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Shintō (榛東村, Shintō-mura) is a village located in Gunma Prefecture, Japan. As of February 2015, the village had an estimated population of 14,343, and a population density of 514 persons per km2. Its total area is 27.92 km2.

Shintō

榛東村
Shintō village office
Shintō village office
Flag of Shintō
Flag
Official seal of Shintō
Seal
Location of Shintō in Gunma Prefecture
Location of Shintō in Gunma Prefecture
Shintō is located in Japan
Shintō
Shintō
 
Coordinates: 36°26′18.18″N 138°58′1.7″E / 36.4383833°N 138.967139°E / 36.4383833; 138.967139Coordinates: 36°26′18.18″N 138°58′1.7″E / 36.4383833°N 138.967139°E / 36.4383833; 138.967139
CountryJapan
RegionKantō
PrefectureGunma Prefecture
DistrictKitagunma
Area
 • Total27.92 km2 (10.78 sq mi)
Population
 (February 2015)
 • Total14,343
 • Density514/km2 (1,330/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
Symbols 
• TreeCryptomeria
• FlowerLilium auratum
• BirdJapanese bush-warbler
Phone number0279-54-2211
Address1258-1 Yamakoda, Shintō-mura, Kitagunma-gun, Gunma-ken 370-3593
Websitehttp://www.vill.shinto.gunma.jp/

GeographyEdit

Located in central Gunma, Shintō sits between the slopes of Mount Haruna and the Tone River region.

Surrounding municipalitiesEdit

HistoryEdit

The area of present-day Shintō contains numerous kofun burial mounds from the 6th century. On April 1, 1889 with the creation of the municipalities system after the Meiji Restoration, Momonoi village was established within Nishigunma District, Gunma. In 1896, Nishigunma District was united with Kataoka District to create Gunma District, which was subsequently divided in 1949 with Momonoi village becoming part of Kitagunma District. The village was the scene of the Girard incident in 1957, in which an American soldier stationed at Shintō shot and killed a Japanese civilian, sparking a jurisdictional dispute between the Japanese and American governments.[1] In 1957, a portion of Sōma village was merged with Momonoi village. Momonoi was renamed Shintō on August 1, 1959.

EconomyEdit

Traditionally, the economy of Shintō was heavily dependent on agriculture; however, the area has developed into a bedroom community for neighboring Takasaki and Maebashi. The village also hosts JGSDF Camp Soumagahara, home of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force JGSDF 12th Brigade

EducationEdit

  • Shintō Middle School
  • Kita Elementary School
  • Minami Elementary School

TransportationEdit

Shintō is not served by any railway services. The nearest station is Gumma-Sōja in the city of Maebashi to the south. Shintō is not served by any national highways.

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

  Media related to Shintō, Gunma at Wikimedia Commons