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Chiba is a Japanese city located in the Midwest of the prefecture of the same name, of which it is the capital. It is located on Tokyo Bay, 34 km southeast of the Japanese capital. On March 1, 2008, the city had an estimated population of 939,224 and a population density of 3450 inhabitants per km². The total area of this city is 272.08 km².
The city was first mentioned in 1126 when the castle was established at Inohanadai where the Chiba family resided. For a period of 330 years, Chiba flourished as a castle town and during the Edo period (1600-1868) it developed as a relay and port city on the Chiba route (between Sakura and Edo.
It became the prefectural capital with the establishment of Chiba Prefecture in 1873, and with the inauguration of a rail link in the same period, the city received a definitive impetus to become a political, economic and cultural center. Chiba was formally granted city charter in 1921. In the run-up to the Second World War, the city functioned as a military base, a role that was phased out after the Japanese capitulation. In 1992 it became a designated city by decree.
Chiba became the scene of a large-scale land reclamation project in the post-war period of reconstruction, and entered a new era of prosperity as an industrial and commercial city in the heart of the Keiyo industrial area. Today, steel mills and thermal power stations define the industrial landscape, and the port handles one of the largest import/export volumes in the country. The city's business district is located in the northwestern district of Makuhari (which is also the site of the Makuhari Messe, a huge convention and exhibition space. Land reclamation has recently won many housing projects for the city, leading to a significant population increase.