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Kumamoto prefecture shares its name with its own capital city, Kumamoto (熊本市 Kumamoto-shi). Eastwards of the city is the Aso caldera, a volcanic region of which the centre is Mount Aso (阿蘇山 Aso-san), Japan's largest active volcano.
- Japan Statistical Yearbook: 'Population by Prefecture 1920-2006'. Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. .xls document.