Location of Susaki in K?chi Prefecture
|o Mayor||Kosaku Kusunose (since February 2012)|
|o Total||135.46 km2 (52.30 sq mi)|
(March 31, 2017)
|o Density||170/km2 (430/sq mi)|
|o Tree||Cherry blossom|
|o Flower||Prunus jamasakura|
|o Bird||Alcedo atthis|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (JST)|
|City hall address||1-7 Yamate-machi, Susaki-shi, Kochi-ken|
Susaki's official mascot is Shinjo-kun, a Japanese river otter wearing a hot pot ramen dish for a hat. Japanese river otter is an extinct variety of otter, that was last documented in the mouth of the Shinjo River in Susaki.
Susaki has hit the worldwide press due to an unofficial mascot, also an otter, named Chiitan. Chiitan is somewhat violent, but in a humorous way. John Oliver has an episode discussing the humor of Chiitan. In May 2019, Chiitan was banned from Twitter for inflammatory content. There is speculation that this disturbing but amusing content can help the city of Susaki, either by attracting tourists or because Japanese can donate a portion of their taxes to cities where they are not resident.
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