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Suzuka, Mie

city located in Mie Prefecture, Japan

Suzuka (鈴鹿市, Suzuka-shi) is a Japanese city in Mie Prefecture on the island of Honshū.

Suzuka

鈴鹿市
Suzuka City Office
Suzuka City Office
Flag of Suzuka
Flag
Official seal of Suzuka
Seal
Location of Suzuka in Mie Prefecture
Location of Suzuka in Mie Prefecture
Suzuka is located in Japan
Suzuka
Suzuka
 
Coordinates: 34°52′55.1″N 136°35′3″E / 34.881972°N 136.58417°E / 34.881972; 136.58417Coordinates: 34°52′55.1″N 136°35′3″E / 34.881972°N 136.58417°E / 34.881972; 136.58417
CountryJapan
RegionKansai, Tōkai
PrefectureMie Prefecture
Government
 • - MayorNoriko Suematsu (since May 2011)
Area
 • Total194.46 km2 (75.08 sq mi)
Population
 (August 2015)
 • Total196,835
 • Density1,010/km2 (2,600/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreeJapanese zelkova
- FlowerSatsuki azalea
Phone number059-382-1100
Address1-18-18 Kanbe, Suzuka-shi, Mie-ken 513-8701
Websitewww.city.suzuka.lg.jp

As of 2008, the city has an estimated population of 197,437 and the density of 1,010 people per km². The total area is 194.67 km².

About 83 km east from Nara, and 52 km southwest from Nagoya.

HistoryEdit

In the Edo period, Ishiyakushi-juku and Shōno-juku were 44th and 45th of the 53 shogunate-maintained waystations (shuku-eki) along the Tōkaidō road which connected Edo and Kyoto.[1] Both Tōkaidō rest stops are within the boundaries of modern Suzuka.

In December 1942, two towns and twelve villages were merged to form Suzuka. It was a military administered city, and had a population of 52,000. After World War II, many automotive companies and other industries moved into Suzuka.[2]

Local DialectsEdit

Suzuka is by the Suzuka Quasi National Park (the boundary between Suzuka and Shiga). Since the industrial boom, it has been a interchange point for the main commuter train lines. With the mix of commuters passing through Suzuka city, the local dialect (hōgen) is a mixture of three, variations of Japanese.

IndustryEdit

Suzuka has a significant industrial base. It has large factories for both Sharp and Honda.

Motor racing circuitEdit

 
Suzuka Circuit map

Suzuka Circuit was the home of the Japanese Grand Prix from 1987 to 2006.

The Grand Prix returned in 2009 and the racing continues through the present.

It was the only figure-of-eight circuit in the championship, and is very popular with the drivers.

Next to the circuit is the Honda Safety Riding/Driving School. Thousands of car and motorcycle drivers have been trained at the school. Graduates include many police officers and instructors throughout the world.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Tōkaidō" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 973.
  2. "Overview of Suzuka City". city.suzuka.lg.jp. Suzuka City. Retrieved 2011-07-19.

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