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Koromo and Toyota
The town of Koromo (挙母市), the predecessor of present day Toyota, was a major producer of silk, and prospered in the Mikawa Region from the Meiji Era through the Taishō period. As the demand for raw silk declined in Japan and abroad, the town entered a period of gradual decline. That decline encouraged Kiichiro Toyoda, cousin of Eiji Toyoda, to look for manufacturing alternatives to the family's automatic loom manufacturing business. This in turn led to the founding of what became the Toyota Motor Corporation.
The town gained city status on March 1, 1951. The town changed its name to Toyota in 1959 and became the sister city of another automotive industry headquarters, Detroit, Michigan, one year later. Toyota-shi is also twinned with the County of Derbyshire, England, of which Toyota operates a manufacturing plant as well.
- March 1, 1951: The town of Koromo from Nishikamo District gained city status.
- September 30, 1956: The city absorbed the village of Takahashi from Nishikamo District.
- January 1, 1959: The city changed its name to Toyota.
- 1960: Became a sister city with Detroit, Michigan, United States.
- March 1, 1964: The city absorbed the town of Kamigo from Hekikai District.
- March 1965: The Sunflower became the city's flower.
- September 1, 1965: The city absorbed the town of Takaoka from Hekikai District.
- April 1, 1967: The city absorbed the town of Sanage from Nishikamo District.
- 1968: The Inaugural Toyota Festival was held.
- April 1, 1970: The city absorbed the village of Matsudaira from Higashikamo District.
- 1979: The Nagoya Railroad (Meitetsu) opened the Toyota New Line (now Toyota Line).
- 1988: The Aichi Loop Line opened.
- 1998: Became a Core City.
- 1999: The Toyota Ohashi opened.
- 2001: Toyota Stadium opened.
- 2005: AiInabu from Higashikamo District to become the current city of Toyota.
- Toyota city official website
- In Toyota land: A township that revolves around Japan's world-famous automotive company... A travel report by Vinod Jacob 18 Aug 2006