Kamikoani Village Hall
Location of Kamikoani in Akita Prefecture
|• Total||256.72 km2 (99.12 sq mi)|
|• Density||8.8/km2 (23/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|- Flower||Ponerorchis kinoshitae|
|Address||Kosawada-aze Mukaikawahara 118, Kamikoani-mura, Kitaakita-gun, Akita-ken 018-4494|
Kamikoani (上小阿仁村, Kamikoani-mura) is a village located in Akita Prefecture, Japan. As of 31 January 2020[update], the village had an estimated population of 2,247 in 1097 households, and a population density 8.8 persons per km². The total area of the village is 256.72 square kilometres (99.12 sq mi).
Kamikoani is located in the flatlands of north-central Akita Prefecture. Due to its inland location, the village is noted for its heavy snowfall in winter.
Per Japanese census data, the population of Kamikoani peaked at around the year 1960 and has been in steady decline since then.
Mitane has a Humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfa) 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 Kamikoani is 9.8 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1626 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 23.3 °C, and lowest in January, at around -3.2 °C.
A “Kotani Village” in Dewa Province is mentioned in records of the area from the period of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. During the Edo period, the area came under the control of the Satake clan, who ruled the northern third of the province from Kubota Domain. After the start of the Meiji period, the area became part of Kitaakita District, Akita Prefecture in 1878. The village of Kamikoani was founded on April 1, 1889 with the establishment of the modern municipalities system.
In February 2008, a male doctor who had been working in remote areas for more than 20 years started working in Kamikoani. He said "This village is the last place in my career as a doctor. I want to continue medication as I have love and interest for people." before working. In fourth month after starting, he intimated his intention of resigning, and quit two months later. In 2009, Yukiko Arisawa, a 61-year-old female doctor, started working Kamikoani, after working on isolated islands and in Thailand. She intimated her intention of resigning in March 2010, but postponed until March 2011 because of concerns that it would take time to find a replacement. For these sudden resignations, Kouhou Kamikoani, the official public relations magazine published by the village office, reported that the doctors suffered from constant harassment by the local villagers. According to the magazine, she had bullying phone calls, and her efforts were criticized. When she installed a light with a sensor in front of her house to deal with patients at night, she was accused of wasting tax money, even though she had paid for the light and the monthly electricity bill herself. Another villager said "I wonder how you could go shopping with having patients waiting." when she went to buy sandwiches because she had no time to have lunch. She managed to have only 18 holidays in 2009, but some people said "How can you have a holiday on weekdays?" and criticized when she had a holiday on August 17. And, someone scattered defamatory leaflet in front of her house.
The economy of Kamikoani is based on agriculture.
Kamikoani has one combined elementary/middle school operated by the village government. The village does not have a high school.
- Kamikoani currently does not have any railway service.
Sister city relations
- Kamikoani Village official statistics (in Japanese)
- Kamikoani population statistics
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- "Rendering great service to Non-Doctor village Dr.Matsuzawa arrives at Kamikoani in Akita". Kawakita Shimpo. February 7, 2008
- March edition. p.16 Kouhou Kamikoani. March 10, 2010
- The only doctor in the village quits. The village is in an uproar for non-doctor crisis. AKITA Archived 2011-07-22 at the Wayback Machine Yomiuri Online. March 12, 2010
- "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Archived from the original on 21 November 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
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