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Shimane Prefecture

Shimane Prefecture
Prefecture information
NameShimane
Japanese島根県
Japanese nameShimane-ken
CapitalMatsue
RegionChūgoku
IslandHonshū
GovernorZenbei Mizoguchi
Area6707.29 km2 (18th)
% water2.7
Population714982 (46th) (December 1, 2010)
Districts5
Municipalities19

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|} is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region on Honshū island. The capital is Matsue. It is the second least populous prefecture in Japan, after its eastern neighbor Tottori. The prefecture has an area elongated from east to west facing the Chūgoku Mountain Range on the south side and to the Sea of Japan on the north side. Most of the cities are near the shoreline of the Sea of Japan. Izumo Taisha in Izumo City is one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan.

The Oki Islands in the Sea of Japan are also part of Shimane Prefecture, which also claims to have jurisdiction over the South Korea-controlled island of Liancourt Rocks (Takeshima).


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