Mitane, Akita

Mitane (三種町, Mitane-chō) is a town located in Akita Prefecture, Japan. As of 31 January 2020, the town had an estimated population of 16,172, in 6856 households,[1] and a population density of 65 persons per km². . The total area of the town is 248.09 square kilometres (95.79 sq mi).

Mitane

三種町
Mitane Town Hall
Mitane Town Hall
Flag of Mitane
Flag
Official seal of Mitane
Seal
Location of Mitane in Akita Prefecture
Location of Mitane in Akita Prefecture
Mitane is located in Japan
Mitane
Mitane
 
Coordinates: 40°6′6″N 140°0′18″E / 40.10167°N 140.00500°E / 40.10167; 140.00500Coordinates: 40°6′6″N 140°0′18″E / 40.10167°N 140.00500°E / 40.10167; 140.00500
CountryJapan
RegionTōhoku
PrefectureAkita
DistrictYamamoto
Area
 • Total248.09 km2 (95.79 sq mi)
Population
 (January 2020)
 • Total16,172
 • Density65/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreeCryptomeria
- FlowerCherry blossom
- BirdSwan
Phone number0185-85-2111
Address8 Iwayako, Kamogawa-aze, Mitane-chō, Yamamoto-gun, Akita 018-2401
WebsiteOfficial website
Sozaburonuma Park

GeographyEdit

Mitane is located in northwestern Akita Prefecture, bordered by the Sea of Japan to the west.

Neighboring municipalitiesEdit

DemographicsEdit

Per Japanese census data,[2] the population of Mitane peaked at around the year 1950 and has been in steady decline since then.

YearPop.±%
1920 23,761—    
1930 23,743−0.1%
1940 24,579+3.5%
1950 32,389+31.8%
1960 31,733−2.0%
1970 28,168−11.2%
1980 26,089−7.4%
1990 24,151−7.4%
2000 22,112−8.4%
2010 18,879−14.6%

ClimateEdit

Mitane has a Humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) with large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. Precipitation is significant throughout the year, but is heaviest from August to October. The average annual temperature in Mitane is 11.1 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1527 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 25.1 °C, and lowest in January, at around -1.0 °C.[3]

HistoryEdit

The area of present-day Mitane was part of ancient Dewa Province, dominated by the Satake clan during the Edo period, who ruled Kubota Domain under the Tokugawa shogunate. The area was organized into towns and villages within Yamamoto District, Akita with the establishment of the modern municipalities system in 1889. The town of Mitane was created on March 20, 2006, by merging the towns of Hachiryū, Koto'oka, and Yamamoto.

EconomyEdit

The economy of Mitane is based on agriculture. The town produces over 90% of the junsai sold commercially in Japan.[4] The center of transportation and economy is the Shikato district in former Kotooka town.

EducationEdit

Mitane has six public elementary schools and three public middle schools operated by the town government. The town does not have a high school.

TransportationEdit

RailwayEdit

  East Japan Railway Company - Ōu Main Line

HighwayEdit

Noted people from MitaneEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mitane Town official statistics (in Japanese)
  2. ^ Mitane population statistics
  3. ^ Mitane climate data
  4. ^ Yotomo Fukudome (June 14, 2016). "恵みの水面、摘み頃 秋田・三種、ジュンサイの収穫が最盛期". Asahi Shimbun. Asahi Shimbun. p. Evening page 10.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Mitane, Akita at Wikimedia Commons