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Kōriyama (郡山市, Kōriyama-shi) is a city in central Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. As of February 2015, the city has an estimated population of 329,339 and a population density of 435 persons per km². The total area was 757.06 km². Kōriyama is designated as a "core city" and functions as a commercial center for Fukushima Prefecture. Kōriyama is the second largest conurbation in the Tōhoku region.
Kōriyama is located in the center of the Nakadōri region of Fukushima Prefecture in the Tōhoku region (37°24′N 140°23′E). The Adatara Mountains are to the north, Lake Inawashiro is to the west, and the Abukuma highlands are to the east. The Abukuma River flows through downtown Kōriyama. The downtown area extends to the west of Kōriyama Station.
Kōriyama originated as a regional governmental center in the Nara period, when the area was on the frontier of Yamato settlement of the Tohoku region. The surrounding area developed into shōen controlled by various samurai clans in the Heian and Kamakura periods. Nearby centers, such as Nihonmatsu developed into castle towns, Kōriyama remained as a commercial center and thrived as a post town because of its importance as a traffic focal point into the Edo period.
With the establishment of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889, the town of Kōriyama was established within Asaka District. In the early Meiji period, many dispossessed samurai were assigned undeveloped lands in the area to reclaim and as a result, the population grew and region developed into an agricultural center. The relative abundance of hydroelectric power also helped with the development of local industry.
Kōriyama was raised from town to city status on September 1, 1924 with the annexation of neighboring Odawara Village. Kuwano Village was likewise annexed on June 1, 1925. During the 1930s, Kōriyama was noted a center for military equipment production. It was thus a target for American bombers during World War II, and the city was subject to three large-scale air raids during the war.
From 1954-1955, Kōriyama expanded by annexing the town of Otsuki and portions of the villages of Tomita and Iwae, and in 1965 annexed the villages of Nishida and Nakata. In 1997, the city received core city designation, giving it increased autonomy from national and prefectural governments.
On March 11, 2011, earthquake caused only minor damage, and Kōriyama is located outside of the mandatory evacuation on created by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.
Kōriyama city is called the "commercial capital in Fukushima" and the economic bloc is the biggest in Fukushima Prefecture. There are many department stores and shops in the area around Kōriyama Station.Principal companies headquartered in Koriyama
XEBIO; sporting goods
Kourakuen; ramen noodle shop chain
York Benimaru; large supermarket retailer with networks in south Tōhoku, Nigata, and North Kanto
Banks headquartered in Koriyama
Kōriyama is an important transportation hub, as it is located in the center of Fukushima Prefecture and is the nexus of several railway lines and expressways. Kōriyama Station is the central station for the city. However, Kōriyama does not have an airport.JR East - Tōhoku Shinkansen
JR East - Tōhoku Main Line
Asaka-Nagamori - Kōriyama - Hiwada
JR East - East Ban'etsu Line
Kōriyama - Mōgi
JR-East - West Ban'etsu Line
Kōriyama - Kikuta - Akogashima - Bandai-Atami - Nakayamajuku
JR East - Suigun Line
Kōriyama - Asaka-Nagamori - Yatagawa - Iwaki-Moriyama
Tōhoku Expressway - Asaka PA - Kōriyama-minami IC - Kōriyama IC - Kōriyama JCT
Ban-etsu Expressway - Kōriyama-higashi IC - Kōriyama JCT - Gohyakugawa PA - Bandai-Atami IC
National Route 4
National Route 49
National Route 228
National Route 294
Fukushima Central Television (Nippon Television chain)
Fukushima Broadcasting (TV Asahi chain)
CATYInformation Network Kōriyama
FM Fukushima (JFN)
Fukushima Mimpō (Fukushima, Mainichi chain)
Fukushima Minyū (Fukushima, Yomiuri chain)
Kahoku Shinpō (Sendai)
Nihon University, Faculty of Engineering
Kōriyama Women's University & Colleges
Kōriyama Women's University Junior College
Open University of Japan, Fukushima Learning Center
Asaka High School
Asaka Mitate Branch High School
Asaka Reimei High School
Kōriyama High School
Kōriyama Higashi High School
Kōriyama Shōgyō High School
Kōriyama Kita Kōgyō High School
Asaka Kaisei High School
Konan High School
Kōriyama Hōsei High School
Tohoku High School of Nihon University
Shōshi Gakuen Shōshi High School
Teikyō Asaka High School
High School affiliated with Kōriyama Women's Colleges
Fukushima Korean School (JA/KO) - North Korean international school
Sources:Takeshi Honda - Figure skater
Toru Iwaya - Mezzotint engraver, painter
Miki Nagasawa - voice actress
Toshiyuki Nishida - actor
Saga(Alice Nine) - musician
Masashi Ohuchi - Olympic weightlifter
Satoru Saito - Actor
Toshio Tamogami - chief of staff of Japan Air Self-Defense Force
Joji Yuasa - composer
Nara, Nara (since 5 August 1971)
Kurume, Fukuoka (since 3 August 1975)
Tottori, Tottori (since 25 November 2005)
Brummen, Netherlands (since 25 June 1988)
Kōriyama Uneme Festival
Koriyama Summer Festival - an Oktoberfest-style festival.
Koriyama Autumn Festival - includes children's activities, taiko and mikoshi parades.