Minamata, Kumamoto

Minamata, Kumamoto
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Location of Minamata in Kumamoto
Minamata is located in Japan
Coordinates: 32°13′N 130°24′E / 32.217°N 130.4°E / 32.217; 130.4Coordinates: 32°13′N 130°24′E / 32.217°N 130.4°E / 32.217; 130.4
Country Japan
Region Kyūshū
Prefecture Kumamoto
 - Mayor Katsuaki Miyamoto
 - Total 162.88 km2 (62.9 sq mi)
Population (May 2008)
 - Total 27,856
 - Density 171/km2 (442.9/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City symbols
- Tree Sakura
- Flower Azalea
Phone number 0966-61-1603
Address 1-1-1, Jinnai, Minamata-shi, Kumamoto-ken
Website City of Minamata

Minamata (水俣市 Minamata-shi?) is a city located in Kumamoto prefecture, Japan. It is on the west coast of Kyūshū. The city was founded on April 1, 1949.

As of 2008, the city has an estimated population of 27,856 and the density of 171 persons per km². The total area is 162.88 km².

It is the birthplace of Princess Princess bass player Atsuko Watanabe - October 26, 1964.

Minamata environmental disaster

The city is best known as the former site of an environmental disaster caused by industrial pollution of the bay with mercury; see Minamata disease.

Sister cities

Minamata has a formal sister city agreement with Devonport in Tasmania, Australia. This was ratified in 1996.

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