorMasakatsu Yoshida
 • Total16.48 km2 (6.36 sq mi)
 (April 1, 2017)
 • Total66,400
 • Density4,000/km2 (10,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+09:00 (JST)
City hall address101-1 Ōaza Ōnaka, Yamatotakada-shi, Nara-ken
TreeCamellia sasanqua
Yamatotakada MapYamatotakada
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Yamatotakada (大和高田市, Yamatotakada-shi) is a city located in Nara Prefecture, Japan. As of April 1, 2017, the city had an estimated population of 66,400 and 29,713 households.[1] The population density is 4,000 persons per km², and the total area is 16.48 km².[2]

The city continues to develop as a local business and government center in the center of Nara Prefecture.


Inhabited since the Paleolithic age, the city area nurtured paddy field agriculture in the fertile Nara Basin since ancient times. Large keyhole type burial mounds (kofun) were constructed in the northwestern part of the city around the 5th century.

A local samurai family[who?] ruled the area in the medieval age, but the lord of Takada perished in 1580 at the hand of a local vassal of the powerful Oda Nobunaga. In the early modern age, the city area developed as a local market town with a big Buddhist temple at its core.

With the introduction of Western Civilization into Japan, a modern spinning factory was set up here at the end of the nineteenth century. Since then, the city became a center of the modern textile industry.[citation needed]

After the Second World War, Takada was designated as a city in 1948. In 1963, the city of Yamatotakada was established, through the arrangement of an Australian Catholic father (Paul Glynn), a sister-city relationship with Lismore, New South Wales, Australia. It is known as the first such relationship between the two countries.

Toshiharu Matsuda, who served as mayor of the city since 1992, resigned in 2003. During his terms of office he executed ambitious construction plans resulting in burdensome debt. He was also criticized for his connection with a gangster boss in the city of Nara. Masakatsu Yoshida, elected as new major in April, 2003, has had to cope with the deteriorating financial problems combined with a curtailed national subsidy and mounting unpaid city tax.

A citizens' group advocates new friendship relation with Jiujiang, Jiangxi Province in central China, though city administrators are still reluctant.

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  1. ^ "Official website of Yamatotakada city" (in Japanese). Japan: Yamatotakada City. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Nature and population of Yamatotakada City" (PDF) (in Japanese). Japan: Yamatotakada City. Retrieved 23 April 2017.