Minano, Saitama

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Minano 

皆野町 
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Coordinates: 36°4′15″N139°5′55.6″E / 36.07083°N 139.098778°E / 36.07083; 139.098778 Coordinates: 36°4′15″N139°5′55.6″E / 36.07083°N 139.098778°E / 36.07083; 139.098778
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Saitama
District Chichibu
Area
  Total63.74 km2 (24.61 sq mi)
Population
 (March 2021)
  Total9,497
  Density150/km2 (390/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- Tree Ginkgo biloba
- Flower Albizia julibrissin
- Bird Japanese white-eye
Phone number0494-62-1230
Address1420-1 Minano, Minano-machi, Chichibu-gun, Saitama-ken 369-1492
Website Official website
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Chichibu Plateau in Minano

Minano (皆野町, Minano-machi) is a town located in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 January 2021, the town had an estimated population of 9,497 in 3994 households and a population density of 150 persons per km2. [1] The total area of the town is 63.74 square kilometres (24.61 sq mi).

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Geography

Located in western Saitama Prefecture, Minano is on the upper reaches of the Arakawa River.

Surrounding municipalities

Climate

Minano has a Humid continental climate (Köppen Cfa) characterized by warm summers and cool winters with light snowfall. The average annual temperature in Minano is 12.8 °C. The average annual rainfall is 2222 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 24.1 °C, and lowest in January, at around 1.6 °C. [2]

Demographics

Per Japanese census data, [3] the population of Minano has declined steadily for the past 70 years.

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1950 14,852    
1960 14,147−4.7%
1970 13,099−7.4%
1980 12,817−2.2%
1990 12,571−1.9%
2000 12,199−3.0%
2010 10,891−10.7%

History

The village of Minano was created within Chichibu District, Saitama with the establishment of the modern municipalities system on April 1, 1889. It was elevated to town status on November 10, 1928. On September 8, 1943 Minano was merged with the neighboring villages of Kunikami, Kanazawa, Hinozawa, Misawa and Ota to form the new town of Mino. However, the town was dissolved on December 1, 1946 back into its original components. On March 1, 1955, Minano again annexed the neighboring villages of Kunikami, Kanazawa, and Hinozawa followed by the village of Misawa on March 31, 1957.

Government

Minano has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral town council of 12 members. Minano, together with the towns of Higashichichibu, Ogano, Nagatoro and Yokoze, contributes one member to the Saitama Prefectural Assembly. In terms of national politics, the town is part of Saitama 11th district of the lower house of the Diet of Japan.

Economy

The economy of Minano is based primarily on precision machining and agro-tourism.

Education

Minano has three public elementary schools and one public middle school operated by the town government, and one public high school operated by the Saitama Prefectural Board of Education..

Transportation

Railway

CTK logomark 2019.svg Chichibu Railway - Chichibu Main Line

Highway

Local attractions

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References

  1. "Minano town official statistics" (in Japanese). Japan.
  2. Minano climate data
  3. Minano population statistics

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