Inage Ward is one of the six wards of the city of Chiba in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. As of April 2012, the ward had an estimated population of 156,860 and a population density of 7,380 persons per km²; the total area was 21.25 square kilometres. Inage Ward is located in an inland area of northwest Chiba City; the ward is a flat urbanized area of mixed industry and housing. Wakaba Ward Chuo-ku Ward Mihama Ward Hanamigawa Ward Yotsukaidō, Chiba The area of present-day Inage Ward was settled since ancient times; the Inage Sengen Shrine dates to the 9th century. In modern times, Inage was composed of the villages of Tsuga, Kotegawa and a portion of the town of Chiba in 1889. Kemigawa became a town in 1891, Chiba became a city in 1921. Chiba annexed Tsuga Village and Kemigawa Town in 1937, Kotegawa in 1954. Inage faced Tokyo Bay, given its proximity to Tokyo, was a popular tourist destination for swimming and clamming. Numerous beach huts were constructed along the Tokyo Bay coast; the ward became landlocked by 1961 after the extensive land reclamation projects were completed along the coast of Tokyo Bay in Chiba Prefecture.

As part of the development of Chiba City, numerous planned residential districts were built in Inage after World War II due to the development of the JR East Sōbu and Keisei Chiba lines. The construction of planned housing complexes continues in the ward. With the promotion of Chiba to a designated city, the city gained additional autonomy from Chiba Prefecture and the central government. Accordingly, on April 1, 1992 Inage Ward was established as an administrative unit. Inage Ward is a regional commercial center and bedroom community for central Chiba and Tokyo. In the northern part of the ward is Nairiku Industrial Park. JR East – Sōbu Line Inage - Nishi-Chiba JR East – Chiba Line Keisei Inage - Midoridai Chiba Urban Monorail – Line 2 Sakusabe - Tendai - Anagawa -Sports Center Higashi-Kantō Expressway Keiyō Road Japan National Route 14 Japan National Route 16 Japan National Route 126 The following public buses are available in the Inage-ku. Keisei Bus Chiba Nairiku Bus Chiba City Bus Chiba Kaihin Kotsu Asuka Kotsu Heiwa Kotsu Inage-ku is home to the main campus of Chiba University.

Additionally, Keiai University and Chiba Keizai University are located in the ward. The festival of the Inage Sengen Shrine is held annually on July 15, its kagura, a type of Shinto theatrical dance, is designated a Chiba Prefectural Intangible Treasure. Ryo Kawashima, professional baseball player Satoru Yamagishi – professional soccer player Koki Yonekura – professional soccer player Yasushi Kanda – professional wrestler

Richard Sharp (politician)

Richard Sharp, FRS, FSA known as "Conversation" Sharp, was a British hat-maker, merchant, critic, Member of Parliament, conversationalist. He was at various times known in London society as "Hatter Sharp", "Furrier Sharp", "Copenhagen Sharp" or, most famously of all, as "Conversation Sharp", his grandfather, another Richard Sharp, from a family of clothiers at Romsey, had been apprenticed in 1712 to George Baker, a freeman of the Goldsmiths’ Company of London, but a haberdasher of hats by trade. He completed his apprenticeship, by the early 1730s he was George Baker’s partner in the successful hatting business on Fish Street Hill in the City of London. Baker & Sharp were frequent buyers of beaver at Hudson’s Bay Company sales, which they would have supplied to feltmakers who made the felt "hoods" from which finished hats were fashioned, they had dealings with merchants in South Carolina in the 40s. George Baker retired about 1747, Richard Sharp carried on the business, he took a nephew, John Sharp, into partnership about 1760, but John died in 1766, Richard Sharp now faced a crisis in securing the future of his firm.

His only son called Richard, had obtained a commission as ensign in the 40th Regiment of Foot in 1756. They had two young sons and William. No doubt planning for his successor, the boys’ grandfather took into partnership another hatter, Thomas Cable Davis, who married the boys’ mother in 1769. Next year old Richard Sharp made his will, in which he recorded that Davis had agreed to take one of the grandsons as an apprentice when he was old enough, make him a partner in the hatting business for a three-sevenths share. In 1775, shortly before his death, Sharp added a codicil showing that Richard, the elder of the two boys, had become the apprentice. Provisions were made to loan substantial sums from the estate to Thomas Cable Davis, who must not have had enough capital to maintain the business on his own, if old Sharp’s share was taken out by his executors. By his grandfather’s will, young Richard was to receive £1,500, to be held in trust for him by his uncles until he came of age, he was a partner in the firm of Davis & Sharp, still at No.

6, Fish Street Hill, by 1782. Young Richard Sharp’s future, as a haberdasher of hats in a long-established family business, had thus been settled by the time he was 11 years old, his wealthy grandfather’s determination to keep the business in family hands would have left the child no opportunity to plan for anything different. Before his apprenticeship began, Sharp had been placed with a private tutor at Thaxted, the Rev. John Fell, minister of a Dissenting congregation there, this must have opened his eyes to other possibilities. Sharp and Fell maintained a friendship till Fell’s death, at the age of 24, Sharp wrote a preface to Fell’s book, An Essay towards an English Grammar. Sharp's activities during his third decade show him seeking out intellectual stimulation, finding political issues that interested him, it was not hard to enter the ranks of society where, possible – he had some family money, there were plenty of individuals in and about the City, many of them young, who enjoyed thought-provoking books, fashionable ideas, good conversation.

They were Dissenters like himself. He is reported to have met Samuel Johnson, to have dined with Boswell. Sampling a different career, he was admitted to the Inner Temple on 24 January 1786, though he never was called to the Bar. In 1788 he became a member of the Committee for the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade, he became a member of various reform political clubs over the next few years. In 1798 Sharp left the hatting business, which came to an end when the other partner, his stepfather Davis, died two years later. In response to an invitation from a friend, Samuel Boddington, he now took up a partnership in the latter's West India merchant's firm. A third partner was Sir George Philips; this new enterprise, with the potential for great profits, must have opened the door to the considerable wealth that Sharp was now able to accumulate. The move, would have tested the depth of his anti-slavery sympathies, as the entire West India trade was based on the use of plantation slaves.

A commentator described Sharp at about the age of 30 as: a figure in society, where his great conversational powers and his unbounded goodness of heart made him universally welcome. His judgement was trusted by all who knew him, in years statesmen went to him for counsel and advice, it would scarcely be too much to say. Sharp made so much money as a merchant, through his investments and banking connections, that he left £250,000 in his Will, he was once described as being "one of the most considerable merchants in London". His acquired knowledge of the shipping business, for instance, enabled him to give crucial support and advice to Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1804 when the poet was about to leave England for health reasons; as a respected London critic, Sharp gave assistance and encouragement to both Coleridge and Wordsworth, among many others, although much of their correspondence with Sharp has been sold overseas, some m