Kumatori, Osaka

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Kumatori
熊取町
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Kumatori Town Hall
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Location of Kumatori in Osaka Prefecture
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Kumatori
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 34°24′N135°21′E / 34.400°N 135.350°E / 34.400; 135.350 Coordinates: 34°24′N135°21′E / 34.400°N 135.350°E / 34.400; 135.350
CountryJapan
Region Kansai
Kinki
Prefecture Osaka
District Sen'nan
Area
  Total17.24 km2 (6.66 sq mi)
Population
 (December 31, 2021)
  Total43,154
  Density2,500/km2 (6,500/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+09:00 (JST)
City hall address1-1-1, Noda, Kumatori-cho, Sennan-gun, Osaka-fu 590-0495
Website Official website
Symbols
Bird Japanese white-eye
Flower Sunflower
Tree Prunus mume
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Eiraku Dam in theOkuyama-Ameyama Nature Park

Kumatori (熊取町, Kumatori-chō) is a town located in Sen'nan District, Osaka Prefecture, Japan. As of 31 December 2021, the town had an estimated population of 43,154 in 18377 households and a population density of 2500 persons per km2. [1] The total area of the town is 17.24 square kilometres (6.66 sq mi).

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Geography

Kumatori is located 30 kilometers from central Osaka, in the southern part of Osaka Prefecture, east of Izumisano City, where Kansai International Airport is located. The town is roughly in the shape of a leaf, about 4.8 kilometers east-west and 7.8 kilometers north-south. The eastern part is the foothills of the Izumi Mountains, and the ground is gradually lower from the southeast toward the northwest. The Mide, Uyama, and Sumiyoshi rivers that originate in the Izumi Mountains flow through the central part of the town towards Osaka Bay.

Neighboring municipalities

Climate

Kumatori has a Humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa) characterized by warm summers and cool winters with light to no snowfall. The average annual temperature in Kumatori is 14.8 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1488 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 26.6 °C, and lowest in January, at around 3.3 °C. [2]

Demographics

Per Japanese census data, [3] the population of Kumatori has been increasing over the past century.

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1920 5,352    
1930 5,997+12.1%
1940 7,685+28.1%
1950 9,463+23.1%
1960 10,815+14.3%
1970 13,808+27.7%
1980 25,432+84.2%
1990 38,905+53.0%
2000 42,914+10.3%
2010 45,072+5.0%

History

The area of the modern town of Kumatori was within ancient Izumi Province. As a place name, "Kumatori" appears in the ancient Nihon Kōki as a place where Emperor Kanmu went hunting in 804 AD. In the Kamakura period, the area was part of a landed estate called "Kumatori-no-shō". During the Edo Period, the area was largely under the control of Kishiwada Domain. The village Kumatori was established within Hine District with the creation of the modern municipalities system on April 1, 1889. On April 1, 1896, the area became part of Sennan District, Osaka. Kumatori was elevated to town status on November 3, 195.1

Government

Kumatori has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city council of 14 members. Kumatori collectively with the cities of Kaizuka, Sennan, Hannan and the minor municipalities of Sen'nan District contributes two members to the Osaka Prefectural Assembly. In terms of national politics, the town is part of Osaka 19th district of the lower house of the Diet of Japan.

Economy

Since then Meiji period, Kumatori has been noted for its production of textiles, notably cotton cloth. Agriculture and horticulture also play major roles in the local economy. In exchange for hosting Kyoto University's Institute for Integrated Radiation and Nuclear Science, the government agreed to make Kumatori Station on the Hanwa Line a stop for express trains, which has contributed to large-scale residential land development and a rapid increase in population since 1963.

Education

Universities and colleges

Primary and secondary education

Kumatori has five public elementary schools and three public middle schools operated by the town government, and one public combined middle/high school operated by the Osaka Prefectural Board of Education.

Transportation

Railways

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Highways

Local attractions

Sister City relations

Notable people from Kumatori

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References

  1. "Kumatori Town official statistics" (in Japanese). Japan.
  2. Kumatori climate data
  3. Kumatori population statistics