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Things to do: sightseeing, shopping, museums
Kashiwazaki is a city located in Niigata Prefecture, Japan.As of May 1, 2008, the city has an estimated population of 92,947 and a population density of 210 persons per km². The total area is 442.70 km².Kashiwazaki is host to many cultural events every year, including the Kaze no Jin festival in May, En Ma Ichi in June, DonGALA in July, and Gion, also in July.The City is also home to the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant, the largest nuclear generating station in the world by net electrical power rating.Municipal timelineThe city was founded on 1 July 1940. (It was the fifth city ever created within Niigata Prefecture).Economy and IndustriesBourbon, which is one of the most famous confectionery companies in Japan, is headquartered in Kashiwazaki.2007 earthquakeOn July 16, 2007, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit off the coast of Kashiwazaki, killing 11, and injuring more than 700, causing massive power outages, a tsunami warning, and other disasters. The quake forced the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant to shut down for 10 months as of May 2008. See also: Effects of the Chūetsu offshore earthquake on the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant
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