Tamura, Fukushima

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Tamura

田村市
Central Tamura (2015)
Central Tamura (2015)
Flag of Tamura
Flag
Official seal of Tamura
Seal
Location of Tamura in Fukushima Prefecture
Location of Tamura in Fukushima Prefecture
Tamura is located in Japan
Tamura
Tamura
 
Coordinates: 37°26′N 140°34′E / 37.433°N 140.567°E / 37.433; 140.567Coordinates: 37°26′N 140°34′E / 37.433°N 140.567°E / 37.433; 140.567
CountryJapan
RegionTōhoku
PrefectureFukushima Prefecture
Government
 • MayorJinichi Honda
Area
 • Total458.30 km2 (176.95 sq mi)
Population
(March 2018)
 • Total37,025
 • Density81/km2 (210/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreeOak
- FlowerAzalea
- BirdJapanese bush warbler
Phone number0247-82-1111
Address76 Funehikimachi Funehiki aza hatazoe, Tamura-shi, Fukushima-ken 963-4393
WebsiteOfficial website
Tamura City Hall

Tamura (田村市, Tamura-shi) is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 March 2018, the city had an estimated population of 37,025 in 12,709 households[1] and a population density of 82.3 persons per km². The total area of the city was 458.30 square kilometres (176.95 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

Tamura is located in east-central Fukushima Prefecture. The town is located in an hilly region of the Abukuma Mountains. Tamura has a humid continental climate (Köppen Cfa) characterized by mild summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall. The average annual temperature in Tamura is 10.4 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1368 mm with September as the wettest month.The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 23.1 °C, and lowest in January, at around -0.1 °C.[2]

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

Demographics[edit]

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

Census Year Population
1970 52,926
1980 48,932
1990 46,758
2000 45,054
2010 40,422

History[edit]

The area of present-day Tamura was part of ancient Mutsu Province. Much of the area was part of Miharu Domain under the Edo period Tokugawa shogunate. After the Meiji Restoration, the area was organized as part of Tamura District in the Nakadōri region of Iwaki Province.

The villages of Miyakoji, Tokiwa, Katasone, Takine, and Ōgoe were established with the creation of the modern municipalities system on April 1, 1889. Tokiwa was elevated to town status on July 1, 1898, and the village of Katasone became the town of Funehiki on April 1, 1934. Takine was elevated to town status of April 1, 1940 followed by Ōgoe on February 8, 1942.

The modern city of Tamura was established on March 1, 2005, from the merger of these four towns and one village.

Evacuation after the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster[edit]

After the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster on 11 March 2011, the area containing the former village of Miyakoji was evacuated. On 1 April 2012 residents were allowed to return during daytime hours as decontamination work progressed. The evacuation order was lifted on 1 April 2014.[4] However, doubts remain as to the effectiveness of the radiation decontamination efforts. [5][6][7] [8]

Government[edit]

Tamura has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city legislature of 20 members.

Economy[edit]

Education[edit]

Tamura has 16 public elementary schools and seven public junior high school operated by the town government, and one public high school operated by the Fukushima Board of Education.

  • Fukushima Prefectural Funehiki High School

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

International relations[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

Abukuma Cave
  • Abukuma Limestone Caves
  • Hoshi no Mura ("Village of Stars") Observatory
  • Ohtakadoyayama Transmitter is an LF-time signal transmitter in Miyakoji-machi. It is used for transmitting the time signal JJY on 40 kHz. It uses as transmission antenna a 250 metre tall guyed mast with an umbrella antenna, which is insulated against ground.

Noted people from Tamura[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Tamura, Fukushima at Wikimedia Commons

References[edit]

  1. ^ home page official statistics(in Japanese)
  2. ^ Tamura climate data
  3. ^ Tamura population statistics
  4. ^ World Nuclear News (1 April 2014) First Fukushima residents go home to Miyakoji
  5. ^ The Asahi Shimbun (23 March 2013)Fukushima cleanup contractors told workers to lie about pay in 'surprise' inspections Archived 2014-11-25 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ The Mainich Shimbun (08 June 2013) Data reveals that 75 percent of decontamination work in housing areas remains unfinished Archived 2013-07-01 at Archive.today
  7. ^ The Mainichi Shimbun (27 May 2013) Subcontractor chided for sacking Fukushima decontamination work whistle-blowers Archived 2013-07-01 at Archive.today
  8. ^ The Asahi Shimbun (29 June 2013) Government offers dosimeters--not decontamination--for Fukushima evacuees Archived 2015-01-05 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "US-Japan Sister Cities by State". Asia Matters for America. Honolulu, HI: East-West Center. Retrieved 20 November 2015.