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Jiji or Chichi is an urban township located in the west central portion of Nantou County, Taiwan. In the past, the Jiji township encompassed a much larger area and included the present-day Shueili Township, but today's Jiji is the smallest of Taiwan's townships by area.The epicenter of the major 1999 earthquake in Taiwan was located in and named after the township. In March 2012, it was named one of the Top 10 Small Tourist Towns by the Tourism Bureau of Taiwan.HistoryHan Chinese from Zhangzhou began arriving in the area in 1771. The name originates from "Chiv-Chiv", a phrase in the Formosan languages.Empire of JapanDuring the Japanese era (1895–1945), Jiji was a collection and shipping point for camphor produced in the surrounding areas. By 1940, it was administrated as Shūshū Town, Taichū Prefecture.Republic of ChinaIn 1946, the district name was changed to Yushan District under Shuili Township, Taichung County. In 1950, Jiji separated from Shuili, creating Jiji Township and Shueili Township. During World War II, a U.S. bomber was shot down by Japanese artillery, killing four airmen.DemographicsAs of December 2016, Jiji was home to a total population of 11,035, including 5,745 males and 5,290 females. Historically, the population peaked at 16,395 in 1970, and has fallen steadily since then. By contrast, the number of households grew from 2,772 in 1970 to a high of 4,376 in 2014, falling slightly to 4,308 by 2016.
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