|Area (rank)||13,782.54 km² (3rd)|
|- % water||0.9%|
|- Population||2,028,752 (17th)|
|- Density||154 /km²|
|- Flower||Nemotoshakunage (Rhododendron brachycarpum)|
|- Tree||Japanese zelkova (Zelkova serrata)|
|- Bird||Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina)|
Symbol of Fukushima Prefecture
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Th prefecture is in the Tōhoku region. It is, about 300 km north of Tokyo.
The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is in this prefecture. The power plant accident in March 2011 forced many people in Fukushima to move away from their homes, especially in the Futaba District.
History[change | edit source]
Geography[change | edit source]
Fukushima is the prefecture that is furthest south in the Tōhoku region. It is the part of Tōhoku closest to Tokyo. It is divided by mountain ranges into three regions called (from west to east) Aizu, Nakadōri, and Hamadōri.
Hamadōri is on the coast of the Pacific Ocean and is the flattest and most temperate region. Nakadōri is the most important agricultural part of the prefecture. The capital city of Fukushima is in this area. Aizu is a tourist destination and has many mountains, scenic lakes, forests, and snowy winters.
Cities[change | edit source]
There are thirteen cities in Fukushima Prefecture:
Towns and villages[change | edit source]
Towns and villages in each district:
National Parks[change | edit source]
National Parks are established in about 13% of the total land area of the prefecture, including
Economy[change | edit source]
The three main industries in Fukushima are manufacturing, trade or commerce, and agriculture. Fukushima is a leading rice producer.
Manufacturing[change | edit source]
Fukushima was the largest manufacturer in Tohoku in 2008. Output was about 5 and a half trillion yen (¥5,568,600,000,000). Manufacturers relied heavily on locally produced electrical power, much of it from nuclear power stations.
Commerce, trade, services[change | edit source]
Trade, including retail businesses, was the second largest industry in 2008 at 4.7 trillion yen (¥4,720,600,000,000).
Agriculture[change | edit source]
In 2009, the prefecture produced ¥245,000,000,000 (245 billion yen) of agricultural products. About 40%, or ¥94,800,000,000 (94 billion yen), was rice. Fukushima was the fifth largest rice producer in the country. Fukushima also produced large amounts of vegetables, meat, and fish. The two largest agricultural producers were the cities of Fukushima and Kōriyama. Those two areas accounted for more than 15% of agricultural production in the prefecture.
Related pages[change | edit source]
- Provinces of Japan
- Prefectures of Japan
- List of regions of Japan
- List of islands of Japan
- Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant
- Nuclear accidents in Japan
References[change | edit source]
- Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2002). "Fukushima-ken" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 218.
- Nussbaum, "Fukushima" at p. 218.
- Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
- Japan Ministry of the Environment, "General overview of area figures for Natural Parks by prefecture"; retrieved 2012-3-13.
- Japan Ministry of the Environment, "Bandai-Asahi National Park" retrieved 2012-3-19.