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Urasoe, Okinawa

Administration
JapaneseName浦添市
Urashii
Settlement typeCity
CountryJapan
RegionKyūshū (Ryūkyū Islands)
PrefectureOkinawa
Government
MayorMitsuo Gima
Geography
Total Area7.4 sq mi (19.09 km2)
Demography
Total Population110285 (March 2009)
Density (pop.)5777/km2 (14962.4/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneJapan Standard Time (UTC+9)

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|} is a city located in Okinawa, Japan. The neighboring municipalities are Naha to the south, Ginowan to the north, and Nishihara to the east.

Urasoe was the original capital of the Okinawan kingdom of Chūzan for several centuries until it was supplanted by Shuri in the late 14th or early 15th century. For much of the 14th century, Urasoe Castle was the largest on the island of Okinawa.

As of March 2009, the city has an estimated population of 110,285 and a population density of 5,777 persons per km2. The total area is 19.09 km2.

The city was founded on July 1, 1970.

Urasoe is the hometown of Japanese actress, musician and former idol Yukie Nakama.

The beer company Orion Breweries has its headquarters in Urasoe.


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