Iizuka, Fukuoka

Summary

Iizuka
飯塚市
Iizuka City Hall
Iizuka City Hall
Flag of Iizuka
Official seal of Iizuka
Location of Iizuka in Fukuoka Prefecture
Location of Iizuka in Fukuoka Prefecture
Iizuka is located in Japan
Iizuka
Iizuka
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 33°39′N 130°41′E / 33.650°N 130.683°E / 33.650; 130.683Coordinates: 33°39′N 130°41′E / 33.650°N 130.683°E / 33.650; 130.683
CountryJapan
RegionKyushu
PrefectureFukuoka Prefecture
Government
 • MayorMorichika Saitō
Area
 • Total214.07 km2 (82.65 sq mi)
Population
 (August 31, 2016)
 • Total130,015
 • Density607.35/km2 (1,573.0/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+09:00 (JST)
City hall address5-5 Shintateiwa, Iizuka-shi, Fukuoka-ken
820-8501
Websitewww.city.iizuka.lg.jp
Symbols
FlowerCosmos
TreeCamphor Laurel

Iizuka (飯塚市, Iizuka-shi) is a city located at the confluence of the Honami and Onga rivers in central Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. The city was founded on January 20, 1932.

History

Iizuka was an important post-station on the Nagasaki Kaidō during the Edo Era. As Japan industrialised, Iizuka became the center of the most productive coal fields in Japan located throughout the surrounding Chikuho district. After the end of Second World War there was a large influx of people into the city as it was one of the few areas that offered a large number of jobs in the coal mines and related fields. Since the coal mines closed, Iizuka City has suffered from a consistently declining population base. However, its proximity to both Fukuoka City and Kitakyushu City cushioned the effect of the coal industry shutdown and kept the local economy from going into freefall. Now Iizuka has a strong light industrial base and is a center for education and a rapidly expanding IT economy.

Geography and demographics

On March 26, 2006, Iizuka absorbed the towns of Chikuho, Honami, Kaita and Shōnai (all from Kaho District) to create the new and expanded city of Iizuka. As of August 31, 2016, the city has an estimated population of 130,015 and a population density of 607.35 persons per km². The total area is 214.07 km².

Climate

Iizuka has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) with hot summers and cool winters. Precipitation is significant throughout the year, but is much higher in summer than in winter.

Climate data for Iizuka, Fukuoka
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 8.9
(48.0)
9.8
(49.6)
13.9
(57.0)
19.6
(67.3)
23.9
(75.0)
26.7
(80.1)
30.5
(86.9)
31.7
(89.1)
27.8
(82.0)
22.7
(72.9)
17.2
(63.0)
11.7
(53.1)
20.4
(68.7)
Daily mean °C (°F) 4.4
(39.9)
5.1
(41.2)
8.4
(47.1)
13.8
(56.8)
18.2
(64.8)
21.8
(71.2)
26.2
(79.2)
26.8
(80.2)
22.7
(72.9)
16.7
(62.1)
11.5
(52.7)
6.7
(44.1)
15.2
(59.4)
Average low °C (°F) 0.4
(32.7)
1.0
(33.8)
3.3
(37.9)
8.6
(47.5)
13.0
(55.4)
17.8
(64.0)
22.9
(73.2)
23.1
(73.6)
18.8
(65.8)
11.7
(53.1)
6.5
(43.7)
2.1
(35.8)
10.8
(51.4)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 80.7
(3.18)
83.6
(3.29)
113.3
(4.46)
143.7
(5.66)
162.2
(6.39)
292.9
(11.53)
307.6
(12.11)
165.2
(6.50)
184.8
(7.28)
96.1
(3.78)
78.3
(3.08)
58.9
(2.32)
1,767.3
(69.58)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 15
(5.9)
10
(3.9)
2
(0.8)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
4
(1.6)
31
(12.2)
Average relative humidity (%) 71 72 71 72 73 79 80 79 80 77 76 73 75
Mean monthly sunshine hours 97.0 105.7 155.5 165.2 186.7 145.7 172.9 201.4 153.0 170.1 130.3 107.2 1,790.7
Source: NOAA (1961-1990)[1]

People

  • Former prime minister Tarō Asō was born in Iizuka and retains a large house in the city.
  • Japanese filmmaker Hiroshi Teshigahara chose Iizuka as the setting for his film Pitfall which takes place in the coal mines. The film was a collaboration with the author of Pitfall, Kōbō Abe. Teshigahara stated in an interview that Iizuka closely resembled the landscape depicted in the novel.
  • Kenji Suetsugu, the professional English-Japanese translator, was born and grew up in Namazuta, Iizuka. Mr. Suetsugu has been contributing to the globalization of Japanese businesses, enterprises and municipalities, working as a highly experienced translator for these organizations. Mr. Suetsugu translated much tourism information designed for non-Japanese visitors in Japan. Such information includes Iizuka Guide Maps and brochures for non-Japanese people who live, stay and/or visit Iizuka, Kyoto and other parts of Japan.

Primary and secondary schools

The city formerly had a North Korean school, Chikuho Korean Elementary School (筑豊朝鮮初級学校).[2]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Iizuka Climate Normals 1961-1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved January 6, 2013.
  2. ^ "ウリハッキョ一覧" (). Chongryon. November 6, 2005. Retrieved on October 15, 2015.

External links

  • Iizuka City official website (in Japanese)
  • Kyushu Institute of Technology Iizuka campus (in English)