Takaishi, Osaka

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Takaishi
高石市
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Takaishi
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 34°31′N135°27′E / 34.517°N 135.450°E / 34.517; 135.450 Coordinates: 34°31′N135°27′E / 34.517°N 135.450°E / 34.517; 135.450
CountryJapan
Region Kansai
Prefecture Osaka Prefecture
Area
  Total11.35 km2 (4.38 sq mi)
Population
 (1 October 2016)
  Total56,583
  Density5,000/km2 (13,000/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+09:00 (JST)
Website www.city.takaishi.lg.jp

Takaishi (高石市, Takaishi-shi) is a city located in Osaka Prefecture, Japan.

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As of October 2016, the city has an estimated population of 56,583 and a population density of 5,000 persons per km2. The total area is 11.35 km2.

History

The city was founded on 1 November 1966. Takaishi established a sister city relationship with Lomita, California in October 1981. It once experienced a severe financial crisis in the late 1990s and the then mayor attempted to merge the city with Sakai. However, the merger became the major campaign issue in the following mayoral election, and was voted down when the incumbent mayor lost in his bid for re-election. The city still remains independent.

Geography

Takaishi occupies a position on the shore of Osaka Bay. Adjacent cities are Sakai, Izumiōtsu and Izumi. About half of the city area lies on reclaimed land, upon which stands a large petrochemical refinery. Takaishi's fire department boasts the largest fire truck in Japan as a precaution against possible major fires at the refinery.[ citation needed ]

Transportation

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