Location and Brief History
Population and Household
Industrial Structure
Brief History of
   Industrial Developments
Location, Transportation Network
and Jurisdiction
Brief History
Population and Employment
Industrial Structure
Outline of The City’s Industries
Primary Industry
Secondary Industry
Tertiary Industry
Strategic Plans for the Future
Brief History
Population and Household
The Toronto Economy
Recent Trends
Characteristics of
   the Toronto Economy
Areas of Concern
   in the Toronto Economy
_________ For the Future
Annual Events
Location and Brief History

(1) Location

     The city is located 35 - 40 kilometers southwest of the Metropolitan Area of Tokyo and connected to the center of the Area and Yokohama, another city in the same Prefecture of Kanagawa, by JR Yokohama line and two other private railway lines, Odakyu and Keio-Sagamihara Line. The city is also connected, on the national expressway network, with Tomei (Tokyo-Nagoya) Expressway and Chuo Expressway by two trunk roads, Route No.16 and No.129. From the viewpoint of transport, therefore, it is very conveniently placed as shown hereunder in the map. In the future, the city is expected to offer more geographical advantages because of it's projected linkage with Expressways, such as, Kan-etsu, Tohoku, Johban and Higashi-Kanto, in connection with the construction of Sagami Highway, which is to extend from north to south across the city.

(2) Brief History

     Years ago, in the present City of Sagamihara, a number of villages were dotted along the three rivers, the Sagami, the Hato and the Sakai, with farming as the main source of income for life. Throughout the period from Edo Era (1603 - 1868) to Meiji Era (1868 - 1912), the extensive stretch of land was developed,but not successful mainly due to shortage of water resources needed for irrigated rice cultivation. In the course of time, therefore, people in the area came to earn their living, with silk reeling as the main industry.
     In the new era of Showa (1926 - 1989), the local authorities paid more attention, in developing the area, to construction of military bases in accordance with the Japanese government's "Military Town Project", and in 1941, 2 towns and 6 villages in the area were merged into a new town of Sagamihara. After the end of World War II, most of the military bases were taken over by the U.S. forces and under the new Japan-U.S. relationship, the town flourished as a "town of military bases".
     The town was municipalized in 1954. Since then, an increasing number of businesses and factories have been brought into the city under the municipal administration's aggressive measures to attract industries on one hand. Through the unprecedented rapid growth in population on the other, it has developed into a central key city in the broader suburban region adjacent to the Metropolitan Area of Tokyo.
     Now the City of Sagamihara is on the steady way towards further growth and prosperity as a core industrialized and residential city, full of vigor and vitality, with potentials for the future.

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