Table 1 Number of local authorities, population and area eligible for support under the Mountain Village Promotion Act (as of 1 April 2012)

From: Shrinking communities in Japan: Community ownership of assets as a development potential for rural Japan?

  Mountain villages National total Percentage
Municipalities 734 1719 43
Total Area (million ha) 17.85 37.79 47
 Forest area (million ha) 15.10 25.12 60
 Forest area as percentage of total area 84.6 66.5
Population (million) 4.32 127.77 3
  1. Source: Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, http://www.maff.go.jp/j/nousin/tiiki/sanson/s_about/genzyo/index.html, accessed 6 August 2012.