Kumage District, Kagoshima

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Kumage District in Kagoshima Prefecture.

Kumage (熊毛郡, Kumage-gun) is a district located in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. The district covers two islands from the Ōsumi Islands, Tanegashima and Yakushima.

The district has an estimated population of 29,706 with a total area of 789.16 km², according to 2005 Census.

Contains 3 towns:

History[edit]

  • April 1, 1889 — Due to the town and village status enforcement, the villages of Kitatane, Nakatane, and Minamitane were formed within Kumage District. (3 towns)
  • March 29, 1896 — Absorbed Gomu District. (5 villages)
  • April 1, 1926 — The village of Kitatane gained town status and renamed to become the town of Nishiomote. (1 town, 4 villages)
  • November 10, 1940 — The village of Nakatane gained town status. (2 towns, 3 villages)
  • October 15, 1956 — The village of Minamitane gained town status. (3 towns, 2 villages)
  • April 1, 1958 — The village of Kamiyaku gained town status. (4 towns, 1 village)
  • October 1, 1958 — The town of Nishiomote gained city status. (3 towns, 1 village)
  • April 1, 1959 — The village of Shimoyaku gained town status and renamed to become the town of Yaku. (4 towns)
  • October 1, 2007 — The towns of Kamiyaku and Yaku merged to form the town of Yakushima. (3 towns)

Transportation[edit]

Coordinates: 30°21′14″N 130°31′48″E / 30.354°N 130.53°E / 30.354; 130.53