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Kitakyushu (北九州市, Kitakyūshū-shi, lit. "North Kyushu") is a ceety locatit in Fukuoka Prefectur, Kyushu, Japan.

Kitakyushu
北九州
Designatit ceety
北九州市 · Ceety o Kitakyushu[1]
Clockwise frae Tap, River-walk Kitakyushu, Kokura Castle, Mojiko railroad Station, umwhile steid o Higashida blast fumace, Nicht in Kokura Toun, view frae Mount Adachi, Tanga Mercat in Kokura
Clockwise frae Tap, River-walk Kitakyushu, Kokura Castle, Mojiko railroad Station, umwhile steid o Higashida blast fumace, Nicht in Kokura Toun, view frae Mount Adachi, Tanga Mercat in Kokura
Offeecial seal o Kitakyushu
Symbol
Location of Kitakyushu in Fukuoka
Location of Kitakyushu in Fukuoka
Coordinates: 33°53′N 130°53′E / 33.883°N 130.883°E / 33.883; 130.883Coordinates: 33°53′N 130°53′E / 33.883°N 130.883°E / 33.883; 130.883
Kintra Japan
Region Kyushu
Prefectur Fukuoka
Govrenment
 • Mayor Kenji Kitahashi
Aurie
 • Total 486.81 km2 (187.96 sq mi)
Population (Januar 1, 2010)
 • Tot 983,037
 • Density 2,019.34/km2 (5,230.1/sq mi)
Symbols
 • Tree Ichiigashi (Japanese beech)
 • Flouer Tsutsuji (Azalea)
Himawari (Sunflouer)
Time zone Japan Staundart Time (UTC+9)
City Hall Address 1-1 Jōnai, Kokura Kita-ku, Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka-ken
803-8501
Wabsteid www.city.kitakyushu.jp

WardsEedit

Kitakyushu haes seiven wards (ku):

Name Japanese Area (km²)
  Kokurakita-ku
(administrative center)
小倉北区 39.27
  Kokuraminami-ku 小倉南区 170.25
  Moji-ku 門司区 73.37
  Tobata-ku 戸畑区 16.66
  Yahatahigashi-ku 八幡東区 36.36
  Yahatanishi-ku 八幡西区 83.04
  Wakamatsu-ku 若松区 67.86

The ceety o Nakama wis tae acome the aicht ward o Kitakyushu in 2005 (tae be cried Nakama-ku). Houever, the planned merger wis rejectit on December 24, 2004 bi Nakama's ceety cooncil, despite havin been initiated bi Nakama ceety.

HistoryEedit

Kokura PrefecturEedit

Kokura Prefectur wis foondit separately frae Fukuoka Prefectur in 1871 when the clan seestem wis abolished. The auld widen-biggit Kokura Prefectural Office is still staundin, an is bein restored. It is opposite Riverwalk Kitakyūshū. In 1876, Kokura Prefectur wis absorbed bi Fukuoka Prefectur. The ceety o Kokura wis foondit in 1900.

Warld War IIEedit

Kokura wis the primary tairget o the nuclear wappen "Fat Man" on August 9, 1945. Major Charles Sweeney haed orders tae drop the bomb visually, but aw three attempts failed due tae clouds an smoke frae Yahata, which is locatit anly 7 km wast o Kokura an haed air raids on the previous day, preventin Sweeney frae identifyin the tairget clearly. The bomb wis ultimately dropped on the ceety o Nagasaki, the seicondary tairget, at 11:02 JST.

Ceety o KitakyushuEedit

The ceety o Kitakyushu wis foondit on Februar 10, 1963 an wis designatit on Aprile 1, 1963 bi govrenment ordinance. The ceety wis born frae the merger o five municipalities (Moji, Kokura, Tobata, Yahata an Wakamatsu) centered aroond the auncient feudal ceety o Kokura. The ceety's seembol merk is a flouer wi the character "north" (, kita) in the middle an five petals representin the five touns which merged.

Sister ceetiesEedit

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Freemit airtinsEedit