Ashiro, Iwate

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Former municipality
Flag of Ashiro
Location of Ashiro in Iwate Prefecture
Location of Ashiro in Iwate Prefecture
Ashiro is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 40°06′N 141°03′E / 40.100°N 141.050°E / 40.100; 141.050Coordinates: 40°06′N 141°03′E / 40.100°N 141.050°E / 40.100; 141.050
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Iwate Prefecture
District Iwate
Merged September 1, 2005
(now part of Hachimantai)
 • Total 460.24 km2 (177.70 sq mi)
Population (September 1, 2005)
 • Total 5,841
 • Density 12.69/km2 (32.9/sq mi)
 • Tree Fagus crenata
 • Flower Gentiana scabra
 • Bird Copper pheasant
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)

Ashiro (安代町?, Ashiro-chō) was a town located in Iwate District, Iwate Prefecture, Japan.

The villages of Arasawa and Tayama were created on April 1, 1889 within Ninohe District with the establishment of the municipality system. These villages merged on September 30, 1956 to create the town of Ashiro. On April 1, 2002, Ashiro was transferred from Ninohe District to Iwate District. On September 1, 2005 Ashiro, along with the town of Nishine, and the village of Matsuo (all from Iwate District), was merged to create the city of Hachimantai and no longer exists as an independent municipality.

As of September 2005, the town had an estimated population of 5,841 and a population density of 12.69 persons per km². The total area was 460.24 km².

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