Shōwa, Fukushima

Shōwa (昭和村, Shōwa-mura) is a village located in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 April 2020, the village had an estimated population of 1,236 in 658 households,[1] and a population density of 5.9 persons per km². The total area of the village was 209.46 square kilometres (80.87 sq mi).

Shōwa
昭和村
Komado wetlands in Shōwa, Fukushima
Komado wetlands in Shōwa, Fukushima
Flag of Shōwa
Official seal of Shōwa
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
 (April 2020)
 • Total1,236
 • Density5.9/km2 (15/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

GeographyEdit

Shōwa is located in the western portion of the Aizu region of Fukushima Prefecture, and consists of scattered hamlets along the Nojiri River.

  • Mountains : Mount Hakase
  • Rivers : Nojiri River

Neighboring municipalitiesEdit

ClimateEdit

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]

DemographicsEdit

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

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1920 3,408—    
1930 3,717+9.1%
1940 4,075+9.6%
1950 4,684+14.9%
1960 4,658−0.6%
1970 3,604−22.6%
1980 2,629−27.1%
1990 2,167−17.6%
2000 1,874−13.5%
2010 1,500−20.0%

HistoryEdit

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.

EconomyEdit

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

EducationEdit

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 Middle School
  • Shōwa Elementary School

TransportationEdit

RailwayEdit

The village does not have any passenger rail services.

HighwayEdit

Local attractionsEdit

  • Komado wetlands

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

  Media related to Showa, Fukushima at Wikimedia Commons