Mizumaki, Fukuoka

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Mizumaki
水巻町
Town
Mizumaki Town hall
Mizumaki Town hall
Flag of Mizumaki
Flag
Location of Mizumaki in Fukuoka Prefecture
Location of Mizumaki in Fukuoka Prefecture
Mizumaki is located in Japan
Mizumaki
Mizumaki
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 33°51′20″N 130°41′30″E / 33.85556°N 130.69167°E / 33.85556; 130.69167Coordinates: 33°51′20″N 130°41′30″E / 33.85556°N 130.69167°E / 33.85556; 130.69167
Country Japan
Region Kyushu
Prefecture Fukuoka Prefecture
District Onga
Area
 • Total 11.03 km2 (4.26 sq mi)
Population (2016)
 • Total 28,830
 • Density 2,600/km2 (6,800/sq mi)
Symbols
 • Tree Ginkgo
 • Flower cosmos
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Website www.town.mizumaki.fukuoka.jp

Mizumaki (水巻町?, Mizumaki-machi) is a town located in Onga District, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan.

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Mizumaki has a train station on the Kagoshima Main Line, and another on the Fukuhoku Yutaka Line at Higashi-Mizumaki, both operated by Kyushu Railway Company (JR Kyushu).

Mizumaki has a public library.

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History[edit]

About 3000 years ago, the large Ko-Onga Bay covered the area where the town of Mizumaki now lies. Soil and silt carried by the Onga River gradually built up until a flat plain was built up in the area. People began living and planting rice crops on that ground. Terrible floods continually plagued the area.[1]

In the year 1889, the village of Mizumaki was formed when nine villages merged. From that time, the population expanded as workers moved in to work in the prosperous coal mines.

In 1940 Mizumaki officially became a town.

Mizumaki was the site of "Japan Coal Mining Company, Onga Coal Mine" which used forced laborers in the mine, particularly Dutch, American and British POWs in World War II.[2] A memorial called "The Memorial Cross " [3] commemorates the allied POWs who died during the war.

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