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About Gwangmyeong
Yamato, Japan
Establishment of Sisterhood Relationship: Nov. 24, 2009
Features
Classification Description Remarks
Location
Center of Kanagawa Prefecture
40km from Tokyo
 
Area
Area : 27.05㎢
East-West : 3.22km / South-North: 9.79km
0.7 times as wide as Gwangmyeong
Population
223,296 residents / 94,355 households (As of April, 2008)
112,632 men / 110,664 women
0.72 times as many as Gwangmyeong
Transportation
Subway lines: 3
Downtown subway stations: 8 (15 minutes on foot between stations)
Tokyo : 1 hour
Yokohama: 20 minutes
3 national roads/ 1 local road
1 highway (Tomei Highway)
 
Features
Special city fully promoting decentralization
 
Geography
Almost no hills or rolling plains (30m - 90m MSL)
Adjacent to Hakone and Mt. Fuji
 
History
Established the government on Feb. 1, 1959.
14th city established in Kanagawa Prefecture Population growth: 36,000(1959) → 220,000(2008)
 
International Exchange
No exchanges with cities
 
Foreigners residing in city
Around 1,000 Koreans / about 6,500 foreigners
 
Industry/Economy
Hub of transportation, residential areas and agriculture in suburban areas are well developed.
Techno Plaza Yamato - 12 small and medium enterprises have been pursuing joint development as well as individual development.
Residents try to solve local problems. Yamato supports start-up businesses and management which activate the local economy and creating employment.
Main businesses: sales(commerce) and service industry Primary industry: 0.5%, secondary industry : 29.8%, service industry: 67.1%
 
Culture/Tourism
Cultural properties
Hometown of crane dance History Museum, Gwaneumsa Temple, Hakrimsa Temple, Jeongbangsa Temple, etc.
Festivals
Citizens’festival, Industry Expo, Dance Festival of Kanakawa Yamato, Minamirinkan Festival, Wind Chime Festival, Serenity and Green Festival.
Tourists Attractions
Izumi Forest, Tsuruma Natural Forest, Kakurinzi (Kakurin Temple)
There are dozens of other temples, parks and forests.
Specialties
Famous for Japanese drinks, wine, baked cookies and sausage.
 
Education
Goals
School education in cooperation with local/Definite learning/Broad mind and sound body
Projects: Guiding elementary school students/ health and safety education/ prosecution of harmonized and global education/ life-long education center
 
International Exchange
No exchange cities (pursuing global exchange with nearest cities)
Yamato Globalization Association.
Features-One per about 50 residents in the downtown is a foreigner (3rd city with a high number of foreign residents in Prefecture)
Foreigners from Peru and Brazil comprise 40%.
 
History of Sisterhood Relationship Establishment
Jan.31, 2008 : Discussed with the Mayor of Yamato.
Jan.31, 2008 : Working-level meeting.
Mar.31, 2008: Yamato public officials visited Gwangmyeong and reported the facts.
May 10-13, 2008: Gwangmyeong Investigation Team visited Yamato.
Aug. 21, 2008: Korea-China-Japan Youth Exchange.
Sep. 28, 2008: Yamato private organization team visited Gwangmyeong
Dec. 19, 2008:Kwangmoon High School made a sisterhood relationship with Nishi High School in Yamato
Jan. 16-20, 2009: Kwangmoon High School and Yamato Nishi High School implemented the youth exchange program.
May 21-22, 2009 : Yamato Investigation Team visited Gwangmyeong
Nov.24, 2009: Executed the sisterhood relationship agreement between Gwangmyeong and Yamato.
Exchange Activities
June 5-8, 2010: Gwangmyeong Korea-Japan Culture Exchange Association visited Yamato.
Major Exchanges
Youth and cultural exchange on regular visit and friendship visit (19 times)