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A view of Kikai Island from Hyakunodai hill
Location of Kikai in Kagoshima Prefecture
|Region||Kyushu (Amami Islands)|
|• -Mayor||Kawashima Tateo|
|• Total||56.94 km2 (21.98 sq mi)|
(June 1, 2013)
|• Density||134/km2 (350/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|Address||1746, Ōaza Wan, Kikai-chō, Ōshima-gun, Kagoshima-ken 891-6292|
In June 2013 the town had an estimated population of 7,657 and a population density of 134 persons per km². The total area is 56.94 km². The economy of the town is based on sugar cane, shōchū refining and seasonal tourism.
Kikai occupies all of the island of Kikaijima. The climate is classified as humid subtropical (Köppen climate classification Cfa) with very warm summers and mild winters. Precipitation is high throughout the year, but is highest in the months of May, June and September. The town is subject to frequent typhoons.
Kikai Village was established on April 1, 1908. It was upgraded to town status in 1941. As with all of the Amami Islands, the village came under the administration of the United States from 1 July 1946 to 25 December 1953.
Media related to Kikai, Kagoshima at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (in Japanese)