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Overview of Suzuka City

Located in northern Mie Prefecture, Suzuka is blessed with a beautiful natural environment, surrounded with the Ise Bay to the east and the Suzuka Mountains to the west. The city has a rich historical and cultural heritage that gives distinctive color to the town and people's lives today
. Suzuka got its start as a military administered city in December 1942 with the merger of two towns and twelve villages. Its population was initially 52,000. After World War II, many companies in the automobile and other industries accepted its invitation to set up operations, and it became one of the largest inland industrial cities in the Ise Bay area. Farming products are also abundant, and the fertile soil is used to grow tea, flowers, trees, and rice. Suzuka has prospered as a "green industrial city" with a balance of agriculture and industry. In recent years, it has broadened its efforts to include such fields as international exchange and civic culture.
Suzuka covers a total of 197.67 square kilometers, and presently has a population of approximately 200,000. It has achieved balanced development in the fields of industry, economy, culture, and civic life, and has made a name for itself as an international tourist city.

Genkina Suzuka(Lively Suzuka), aired by Mie Television Broadcasting Co. in fiscal 2001
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[Civic Objectives]
1. To cherish nature and make a city rich in greenery.
2. To help each other and create a warm, intimate city.
3. To promote healthy lifestyles, and make the city a place where dreams are born.
4. To promote education and knowledge, and make a city rich in culture.
5. To honor our heritage and make the city strong.

[City tree: zelkova (keyaki)]

Designated as the city tree in 1987 to commemorate the forty-fifth anniversary of the city's founding.
The zelkova symbolizes the rich greenery of Suzuka City.

[City flower: azalea (satsuki)]

Designated as the city flower in 1987 to commemorate the forty-fifth anniversary of the city's establishment.
Azaleas grown in Suzuka City are famous throughout Japan.
[City's mascot: Belldy]

Belldy was created in 1992 as a new character symbolizing Suzuka City to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the city's founding. The name was chosen because suzu in Suzuka means "bell".

[City logo]

A round bell symbolizes the hope for a harmonious city.
administration. Designated in 1944.

[Sister cities]

Bellefontaine, United States
Date friendship pact was signed: August 7, 1991

Honda Motor Co. inaugurated operations in Ohio in 1978 with the establishment of Honda of America Mfg., Inc. Many Honda employees from Japan work at the Marysville, Anna, and East Liberty plants in Ohio. Many employees from Suzuka live with their families in the suburbs of Bellefontaine where the East Liberty plant is located. Exchanges between Japanese and American families began through the efforts of the International Friendship Center of Logan County, and ultimately set the stage for the establishment of a sister-city relationship.

Le Mans, France
Date friendship pact was signed: May 27, 1990

Le Mans hosts the world famous Le Mans 24 Hours Race at the Sarte Circuit, and Suzuka hosts the F1 Japan Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit. Le Mans is home to automobile plants of the Renault group, while Suzuka is home to plants of Honda Motor Co. Both cities are about the same size. Such common features and similarities led to the establishment of a sister-city relationship.