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A street in Hikarigaoka, Nerima
Location of Nerima in Tokyo
|• Mayor||Akio Maekawa (since April 2014)|
|• Total||48.08 km2 (18.56 sq mi)|
(May 1, 2016)
|• Density||15,013/km2 (38,880/sq mi)|
|• Tree||Kobushi Magnolia|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (JST)|
|City hall address||6-12-1 Toyotama-kita, Nerima|
As of 1 May 2016[update], the ward has an estimated population of 721,858, with 323,296 households and a population density of 15,013 persons per km². 15,326 foreign residents are registered in the ward. 21.6% of the ward's population is over the age of 65. The total area is 48.08 km².
In October 1, 1932, Nerima town, and Kami-Nerima, Naka-Arai, Shakujii and Ōizumi Villages were incorporated in Old Tokyo City. Prior to the creation of the ward on August 1, 1947, the area had been part of Itabashi. In 1952, the Japan Self-Defense Forces established a base there. The first division of the eastern group of the Ground Self-Defense Force has its headquarters there. The United States Forces Japan already had a base, Grant Heights, which it returned to Japanese control in 1973. Grant Heights had been Narimasu airfield under the Imperial Japanese Army until the end of World War II. The runway is now the main street in front of the IMA department store in Hikarigaoka.
Nerima lies at the northwestern edge of the 23 special wards of Tokyo. Its neighbors are the special wards of Itabashi (to the east), Suginami, Toshima and Nakano (to the south), as well as the cities of Musashino (to the southwest) and Nishi-Tokyo (to the west). To the north lie three cities in Saitama Prefecture: Wako, Asaka and Niiza.
Toei Animation has its headquarters in the Ohizumi Studio in Nerima. Anime International Company has its headquarters in the AIC Digital Building. In addition, Studio Comet, and Mushi Production have their headquarters in Nerima.
Nerima is the setting of Rumiko Takahashi's long running and popular manga and anime series Ranma ½. As one of the first series in either media to achieve widespread popularity in the English speaking world Ranma introduced Nerima to western audiences, with several locations recognizable as backgrounds.
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