Nagasaki prefecture

Nagasaki prefecture. Located in northwestern Kyushu. The prefecture is composed of four hilly peninsulas and many offshore islands. Historically it played an important role as a channel through which cultures from abroad entered Japan. During the centuries under the national policy of seclusion in Edo period (1603-1867), Nagasaki was Japan's only window on the Western world. The main industries are manufacturing and fishing as well as tourism. Pop.: approx. 1,512,000 (2001).

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