Location of Nagareyama in Chiba Prefecture
|• Mayor||Yoshiharu Izaki (Ind; since May 2003)|
|• Total||35.28 km2 (13.62 sq mi)|
(December 1, 2020)
|• Density||5,700/km2 (15,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|Address||1-1-1, Heiwadai, Nagareyama-shi, Chiba-ken 270-0192|
Nagareyama (流山市, Nagareyama-shi) is a city located in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 December 2020[update], the city had an estimated population of 199,500 in 84,434 households and a population density of 5700 persons per km². The total area of the city is 35.28 km2 (13.62 sq mi).
Nagareyama is located in the far northwestern corner of Chiba Prefecture, bordered by the Edogawa River to the west. It is about 30 kilometers from the prefectural capital at Chiba and within 20 to 30 kilometers from the center of Tokyo. The city area is long from north to south, and the central and northern parts of the city form part of the Shimōsa Plateau, with almost the entire area as either residential or farmland. The Edo River runs north and south along the western border of the city, opposite which is Saitama Prefecture. In addition, the Tone Canal runs through the northern part of the city.
Nagareyama has a Humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa) characterized by warm summers and cool winters with light to no snowfall. The average annual temperature in Nagareyama is 14.8 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1370 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 4.0 °C.
Per Japanese census data, the population of Nagareyama increased extremely rapidly in the 1960s and 1970s, and continues to grow. This grow is attributed to city policies from 2003 to heavily invest in childcare centers, including a transit service at Nagareyama-centralpark Station where parents can drop off their children on their way to work, with the children then shuttled with buses to daycare centers. Senior people of the local community help caring for the children. Many parents say this transit service was one of the biggest reasons for them to move to Nagareyama. There are also many local events and community spaces where children and elderly interact. There's a summer camp for children while their parents work during holidays. These family friendly approaches lured young working parents from Tokyo to Nagareyama.
During the Edo period, Nagareyama was a river port on the Edogawa River and was noted for its production of mirin, a sweetened sake used for cooking. After the Meiji Restoration, Nagareyama Town was created in Inba District, Chiba Prefecture on April 1, 1889 with the establishment of the modern municipalities system. On January 1, 1952, it merged with neighboring Edogawa Town. Nagareyama was raised to city status on January 1, 1967.
Nagareyama has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city council of 28 members. Nagareyama contributes two members to the Chiba Prefectural Assembly. In terms of national politics, the city is part of Chiba 7th district of the lower house of the Diet of Japan.
Primary and secondary education
Isumi has 17 public elementary schools and nine public middle schools operated by the city government, and four public high schools operated by the Chiba Prefectural Board of Education. There is also one private elementary school. The prefecture also operates one special education school for the handicapped.
Twin towns — Sister cities
Nagareyama is twinned with:
Noted people from Nagareyama
- The fictional Nagarekawa of Locodol is based on Nagareyama. After the anime's release, the characters have become the city's official tourism concierge.
- "Isumi city official statistics" (in Japanese). Japan.
- Nagareyama climate data
- Nagareyama population statistics
- "Japan Baby Boom: City's policies turn around population decline". TRT World. 2019-09-14. Retrieved 2019-12-28.
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