Tamura, Fukushima

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Tamura
田村市
City
Tamura City Hall
Tamura City Hall
Flag of Tamura
Flag
Official seal of Tamura
Seal
Location of Tamura in Fukushima Prefecture
Location of Tamura in Fukushima Prefecture
Tamura is located in Japan
Tamura
Tamura
 
Coordinates: 37°26′N 140°34′E / 37.433°N 140.567°E / 37.433; 140.567Coordinates: 37°26′N 140°34′E / 37.433°N 140.567°E / 37.433; 140.567
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Fukushima Prefecture
Government
 • - Mayor Yūkei Tomitsuka
Area
 • Total 458.30 km2 (176.95 sq mi)
Population (December 2014)
 • Total 37,741
 • Density 82.3/km2 (213/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Oak
- Flower Azalea
- Bird Japanese bush warbler
Phone number 0247-82-1111
Address 20 Funehikimachi Funehiki aza Babakawara, Tamura-shi, Fukushima-ken 963-4393
Website official HP

Tamura (田村市 Tamura-shi?) is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. As of December 2014, the city had an estimated population of 37,741 and a population density of 82.3 persons per km². The total area was 458.30 km².

Geography[edit]

Tamura is located in east-central Fukushima Prefecture.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

The area of present-day Tamura was part of ancient Mutsu Province. After the Meiji Restoration, it was organized as part of Tamura District in the Nakadōri region of Iwaki Province. . The villages of Miyakoji, Tokiwa, Katasone, Takine, and Ōgoe were established with the creation of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889. Tokiwa was elevated to town status on July 1, 1898, and the village of Katasone became the town of Funehiki on April 1, 1934. Takine was elevated to town status of April 1, 1940 followed by Ōgoe on February 8, 1942/

The modern city of Tamura was established on March 1, 2005, from the merger of these four towns and one village.

Evacuation after the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster[edit]

After the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster on 11 March 2011, the area containing the former village of Miyakoji was evacuated. On 1 April 2012 residents were allowed to return during daytime hours as decontamination work progressed. The evacuation order was lifted on 1 April 2014. [1] However, doubts remain as to the effectiveness of the radiation decontamination efforts. [2][3][4] [5]

Economy[edit]

Education[edit]

  • Fukushima Prefectural Funahiki High School
  • seven middle schools
  • 16 elementary schools

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

International relations[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

  • Abukuma Limestone Caves
  • Hoshi no Mura ("Village of Stars") Observatory
  • Ohtakadoyayama Transmitter is an LF-time signal transmitter in Miyakoji-machi. It is used for transmitting the time signal JJY on 40 kHz. It uses as transmission antenna a 250 metre tall guyed mast with an umbrella antenna, which is insulated against ground.

Noted people from Tamura[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Tamura, Fukushima at Wikimedia Commons

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