?i Town Hall
Location of ?i in Fukui Prefecture
|o Total||212.19 km2 (81.93 sq mi)|
|o Density||38/km2 (99/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|Address||71-7-1 Miyazaki, Takahama-cho, ?i-gun, Fukui-ken 919-2292|
?i (?, ?i-ch?) is a town located in Fukui Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 June 2018 , the town had an estimated population of 8,102 and a population density of 63 persons per km². The total area of the town was 212.19 square kilometres (81.93 sq mi). It is one of the few Hiragana towns in Japan.
?i is located in the far southwestern corner of Fukui Prefecture, bordered by Kyoto Prefecture to the south, Shiga Prefecture to the southeast and the heavily indented ria coast of Wakasa Bay of Sea of Japan to the north. Parts of the town are within the borders of the Wakasa Wan Quasi-National Park.
?i has a Humid climate (Köppen Cfa) characterized by warm, wet summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall. The average annual temperature in ?i is 14.9 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1949 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 27.34 °C, and lowest in January, at around 3.9 °C.
Per Japanese census data, the population of ?i is in decline.
?i is part of ancient Wakasa Province. During the Edo period, the area was part of the holdings of Obama Domain. Following the Meiji restoration, it was organised into part of ?i District in Fukui Prefecture. With the establishment of the modern municipalities system on April 1, 1889, the villages of Saburi, ?shima, and Hong? were established. These villages merged to form the town of ?i on January 15, 1955. On March 3, 2006 the village of Natash?, from Ony? District, was merged into ?i, which is since written with hiragana instead of kanji. Before the merger the town was written .
The economy of ?i, previously dependent on commercial fishing, forestry and agriculture is now very heavily dependent on the nuclear power industry. The partial closure of the ?i Nuclear Power Plant has since the 2011 Fukushima Nuclear Disaster has adversely affected the local economy.
?i has four public elementary schools and two public middle schools operated by the town government. The town does not have a high school.
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