The city is on the coast of the Sea of Japan.
Similar sounding namesEdit
The name of the city of Obama sounds like the name of US President Barack Obama. The American President's name comes from his Kenyan heritage, but it is not uncommon for Japanese and East African names to sound alike.
The American leader first learned about the similar sounding names in 2006 when he visited Japan. At Narita International Airport, the custom official who was stamping his visa was from Obama; and the Japanese man told then-Senator Obama about his home town.
- Hall, John Whitney. (1977). Japan in the Muromachi Age, p. 131.
- Papinot, Edmund. (2003). "Kyōgoku," Nobiliare du Japon, pp. 27-28 [PDF 31-32 of 80]; retrieved 2012-8-22.
- Norimitsu Onishi, "Candidate Wins Support in the East. No, Farther East," New York Times (US). February 19, 2008; "Obama receives backing of Obama," Guardian (UK). 11 February, 2008; retrieved 2012-8-22.
- PM - Japanese town capitalises on Obama name
- "Remarks by President Barack Obama at Suntory Hall," November 14, 2009; excerpt, "And of course, I could not come here without sending my greetings and gratitude to the citizens of Obama, Japan. (Applause.)"
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