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Update:April 25, 2013

General Discription Of Miura City

Foundation of City Administration

January 1st 1955
Population at the time of foundation: 34, 450 

Population

As of April 1st 2013
46,651 (22,468 men and 24,183 women)
Number of households: 17,849

Area

Land: 31.44km2
Coastline: 49.717km
From East to West: 6.8km
From North to South: 9.4km

Geographic Features and Climate

Thanks to the Japan Current, Miura City enjoys a mild climate year-round. The city is located at the tip of the Miura Peninsula, surrounded on three sides by the sea. Miura’s 49.717km of coastline is complex and full of variety, such as a deeply-indented coastline at Moroiso, Aburatsubo and Koajiro and also features sandy beaches, dry beaches and rocky shores.

History

Miura City has a long history. Its first appearance in historical documents is thought to be in the Chronicles of Japan. In the early phase of the Kamakura Period, the Miura family, including Yoshimori Wada flourished. In this period, because of its closeness to Kamakura where feudal government was located and its blessing of nature, the government planted cherry blossoms, peach blossoms and Camellia’s in Misaki. Leading figures of the time including Yoritomo Minamoto enjoyed visits to the area.

In the Edo period, the city thrived as a port town and gradually developed as a fishery harbor. It can be said that this formed grounds for the relatively recent development of the city as a base for deep-sea fishery.

In 1878, 1 town and 18 villages combined to form Miura County. After a change of laws in 1889, Miura County was restructured into Misaki Town, Minamishitaura Village and Hasse Village. In 1930, Minamishitaura Village was upgraded to become a town. On January 1st 1955, these 2 towns and 1 village joined to become known as Miura City.

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History of Miura City

  • January 1955: Miura City was structured into a Municipality (Population: 34,450)
  • January 1956: Miura Logo was created.
  • April 1960: Jogashima Bridge opened.
  • July 1966: Opening of Miura Kaigan Station, operated by Keihin Electric Express Railway.
  • March 1974: A sister city relationship with Suzaka City, Nagano Prefecture was established.
  • April 1975: Opening of Misaki Guchi Station, operated by Keihin Electric Express Railway.
  • June 1975: To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Miura City, a Municipal flower, tree and bird were chosen.
  • February 1981: The 1st Miura International Citizens Marathon was held.
  • January 1984: Population exceeded 50,000 people (50,009 people)
  • April 1984: Miura City was designated as model city for resource and energy saving.
  • May 1985: To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Miura City, a Municipal song was written.
  • April 1988: Miura City Visitor Information Center opened.
  • March 1991: Miura City Declaration of World Peace and Abolition of Nuclear Arms
  • March 1992: Monument to commemorate the Declaration of World Peace and the Abolition of Nuclear Arms was erected.
  • July 1992: A sister city relationship with Warrnambool City, Australia, was established.
  • May 1994 The new Misaki Fish Market opened.
  • January 1995: The 40th Anniversary of Miura City was celebrated.
  • July 2001: The fish arena wharf in Misaki, called Urari, opened.
  • 2002: The 4th Miura City Comprehensive Plan was formulated.
  • 2004: The new Miura City hospital was completed.
  • 2005: The 50th Anniversary of Miura City was celebrated.
  • 2010: Joined a Mayors for Peace.
  • 2012: With Misaki Marine Biological Station, The University of Tokyo cooperated.
  • 2013: Jogashima was chosen as the two star of Michelin Green Guide JAPON.

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