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Niihama, Ehime

Administration
JapaneseName新居浜市
CountryJapan
RegionShikoku
PrefectureEhime
Government
MayorRyu Sasaki (since November 2000)
Geography
Total Area90.4 sq mi (234.30 km2)
Demography
Total Population125711 (February 1, 2010)
Density (pop.)536.54/km2 (1389.6/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneJapan Standard Time (UTC+9)

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|} is a city located in the eastern part of Ehime, Japan. It has the third largest population in Ehime, behind the prefectural capital of Matsuyama and the recently expanded city of Imabari.

Niihama was founded on November 3, 1937. It is famous for its Besshi copper mine as well as the annual Niihama Taiko Festival (also known as "The Man Festival", otokomatsuri 男祭り) that is the center of annual drunken and boisterous activity, drawing tourists from around the country to watch this festival.

Niihama is known for its local dialect, Niihama-ben.


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