Kawauchi, Fukushima

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Flag of Kawauchi
Official seal of Kawauchi
Location of Kawauchi in Fukushima Prefecture
Location of Kawauchi in Fukushima Prefecture
Kawauchi is located in Japan
Coordinates: 37°20′15″N 140°48′34″E / 37.33750°N 140.80944°E / 37.33750; 140.80944Coordinates: 37°20′15″N 140°48′34″E / 37.33750°N 140.80944°E / 37.33750; 140.80944
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Fukushima
District Futaba
 • Total 197.38 km2 (76.21 sq mi)
Population (December 2014)
 • Total 2,552
 • Density 12.9/km2 (33/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Abies firma
- Flower Enkianthus campanulatus
- Bird Japanese bush-warbler
Phone number 0240-38-2111
Address Kamikawauchi, Kawauchi-mura, Futaba-gun, Fukushima-ken 979-1292
Website Official website

Kawauchi (川内村, Kawauchi-mura) is a village located in Futaba District, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. As of December 2014, the village had an official registered population of 2,552 and a population density of 12.9 persons per km², although the current actual resident population is much lower. The total area of Kawauchi is 197.38 square kilometres (76.21 sq mi).[1] The village was evacuated as a result of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, but as of 2014 all restrictions on residency have been lifted.


Kawauchi is located in the Abukuma Plateau of central Fukushima with a mean altitude of between 400 and 500 meters. North of Kawauchi, there is at 37°22′53″N 140°48′16″E / 37.38139°N 140.80444°E / 37.38139; 140.80444 (Kawauchi Substation) a substation of Kita–Iwaki powerline, a 500 kV-line already designed for future 1100 kV operation.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]


The area of present-day Kawauchi was part of Mutsu Province. After the Meiji restoration, on April 1, 1889, the village of Kawauchi was created within Futaba District, Fukushima.

2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster[edit]

Kawauchi suffered moderate damage from the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. However, the eastern portion of the village is located within the nominal 20-kilometer exclusion zone of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and as a result of wind patterns following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, the entire population of the village was evacuated by government order by May 2011. A portion of the village was re-opened in March 2012. [2][3]

In August 2014, the government divided the remaining portion of the village into two zones, and projected a lifting of the evacuation order for 275 residents in one of the zones in October.[4]


The economy of Kawauchi was formerly heavily dependent on agriculture.


Kawauchi had two high schools (one public, one private), one jr. high school, one elementary school, and a kindergarten in March 2011. After the evacuation and re-opening of the town both high schools were closed. The jr. high school, elementary school, and kindergarten remain open.



  • Kawauchi is not served by any train stations.



  1. ^ "Home Page" (in Japanese). Katsurao Village. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Japan reopens parts of Fukushima evacuation zone", The Guardian, March 30, 2012.
  3. ^ NHK-World (16 April 2012) Govt. lifts evacuation order for Minamisoma City
  4. ^ Myoraku, Asao "Second group of Fukushima residents given OK to return home in evacuation zone", Archived 2015-02-16 at the Wayback Machine. The Asahi Shimbun, August 18, 2014.