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Takamatsu, Kagawa

Full name高松市 · Takamatsu
Official name高松市 · Takamatsu
Settlement typeCore city
Total Area144.8 sq mi (375.11 km2)
Total Population419361 (January 1, 2010)
Density (pop.)1117.97/km2 (2895.5/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneJapan Standard Time (UTC+9)

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|} is a city located in central Kagawa Prefecture on the island of Shikoku in Japan, and is the seat of the prefectural government. It is designated a core city by the Japanese Government. It is a port city located on the Seto Inland Sea, and is the closest port to Honshu from Shikoku island. For this reason it flourished under the Daimyo (feudal lords) as a castle town in the fiefdom of Takamatsu, during the Edo Period. Takamatsu is a city with a large concentration of nationwide companies' branch offices, which play a large role in its economy, and it contains most of the national government's branch offices for Shikoku. The castle tower formerly used as the symbol of the city was destroyed during the Meiji Period. In 2004, construction of the Symbol Tower, the new symbol of Takamatsu, was completed. The Symbol Tower is located in the Sunport area of the city.The Takamatsu metropolitan region has a population of 670,000, making it the largest in Shikoku. Takamatsu Airport is located in Takamatsu.

On September 26, 2005 the town of Shionoe, from Kagawa District, was merged into Takamatsu. Then on January 10, 2006 Takamatsu absorbed the towns of Aji and Mure, both from Kita District, the towns of Kagawa and Kōnan, both from Kagawa District, and the town of Kokubunji, from Ayauta District, to form the new and expanded city of Takamatsu.

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