Hirara, Okinawa

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Hirara (平良市, Hirara-shi), (Miyako: Pїsara) was a city located in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan on the island of Miyako. As of 2003, the city had an estimated population of 33,861 and a density of 521.58 persons per km². The total area was 64.92 km².


Hirara was founded on March 7, 1947.

On October 1, 2005, Hirara, along with the towns of Gusukube, Irabu and Shimoji, and the village of Ueno (all from Miyako District), was merged to create the city of Miyakojima. This merger was one of a large number of mergers that was conducted in 2005, which was nicknamed "the great Heisei mergers".[1]

The merger was conducted by the "Miyako District Municipal Merger Council", which was responsible for planning mergers in Miyako District. Before the merger, the district consisted of all of the Miyako Islands, but now (after the merger) it only consists of Tarama Village.[2]

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  1. ^ "Consolidation of Local Governments in Japan and Effects on Sister City Relationships - Embassy of Japan in the United States (San Francisco)" (PDF). 2006-05-17. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2006-05-17. Retrieved 2021-08-09.
  2. ^ "宮古地区市町村合併協議会". 2004-06-14. Archived from the original on 2004-06-14. Retrieved 2021-08-09.

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