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Country  Japan
- Tree  Oak
Phone number  0566-41-3311
Population  70,520 (May 2015)
Prefecture  Aichi Prefecture
Region  Chūbu (Tōkai)
- Flower  Japanese iris
Area  37.17 km²
Local time  Sunday 6:20 PM
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Time zone  Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Weather  11°C, Wind NW at 29 km/h, 57% Humidity
Points of interest  Hekinanshi Akashi Park, Hekinanshi Rinkai Park, Hekinan Seaside Aquarium, Kumano Shrine

Hekinan (碧南市, Hekinan-shi) is a city located in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. As of May 2015, the city had an estimated population of 70,520 including 3,227 foreigners. and a population density of 1900 persons per km². The total area was 37.17 square kilometres (14.35 sq mi).

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Map of Hekinan, Aichi Prefecture, Japan

Geography

Hekinan is located in south-central Aichi Prefecture, and is surrounded by Lake Aburagafuchi, the Yahagi River, Kinuura Bay, and Mikawa Bay. Most of the city area lies on reclaimed ground, with an average elevation of under seven meters above sea level. The majority of people live in the center of the city. Factories, farms, and harbors occupy the coast.

Surrounding municipalities

  • Aichi Prefecture
  • Anjō
  • Takahama
  • Nishio
  • Climate

    Gamagōri, Aichi is the closet point that measures climate information.

    History

    Hekinan was established on April 5, 1948 by the merger of the towns of Ohama, Shinkawa and Tanao, and the village of Asahi. As it is located on the southern (南) part of Hekikai District (海郡), the city was named Hekinan (碧南). Hekinan was the tenth city founded in Aichi Prefecture. Since it had harbors and rails, the city developed quickly after Pacific War. On April 1, 1955, one part of the village of Meiji, which is currently called Nishibata, was incorporated into Hekinan. On September 26, 1959, Typhoon Vera also known as the “Isewan Typhoon” heavily damaged the city. On July 14, 1974, Rinkai Kōen Pool or also known as Kinuura Mammoth Pool was opened. Because the city reclaimed the seaside for industrial purposes in 1960's, Hekinan opened this pool for people who complained about losing their beautiful beach. On May 23, 1988, Hekinan Municipal Hospital was opened. In 1993, Hekinan Thermal Generating Station was created by Chubu Electric Power on the reclaimed ground. This provides high tax revenue to the city. On August 17, 2003, since the facility of the Rinkai Kōen Pool became old and the number of the visitors of the pool was reduced, the city shut down the pool. Instead, the city created Hekinan Rinkai Park on the same place.

    Politics

    Hekinan is one of the wealthiest cities in Japan. Its financial capability index is 1.70. This is because the city has Hekinan Thermal Generating Station, which is one of largest thermal power plants in the world.

    City council

    The number of representatives is 26. It is considerably high compared with other cities of similar size.

    Economy

    Cars, metal, tile, and foods are the main industries in the city. In 2006 the number of factories was 463 with 16,778 workers. The value of shipments was 84,356,533 million yen in total in 2006.

    Industry

  • Automobile
  • As Hekinan is located in Aichi, Hekinan's main industry is manufacturing automotive parts. In 2010, there were 9,148 people working in this industry, shipping products worth 47,058,959 yen which is more than half of the amount of shipments in the city. Toyota Industries is the biggest company for the industry in the city. There were 1,722 Toyota employees in Hekinan, or about 10% of the total industrial workers in the city in 2010.

  • Ceramic tile
  • One remarkable industry in the city is related to ceramic roofing tiles. Hekinan is one of the cities that produce Sanshu kawara, a well-known regional brand. In Japan, 58 per cent of tiles, which is about 50,000,000 tiles, are Sanshu kawara.

    Agriculture

    Even though only 4% of the population of Hekinan engage in agriculture, one-quarter of the area is farmland. The main products are carrots, onions, potatoes and figs. Anjo and Hekinan are the largest producer of figs in Japan.

    High schools

  • Hekinan High School
  • Hekinan Technical High School
  • Middle Schools

  • Hekinan Shinkawa Middle School
  • Hekinan Chūō Middle School
  • Hekinan Nishibata Middle School
  • Hekinan Higashi Middle School
  • Hekinan Minami Middle School
  • Elementary schools

  • Hekinan Ōhama Elementary School
  • Hekinan Shinkawa Elementary School
  • Hekinan Tanao Elementary School
  • Hekinan Chūō Elementary School
  • Hekinan Nishibata Elementary School
  • Hekinan Nisshin Elementary School
  • Hekinan Washizuka Elementary School
  • International schools

  • Escola Alegria de Saber (エスコーラ・アレグリア・デ・サベール) - Brazilian school (Ensinos Fundamental e Médio)
  • Transportation

    Toyota, as the home city of Toyota Motors is well-served by expressways and national highways. However, it is the largest city in Japan which was not served by the Japanese National Railways (JNR), or its successor, JR Central. The closest Shinkansen station is Mikawa-Anjō Station in the city of Anjō, although the limited-stop Nozomi and Hikari services do not stop there.

    Railway

  • Meitetsu - Toyota Line
  • Umetsubo – Kamitoyota –Jōsui
  • Meitetsu Mikawa Line - Meitetsu Mikawa Line
  • (Takahama) - Kitashinkawa - Shinkawamachi - Hekinan Chūō - Hekinan(Terminus)
  • Kinuura Rinkai Railway - Hekinan Line
  • (Takahama) - Hekinanshi - Gongenzaki(Terminus)
  • National Route

  • Japan National Route 247
  • Prefectural road

  • Aichi Prefectural road 43
  • Aichi Prefectural road 45
  • Aichi Prefectural road 46
  • Aichi Prefectural road 50
  • Aichi Prefectural road 265
  • Aichi Prefectural road 291
  • Aichi Prefectural road 295
  • Aichi Prefectural road 301
  • Aichi Prefectural road 302
  • Aichi Prefectural road 303
  • Aichi Prefectural road 304
  • Aichi Prefectural road 305
  • Aichi Prefectural road 306
  • Aichi Prefectural road 307
  • Twin towns — Sister cities

    Hekinan is twinned with:

  • Pula, Croatia
  • In April, 2005, the Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia visited to Hekinan in order to participate Expo 2005. During the stay, the Vice Prime Minister proposed to have sister cities relationships between Croatian cities. Hekinan sent officials to Pula in 2006. On April 5, 2007, Hekinan invited the Mayor of Pula for 59th anniversary and established the sister city relationship between the two cities.

  • Edmonds, Washington
  • In order to build Hekinan citizen's international sensibility, the city was looking for a sister city relationship with a city in the Pacific Ocean coast. At the same time, Edmonds considered to have the relationship with one of Japanese cities. Edmonds sent officials to Hekinan in 1986. The two cities start exchanging people for home stay. Two years later, at the ceremony of 40th anniversary of Hekinan, the two cities established the sister-cities relationship.

    Events between Hekinan and Edmonds
  • On April 5, 1988, Hekinan and Edmonds established a Sister city relationship.
  • In 1998, the Hekinan city hall hosted the sculpture by Steve Jensen to celebrate 10th anniversary of the relationships.
  • In 2004, Twenty five Hekinan artists, residents, and officials visited Edmonds to dedicate the Friendship Tree on the Edmonds waterfront.
  • In 2008, Mayor Gary Haakenson visited Hekinan with 18 citizens to celebrate 20th anniversary
  • Yuni, Hokkaidō
  • About 20 people from Hekikaigun moved to Yuni, Mikawa. Since the sounds of the regions were the same, they developed this region very well. This connection made two cities have the sister city relationship at the same date that Edmonds signed the relationship between Hekinan.

  • Toyota, Aichi
  • Local attractions

  • Hekinan Rinkai park
  • Hekinan Sea Side Aquarium (碧南海浜水族館)
  • Hekinan Rinkai Gym
  • Hekinan Rinkai park ground
  • Aoi park
  • Mugaen - Philosophy Taiken Village
  • Akashi Park
  • Hekinan Tatsukichi Fujii Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Myōfuku Temple (妙福寺/志貴毘沙門天)
  • Shōmyō Temple - The temple where is related to Ieyasu Tokugawa.
  • Festivals

    Various festivals are held throughout the year in Hekinan.

    Noted people from Hekinan

  • Hideaki Ōmura – politician
  • Kenzo Suzuki – professional wrestler
  • References

    Hekinan Wikipedia


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