- Kure, Hiroshima
Infobox City Japan
Region= Chūgoku (San'yō)
PopDate= January 2008
CityHallAddress= 4-1-6 Chūō, Kure-shi, Hiroshima-ken
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
populationof 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, 1889Kure Army base founded
October 1, 1902Washō Town, Futagawa Town, Miyahara Village, and Sōyamada Village merge to form Kure City
November 10, 1903Kure Naval Arsenal established
April 1, 1928The towns of Kegoya, Yoshiura, and Aga merge into Kure
April 21, 1941Nigata Town and Hiro Village merge with Kure
May 5, 1945Bombing of Hiro Naval Arsenal
June 22, 1945Bombing of Kure Naval Arsenal
July 1, 1945Kure Air Raid
July 24- July 28, 1945Battle of Kure, American bombers attack the remaining fleet in Kure Naval Base
July 1, 1954Japan Maritime Self Defense Forces founded
October 1, 1956Tennō 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, 2000Kure becomes a Special City
April 1, 2003Shimokamagari Town in Aki District merged into Kure
April 1, 2004Kawajiri Town in Toyota District merged into Kure
March 20, 2005The towns of Ondo, Kurahashi, Kamagari in Aki District and the towns of Yasuura, Toyohama and Yutaka were merged into Kure.
* [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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