Updated Apr 03, 2018
Shimokawa town is located in northern inland area in Hokkaido island of JAPAN.
"Ichinohashi Bio-Village" is a small district of Shimokawa town.
Population of "Ichinohash Bio-Village" was 95, and aging rate was 52.6% at 2010.
Population decline caused the closing of shops and weakening of social partnership.
Aged people had difficulty to remove heavy snow and to pay for the fuel oil for heating because this community was located in snowy and cold area.
Shimokawa town government implemented new collective housing area including community restaurant and mini-shop with woody-biomass district heat supply system.
Furthermore, greenhouse facilities for mushroom and medical plants production were constructed to create economical base for community with the heat.
Young people support the aged people by delivering meal and monitoring health condition in collective housing area.