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Nishiwaki

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Nishiwaki is a city located in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. The city was founded on April 1, 1952.The city calls itself "The Navel of Japan (Nihon no Heso)." Located at the crossing of the 135° East meridian and the 35° North parallel, the city's Nihon no Heso Park marks the center of the nation. JR West operates Nihon Heso Station on the Kakogawa Line (in addition to other stations in Nishiwaki).As of May 1, 2011 the city has an estimated population of 43,970, with 16,490 households and a population density of 331.92 persons per km². The total area is 132.47 km².Nishiwaki the sister city of Renton, Washington, U.S.A.On October 1, 2005, the town of Kurodashō (from Taka District) was merged into Nishiwaki.Sister cityNishiwaki, Japan and Renton, WA, became sister cities in 1969. Since then there have been mutual exchanges between the two cities, most notably the annual middle school exchange program which began in 1989 (The US delegation was in Japan from October 3 - 13th, 1989). The initial delegation from the US included (future) actress Casey Strand.
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