Shimojō Village Hall
Location of Shimojō in Nagano Prefecture
|• Total||38.12 km2 (14.72 sq mi)|
|Population (October 2016)|
|• Density||102/km2 (260/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|• Tree||Acer pycnanthum|
|Address||8801-1 Mutsuzawa, Shimojō-mura, Shimoina-gun, Nagano-ken 399-2101|
Shimojō (下條村 Shimojō-mura) is a village located in Shimoina District in southern Nagano Prefecture, in the Chūbu region of Japan. As of 1 October 2016[update], the village had an estimated population of 3,870 and a population density of 102 persons per km². Its total area was 38.12 square kilometres (14.72 sq mi).
Considered to be a "miracle village," the village of Shimojō has defied the declining birthrate noted in Japan as well increasing capital revenue by increasing worker efficiency. In 2003-2005, the village birthrate, "was 2.12...against the national average of 1.25 in 2005" while, "...personal expenses were cut by ¥450 million". Reforms have thus allowed the village to grow without government subsidies due to its sufficient capital which has allowed the village, as village head Ito Kihei remarks, to offer, "places to enjoy...such facilities as a mobile library, a swimming pool and a culture hall [while] enriching the child-raising environment and assistance by making medical expenses free for children through junior high school."
Shimojō is located mountainous southern Nagano Prefecture.
The area of present-day Shimojō was part of ancient Shinano Province. The modern village of Shimojō was established on April 1, 1889 with the establishment of the municipalities system.
Shimojō has one public elementary school and one public middle school operated by the village government. The village does not have a high school.
- The village does not have any passenger railway service
- Kohei, Yano. "'Another Road' Shown by Small Villages - Ooshika & Shimojo in Nagano Pref." Japan Spotlight: Economy, Culture & History. (2007).
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