(hērä`tso͞okä), city (1990 pop. 245,950), Kanagawa prefecture, central Honshu, Japan, on Sagami Bay and the Sagami River. It is a commercial and industrial center with industries producing automobiles, rubber, chemicals, and machinery.
said Thursday it will close its plant in Mishima, Shizuoka Prefecture, in fiscal 2003, which begins April 1, 2003, and shift the closing plant's operations to its factory in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, to make its production more efficient.
Toshiharu Mitsui, 49, from Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, was arrested Monday after a taxi driver complained to the police the previous day that Mitsui had paid him with a yen bill that turned out to be counterfeit.
Osamu Ichikawa, 34, from Isehara, died after being struck in the head, while Ichiro Mori, 44, from Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, had his left leg severed and Yasuo Ikeda, 56, from Isehara, suffered a broken leg, the police said.