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Wakō is a city located in southern Saitama Prefecture, Japan, bordering on Tokyo.As of May 1, 2008, the city has an estimated population of 76,221 and a population density of 6,900 persons per km². The total area is 11.04 km².It was formerly home to a Honda factory, but is now the location for the company's technical development section. Part of the headquarters function of Honda is scheduled to move from Tokyo. The head offices of RIKEN, famous as a large natural sciences research institute in Japan, are also located in the city. Wakō has a sister city relationship with Longview, WA.HistoryThe city was established as Yamato Town in 1943, and was renamed Wakō on becoming a city on October 31, 1970.Places of historical interest in the City of WakōArchaeological examination of several sites around Wakō has revealed the remains of a number of villages in the area. We now know that people have lived in the area since ancient times.Excavations have revealed a large amount of Jōmon period pottery, stone tools and other remains. Signs of early rice cultivation coinciding with the Yayoi period as well as quantities of Yayoi period pottery and implements have also been found.Myoten-jiThis temple was consecrated by Sudagoro Tokimitsu, the local administrator of Shimoniikura . A statue of Nichiren and a wooden plaque reside in the temple. They are important treasures of the City of Wakō. The plaque bears the inscription: "Namu myoho rengekyo" .
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