Zao Town Hall
Location of Za? in Miyagi Prefecture
|o Mayor||Murakami Eijin|
|o Total||152.83 km2 (59.01 sq mi)|
(May 31, 2020)
|o Density||77/km2 (200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|- Tree||Japanese white pine|
|Address||10 Oji-Enta-ji-Nishiurakita, Za?-machi, Katta-gun, Miyagi-ken 989-0892|
Za? (, Za?-machi) is a town located in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. As of 31 March 2020 , the town had an estimated population of 11,790, and a population density of 77 persons per km² in 4,493 households. The total area of the town is 152.84 square kilometres (59.01 sq mi).
Za? is located in the T?hoku region of northern Japan in southwestern Miyagi Prefecture in the ?u Mountains, bordered by Yamagata Prefecture to the west. Parts of the town are within the borders of Za? Quasi-National Park and Za? K?gen Prefectural Natural Park.
Za? has a humid climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) characterized by mild summers and cold winters. The average annual temperature in Za? is 12.0 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1287 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 24.5 °C, and lowest in January, at around 0.5 °C.
Per Japanese census data, the population of Za? remained steady over the past 40 years.
The area of present-day Za? was part of ancient Mutsu Province, and was part of the holdings of Sendai Domain under the Edo period Tokugawa shogunate. It was made part Katta District in the new Iwaki Province at the start of the Meiji period. The district was transferred to Miyagi Prefecture on 21 August 1876. The villages of Enda and Miyamura was established on April 1, 1889 with the establishment of the post-Meiji restoration modern municipalities system. The two villages merged on April 1, 1955 to form the town of Za?.
Za? has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral town council of 16 members. Za?, collectively with the city of Shiroishi and the town of Shichikashuku, contributes two seats to the Miyagi Prefectural legislature. In terms of national politics, the town is part of Miyagi 3rd district of the lower house of the Diet of Japan.
The economy of Za? is largely based on agriculture (primarily through the use of polytunnels) and forestry and seasonal tourism.
Za? has five public elementary schools and three public middle schools operated by the town government, and one public high school operated by the Miyagi Prefectural Board of Education.
Za? does not have any passenger train service.
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