Shōwa, Fukushima

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Shōwa

昭和村
Komado wetlands in Shōwa, Fukushima
Komado wetlands in Shōwa, Fukushima
Flag of Shōwa
Flag
Official seal of Shōwa
Seal
Location of Shōwa in Fukushima Prefecture
Location of Shōwa in Fukushima Prefecture
Shōwa is located in Japan
Shōwa
Shōwa
 
Coordinates: 37°20′7.6″N 139°36′38.3″E / 37.335444°N 139.610639°E / 37.335444; 139.610639Coordinates: 37°20′7.6″N 139°36′38.3″E / 37.335444°N 139.610639°E / 37.335444; 139.610639
CountryJapan
RegionTōhoku
PrefectureFukushima
DistrictŌnuma
Area
 • Total209.46 km2 (80.87 sq mi)
Population
(December 2018)
 • Total1,276
 • Density6.1/km2 (16/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
Phone number0241-57-2114 
Address350 Shimo-Nakatsugawa Sumiyoshi 415, Shōwa-mura, Ōnuma-gun, Fukushima-ken 968-0103
WebsiteOfficial website
Shōwa Village Hall

Shōwa (昭和村, Shōwa-mura) is a village located in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 December 2018, the village had an estimated population of 1,276 in 669 households [1], and a population density of 6.1 persons per km². The total area of the village was 209.46 square kilometres (80.87 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

Shōwa is located in the western portion of the Aizu region of Fukushima Prefecture.

  • Mountains : Mount Hakase
  • Rivers : Nojiri River

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

Climate[edit]

Shōwa has a Humid continental climate (Köppen Dfb) characterized by warm summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall. The average annual temperature in Shōwa is 9.1 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1615 mm with September as the wettest month.The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 22.4 °C, and lowest in January, at around -3.3 °C.[2]

Demographics[edit]

Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Shōwa has declined steadily over the past 40 years.

Census Year Population
1970 3,604
1980 2,629
1990 2,167
2000 1,874
2010 1,500

History[edit]

The area of present-day Shōwa was part of ancient Mutsu Province and formed part of the holdings of Aizu Domain during the Edo period. After the Meiji Restoration, it was organized as part of Ōnuma District within Fukushima Prefecture. The villages of Nojiri and Oashi. were created with the establishment of the modern municipalities system on April 1, 1889. The two villages merged in November 23, 1927 to form the village of Shōwa village. Shōwa was raised to town status on April 1, 1961.

Economy[edit]

The economy is dominated by agriculture, with the cultivation of Ramie being a notable product.

Education[edit]

Shōwa has one public elementary school and one public junior high school operated by the village government.The village does not have a high school.

  • Shōwa Village Shōwa Middle School
  • Shōwa Village Shōwa Elementary School

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

The village is not connected to any passenger rail services.

Highway[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

  • Komado wetlands

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Showa, Fukushima at Wikimedia Commons