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Ashio (足尾町, Ashio-machi) was a town located in Kamitsuga District, Tochigi, Japan.

Map of Ashiomachi, Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture 321-1511, Japan

As of 2003, the town had an estimated population of 3,465 and a density of 18.65 persons per km². The total area was 185.79 km².

On March 20, 2006, Ashio, along with the city of Imaichi, the town of Fujihara, and the village of Kuriyama (both from Shioya District), was merged into the expanded city of Nikkō.

Ashio was the location of a copper mine that caused a major pollution problem in Japan at the beginning of the 20th century. Subsequent environmental problems related to the mine are still evident along the river, in Tochigi, Gunma and Ibaraki Prefectures. In 1907 the miners here rioted.

The following communities agreed to seek the permission of the governor of the prefecture to merge on March 1, 2006:

  • Nikkō
  • Imaichi
  • Ashio
  • Fujihara
  • Kuriyama
  • References

    Ashio, Tochigi Wikipedia

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