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Ginowan

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Ginowan is a city located in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan.As of 2012, the city has an estimated population of 94,405, with 40,041 households and a population density of 4,838.8 persons per km². The total area is 19.51 km².The city borders Chatan to the west, Okinawa City to the North, Urasoe to the south and Nishihara to the East.GeographyGinowan is located in the south of Okinawa, and sits on the western coast of the island along the East China Sea. The city sits on gently-sloping coastal terrace composed of Ryukyuan limestone. 38% of the city is occupied by military bases used by the United States.Neighboring municipalitiesClockwise, starting north, Ginowan borders on the following municipalities in Okinawa Prefecture: ChatanKitanakagusukuNakagusukuNishiharaUrasoe Its tourist attractions include two castle ruins.HistoryGinowan was heavily damaged during World War II. After the war, half of the area of the city was allocated for use by the United States military. A refugee camp was built in the Nodake area of Ginowan. The population of the refugee camp increased exponentially, and the area was renamed Nodake City. The American occupation forces abolished Nodake City in 1946, and renamed the area Ginowan Village. Subsequently, the occupation authorities confiscated the main areas of Ginowan to build military bases. The area became a base town with military bases centered in Nodaka and Futenma.
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