Handa, Aichi

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Handa

半田市
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Upper stage:Handa Red Brick Warehouse
Lower stage:DownTown of Handa City
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Location of Handa in Aichi Prefecture
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Handa
 
Coordinates: 34°53′31″N136°56′17″E / 34.89194°N 136.93806°E / 34.89194; 136.93806 Coordinates: 34°53′31″N136°56′17″E / 34.89194°N 136.93806°E / 34.89194; 136.93806
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Tōkai)
Prefecture Aichi
District Chita (formerly)
Government
  MayorIzō Sakakibara
Area
  Total47.42 km2 (18.31 sq mi)
Population
 (October 1, 2019)
  Total118,259
  Density2,500/km2 (6,500/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- Tree Japanese Black Pine
- Flower Satsuki azalea
Phone number0569-21-3111
Address2-1 Tōyō-chō, Handa-shi, Aichi-ken 475-8666
Website Official website
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Handa City Hall
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Handa Canal
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Okkawa Festival

Handa (半田市, Handa-shi) is a city located in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 October 2019, the city had an estimated population of 118,259 in 51,846 households, [1] and a population density of 2,494 persons per km². The total area of the city was 47.42 square kilometres (18.31 sq mi).

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Geography

Handa is located in northeastern Chita Peninsula in southern Aichi Prefecture, and is bordered by Mikawa Bay to the east.

Neighboring municipalities

Demographics

Per Japanese census data, [2] the population of Handa has increased steadily over the past 70 years.

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1940 49,153    
1950 62,860+27.9%
1960 71,370+13.5%
1970 80,663+13.0%
1980 89,328+10.7%
1990 99,550+11.4%
2000 110,837+11.3%
2010 118,829+7.2%

Climate

The city has a climate characterized by hot and humid summers, and relatively mild winters (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Handa is 15.6 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1632 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 27.5 °C, and lowest in January, at around 4.5 °C. [3]

History

During the Edo period, the area of Handa was part of Owari Domain. In the post-Meiji restoration establishment of the modern municipalities system on October 1, 1889, the towns of Handa and Kamezaki were founded, as was the town of Narawa the following year. These three towns merged on October 1, 1937, to form the city of Handa.

Government

Handa has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city legislature of 22 members. The city contributes two members to the Aichi Prefectural Assembly. In terms of national politics, the city is part of Aichi District 8 of the lower house of the Diet of Japan.

Economy

Handa has a strong historical connection with soy sauce, sake and vinegar brewing, and remains the worldwide headquarters of the Mizkan Vinegar Group. [4] During World War II, Nakajima Aircraft Company established an aircraft production plant in Handa. In the post-war period, this was redeveloped into a heavy industrial zone, including a production plant by Dow Chemical. Handa and Midland, Michigan became Sister Cities in 1981, a relationship that continues to this day. [5]

Education

University
Schools

Transportation

Railway

JR logo (central).svg Central Japan Railway Company - Taketoyo Line

Meitetsu logomark 2.svg MeitetsuKōwa Line

KRR logomark.svg Kinuura Rinkai RailwayHanda Line

Expressways

Japan National Routes

Sister city relations

Local attractions

Notable people from Handa

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References

  1. Handa City official statistics (in Japanese)
  2. Handa population statistics
  3. Handa climate data
  4. "Mizkan official home page".
  5. http://www.cityofmidlandmi.gov/520/Sister-City-Relationship
  6. "Midland official home page". Archived from the original on 2008-12-04.
  7. 1 2 "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Archived from the original on 24 December 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.

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