Kure, Hiroshima

Kure, Hiroshima

Infobox City Japan
Name= Kure
JapaneseName= 呉市

Region= Chūgoku (San'yō)
Prefecture= Hiroshima
Area_km2= 353.74
PopDate= January 2008
Population= 246,118
Density_km2= 696
LatitudeDegrees= 34
LatitudeMinutes= 15
LongtitudeDegrees= 132
LongtitudeMinutes= 34
Tree= Oak
Flower= Camellia

SymbolDescription= Flag
Mayor= Kazutoshi Komura
CityHallPostalCode= 737-8501
CityHallAddress= 4-1-6 Chūō, Kure-shi, Hiroshima-ken
CityHallPhone= 0823-25-3100
CityHallLink= [http://www.city.kure.hiroshima.jp/ Kure City]

nihongo|Kure|呉市|Kure-shi is a city located in Hiroshima prefecture, Japan.

As of the January 1, 2008, the city has an estimated population of 246,118 and a density of 696 persons per km². The total area is 353.74 km².

The city was founded on October 1, 1902. Up until the end of World War II, it served as a military and naval center.Headquarters of Independent Field Records was situated there in 1956.

Kure was the home base of the largest battleship ever built, the Yamato. A museum with a 1:10 scale model of the ship is located in the city.

*July 1, 1889 Kure Army base founded
*October 1, 1902 Washō Town, Futagawa Town, Miyahara Village, and Sōyamada Village merge to form Kure City
*November 10, 1903 Kure Naval Arsenal established
*April 1, 1928 The towns of Kegoya, Yoshiura, and Aga merge into Kure
*April 21, 1941 Nigata Town and Hiro Village merge with Kure
*May 5, 1945 Bombing of Hiro Naval Arsenal
*June 22, 1945 Bombing of Kure Naval Arsenal
*July 1, 1945 Kure Air Raid
*July 24 - July 28, 1945 Battle of Kure, American bombers attack the remaining fleet in Kure Naval Base
*July 1, 1954 Japan Maritime Self Defense Forces founded
*October 1, 1956 Tennō Town (天応町) and Shōwa Village (昭和村) in Aki District and Gōhara Village (郷原村) in Kamo District merge into Kure
*November 1, 2000 Kure becomes a Special City
*April 1, 2003 Shimokamagari Town in Aki District merged into Kure
*April 1, 2004 Kawajiri Town in Toyota District merged into Kure
*March 20, 2005 The towns of Ondo, Kurahashi, Kamagari in Aki District and the towns of Yasuura, Toyohama and Yutaka were merged into Kure.

External links

* [http://www.city.kure.hiroshima.jp/ Kure official website] in Japanese and [http://www.city.kure.hiroshima.jp/english/index.html official site] in English
* [http://apike.ca/japan_kure.html Kure City] Travel and Event Guide

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