Amagasaki (尼崎市 Amagasaki-shi) is an industrial city located in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. The city was founded on April 1, 1916. Its population is around 460,000, below its peak of over 554,000 in 1971.
Amagasaki Cultural Zone
Location of Amagasaki in Hyōgo Prefecture
Location in Japan
|Coordinates: 34°44′N 135°24′E|
|• Mayor||Kazumi Inamura (Greens Japan)|
|• Total||49.77 km2 (19.22 sq mi)|
(April 1, 2017)
|• Density||9,100/km2 (23,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (JST)|
|City hall address||1-23-1 Higashinanamatsu-chō, Amagasaki-shi, Hyōgo-ken|
Amagasaki is the hometown of comedy duo Downtown stars Masatoshi Hamada and Hitoshi Matsumoto. It is also the hometown of Formula 1 driver Kamui Kobayashi, Chiyu, the bassist of SuG, author Koushun Takami and Heath, bassist of X Japan. Hideki Irabu, an ex-MLB pitcher and Toshiaki Nishioka, a former world champion boxer, is also from this area.
- West Japan Railway Company
- Hankyu Railway
- Hanshin Electric Railway
A commuter train derailed on the Fukuchiyama Line near Amagasaki on April 25, 2005, resulting in more than 100 dead and 550 injured.
Politics of Amagasaki
On 22 November 2010 Kazumi Inamura became the first popularly elected Greens Japan Mayor as well as the youngest popularly-elected female mayor of the city with 54% of the vote.
Amagasaki is a major part of the Hanshin Industrial Region. Businesses headquartered in the city include manufacturers such as Osaka Titanium Technologies. The value of manufactured goods shipments in Amagasaki was 1,288 billion yen in 2004.
See also Hanshin Industrial Region.
Notable people from Amagasaki
- Mitsue Aoki (manga artist)
- Chikamatsu Monzaemon (dramatist of the Edo period)
- Chiyu (bassist of the band Sug)
- Cobra (punk rock band)
- Downtown (comedy duo)
- Gero (singer)
- Heath (bassist of the band X Japan)
- Kunio Hiramatsu (politician)
- Kojin Karatani (philosopher)
- Toshiki Kashu (actor)
- Ryuto Kazuhara (vocalist of boy band Generations from Exile Tribe)
- Keichū (Kokugaku scholar from the Edo period)
- Yoshitada Konoike (politician)
- Maggy (fashion model)
- Ryo Matsuda (actor)
- Shōta Matsushima (actor)
- Kaho Minami (actress)
- Akihiro Murata (shogi player)
- Nagisa (comedian of comedy duo Amako Inter)
- Ramo Nakajima (novelist)
- Ai Okawa (fashion model, former idol from Idoling!!!)
- Kazuo Shiraga (modern artist)
- Mitsuyoshi Takasu (broadcast writer)
- Keiko Tobe (manga artist)
- Rena Uehara (singer)
- Yu Yagami (manga artist)
- Seiichi Yamamoto (musician)
- Kinuyo Yamashita (video game music composer)
- Shota Yasuda (guitarist of boy band Kanjani Eight)
- Ai Yazawa (manga artist)
- Ritsu Doan (football player)
- Yutaka Enatsu (baseball player)
- Megu Hirose (softball player)
- Daisuke Hosokawa (swimmer)
- Takahiro Ikeyama (baseball player)
- Hideki Irabu (former baseball player)
- Norihito Kaneto (baseball player)
- Ayumi Karino (softball player)
- Kamui Kobayashi (auto racing driver)
- Naoki Miyanishi (baseball player)
- Minoru Murayama (former baseball player)
- Takahiko Nomaguchi (baseball player)
- Kengo Nomoto (basketball player)
- Daisuke Oku (football player)
- Hiroaki Saiuchi (baseball player)
- Tochinowaka Michihiro (former sumo wrestler)
- "Official website of Amagasaki City" (in Japanese). Japan: Amagasaki City. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
- "Kazumi Inamura receives 54% of the vote to become the first Green mayor elected in Japan". Global Greens. 2010-11-22. Retrieved 2018-06-03.
- "Company Outline." Osaka Titanium Technologies. Retrieved on March 28, 2014.
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