Nishimeya, Aomori

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Nishimeya
西目屋村
Village
Nishimeya village hall
Nishimeya village hall
Flag of  Nishimeya
Flag
Official seal of  Nishimeya
Seal
Location of Nishimeya in Aomori Prefecture
Location of Nishimeya in Aomori Prefecture
 Nishimeya is located in Japan
 Nishimeya
Nishimeya
 
Coordinates: 40°34′36.2″N 140°17′46.5″E / 40.576722°N 140.296250°E / 40.576722; 140.296250Coordinates: 40°34′36.2″N 140°17′46.5″E / 40.576722°N 140.296250°E / 40.576722; 140.296250
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Aomori
District Nakatsugaru
Area
 • Total 246.02 km2 (94.99 sq mi)
Population (January 1, 2018)
 • Total 1,356
 • Density 5.91/km2 (15.3/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City symbols  
• Bird Black woodpecker
Phone number 0172-85-2111
Address 144 Inamoto, Tashiro Nishimeya-mura, Nakatsugaru-gun, Aomori-ken 036-1492
Website Official website

Nishimeya (西目屋村, Nishimeya-mura) is a village located in Aomori Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 January 2018, the village had an estimated population of 1,356 in 531 households,[1] and a population density of 5.91 persons per km2. The total area of the village is 246.02 square kilometres (94.99 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

Nishimeya is located in the far southern edge of Aomori Prefecture, bordering Akita Prefecture and the Shirakami-Sanchi mountain range. The Iwaki River flows through the village. A portion of the Akaishi Keiryū Anmon no Taki Prefectural Natural Park is located in Nishimeya.

The village has cold humid continental climate (Köppen Dfb) characterized by warm short summers and long cold winters with heavy snowfall. The average annual temperature in Nishimeya is 10.0 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1423 mm with September as the wettest month.The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 23.6 °C, and lowest in January, at around -2.3 °C.[2].

The mountainous area is home to many indigenous plant and animal species. Wildlife includes Japanese macaque monkeys, kamoshika, tanuki and Asian black bears.

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Nishimeya has decreased by more than half over the past 40 years.

Census Year Population
1970 4,327
1980 2,812
1990 2,225
2000 2,049
2010 1,594

History[edit]

The area around Nishimeya was controlled by the Tsugaru clan of Hirosaki Domain during the Edo period. It became a village of the Nakatsugaru District on April 1, 1898, with the establishment of the municipalities system after the start of the Meiji period.

Economy[edit]

The economy of Nishimeya is heavily dependent on agriculture and forestry.

Education[edit]

Nishimeya has one elementary school by village town government. The village does not have a junior high school or a high school.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

  • The village does not have any passenger railway service

Highway[edit]

  • The village is not located on any national highway.

Sister city relations[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ official home page(in Japanese)
  2. ^ Nishimeya climate data
  3. ^ Nishimeya population statistics
  4. ^ "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Archived from the original on 22 November 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015. 

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