Chifuri Power Plant
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Chifuri, where the power plant is located, is a post-war development area.
Starting from the colonization of Manchuria, the first settlements were made on November 11, 1946, in the post-war Showa period. Two years later, the Chifuri Development Agricultural Cooperative was established.
The development site is a semi-cold upland situated at 450m~550m altitude, and the soil is strongly acidic due to volcanic ash, so agriculture based around dairy farming was the main source of livelihood.
Since the current Emperor formed connections with people in the Chifuri area on occasions when he visited the Nasu Imperial Villa from the time he was Crown Prince, newspaper reports announced in September 2005, sixty years after the end of the war, that their Majesties the Emperor and Empress and other members of the imperial family had visited the Chifuri area and composed poetry there.
Shortly after the war, more than ninety development agricultural cooperatives were set up in Tochigi Prefecture, but the only one still in existence is the Chifuri Development Agricultural Cooperative Society.
The land designated for the project was apparently originally occupied by cowsheds, threshing turbines, and roads, but more than thirty years have passed since it fell into disuse, and it had become a copse overgrown with trees.
With the communal living area of the pioneers, and the roads that their children played along as they went to school, the land bears emotional significance for the local people.
We carried out numerous meetings with the landowners and the local people in relation to the development and construction.
Furthermore, since this area is a semi-cold region located at the foot of a mountain, the plant’s design of course took strong winds and snow accumulation into account, as well as a formation design that gave consideration to previous flooding and the subsoil; as a result, we were able to successfully complete a safe and reliable power plant.
A former development area has now become a power plant that produces enough electricity for all the households in the region.
Without forgetting the spirit of the pioneering settlement seventy years ago, we hope that the newly-started Chifuri Power Plant will become a plant that is beloved by the local people.
Project Leader: Masahiro Arai