Kumamoto prefecture

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At the heart of Kyushu lies Mount Aso (阿蘇山 Aso-san), Japan's largest active volcano.

Kumamoto prefecture (熊本県 Kumamoto-ken) is an area of Japan located on the island of Kyushu. Its population was 1,836,000 in 2006.[1]

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.


  1. Japan Statistical Yearbook: 'Population by Prefecture 1920-2006'. Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. .xls document.

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