Minamitane, Kagoshima

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Tanegashima Space Center
Tanegashima Space Center
Flag of Minamitane
Official seal of Minamitane
Location of Minamitane in Kagoshima Prefecture
Location of Minamitane in Kagoshima Prefecture
Minamitane is located in Japan
Coordinates: 30°23′53″N 130°54′31″E / 30.39806°N 130.90861°E / 30.39806; 130.90861Coordinates: 30°23′53″N 130°54′31″E / 30.39806°N 130.90861°E / 30.39806; 130.90861
RegionKyushu (Ōsumi Islands)
PrefectureKagoshima Prefecture
 • -MayorHironori Kajiwara (since May 2011)
 • Total110.40 km2 (42.63 sq mi)
(June 1, 2013)
 • Total5,925
 • Density53.7/km2 (139/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreeMyrica rubra
Phone number0997-26-1111
Address2793-1 Nakanoue, Minamitane-chō, Kumage-gun, Kagoshima-ken 891-3792

Minamitane (南種子町, Minamitane-chō) is a town located on Tanegashima, in Kumage District, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan.

As of June 2013, the town has an estimated population of 5,925 and a population density of 53.8 persons per km². The total area is 110.40  km².

The headquarters of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency are located at the Tanegashima Space Center in Minamitane.


Minamitane is located on the southern end of Tanegashima, bordered by the East China Sea to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east, and the town of Nakatane to the north


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 area is subject to frequent typhoons.


Minamitane Village was established on April 1, 1889. In 1879, a government office (役場) was established in the village of Shimama (島間村), also overseeing the villages of Nishino (西之村) and Sakai (坂井村), while another government office was established in Kukinaga (茎永村), also covering the villages of Hirayama (平山村) and Nakano (中之村). These former villages were then merged to form Minamitane Village.[1][2] Minamitane was upgraded to town status on October 15, 1956.



Notable people[edit]

The Mangjeol family of South Korea trace their ancestry to a man from Shimama Village surnamed Amikiri (網切) who went to Korea during the colonial period and settled there. His son married a Korean woman, and his grandson Amikiri Ichirō (網切一郎) chose to remain in South Korea after its independence and naturalised as a South Korean citizen, and changed his name to the Korean reading of its characters, Mangjeol Ilrang.[3][4]


  1. ^ http://www.town.minamitane.kagoshima.jp/outline.html
  2. ^ http://www.post.japanpost.jp/cgi-zip/zipcode.php?pref=46&city=1465020&addr=&cmp=1&mode=list
  3. ^ Choe, Sang-hun (March 23, 2010), "In One Surname, the Turmoil of Two Nations", The New York Times
  4. ^ 金學贊 (Kim Hak-chan) (2003-02-02), "귀화한 일본인 농부 網切一郞씨" [Naturalized Japanese Farmer Mangeol Ilrang], Chosun Ilbo, retrieved 2010-03-28

External links[edit]

Media related to Minamitane, Kagoshima at Wikimedia Commons