Kawauchi (川内村, Kawauchi-mura) is a village located in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 June 2019, the village had an official registered population of 1,883, and a population density of 9.5 persons per km². The total area of Kawauchi is 197.35 square kilometres (76.20 sq mi).[1] The village was evacuated as a result of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, but as of 2014, all restrictions on residency have been lifted.

Kawauchi

川内村
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Location of Kawauchi in Fukushima Prefecture
Location of Kawauchi in Fukushima Prefecture
Kawauchi is located in Japan
Kawauchi
Kawauchi
 
Coordinates: 37°20′15″N 140°48′34″E / 37.33750°N 140.80944°E / 37.33750; 140.80944Coordinates: 37°20′15″N 140°48′34″E / 37.33750°N 140.80944°E / 37.33750; 140.80944
CountryJapan
RegionTōhoku
PrefectureFukushima
DistrictFutaba
Area
 • Total197.35 km2 (76.20 sq mi)
Population
 (June 1, 2019)
 • Total1,883
 • Density9.5/km2 (25/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreeAbies firma
- FlowerEnkianthus campanulatus
- BirdJapanese bush-warbler
Phone number0240-38-2111
AddressKamikawauchi, Kawauchi-mura, Futaba-gun, Fukushima-ken 979-1292
Websitehttp://www.kawauchimura.jp/

GeographyEdit

Kawauchi is located in the Abukuma Plateau of central Fukushima with a mean altitude of between 400 and 500 meters. North of Kawauchi, there is at 37°22′53″N 140°48′16″E / 37.38139°N 140.80444°E / 37.38139; 140.80444 (Kawauchi Substation) a substation of Kita–Iwaki powerline, a 500 kV-line already designed for future 1100 kV operation.

Surrounding municipalitiesEdit

HistoryEdit

The area of present-day Kawauchi was part of Mutsu Province. After the Meiji restoration, on April 1, 1889, the village of Kawauchi was created within Futaba District, Fukushima.

2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disasterEdit

Kawauchi suffered moderate damage from the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. However, the eastern portion of the village is located within the nominal 20-kilometer exclusion zone of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and as a result of wind patterns following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, the entire population of the village was evacuated by government order by May 2011. A portion of the village was re-opened in March 2012. [2][3]

In August 2014, the government divided the remaining portion of the village into two zones, and projected a lifting of the evacuation order for 275 residents in one of the zones in October.[4]

EconomyEdit

The economy of Kawauchi was formerly heavily dependent on agriculture.

EducationEdit

Kawauchi had two high schools (one public, one private), one jr. high school, one elementary school, and a kindergarten in March 2011. After the evacuation and re-opening of the town both high schools were closed. The jr. high school, elementary school, and kindergarten remain open.

TransportationEdit

RailwayEdit

  • Kawauchi is not served by any train stations.

HighwayEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Home Page" (in Japanese). Katsurao Village. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Japan reopens parts of Fukushima evacuation zone", The Guardian, March 30, 2012.
  3. ^ NHK-World (16 April 2012) Govt. lifts evacuation order for Minamisoma City Archived 2015-02-10 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Myoraku, Asao "Second group of Fukushima residents given OK to return home in evacuation zone", Archived 2015-02-16 at the Wayback Machine The Asahi Shimbun, August 18, 2014.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Kawauchi, Fukushima at Wikimedia Commons