Shimane

Shimane

(shĭmä`nā), prefecture (1990 pop. 781,005), SW Honshu, Japan, on the Sea of Japan. MatsueMatsue
, city (1990 pop. 142,956), capital of Shimane prefecture, SW Honshu, Japan, a port on the Sea of Japan. It is an important distribution center and a popular tourist spot. Landmarks include the 17th cent.
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 (the capital), HamadaHamada
, city (1990 pop. 49,135), Shimane prefecture, SW Honshu, Japan, on the Japan Sea. It is a fishing and commercial port.
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, city (1990 pop. 82,679), Shimane prefecture, SW Honshu, Japan, on the Hii River. It is an important railway and road hub and stock-raising center. Its smaller industries include silk manufacture, woodworking, and brewing.
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 are the most important cities. Stock raising, lumbering, and rice growing are important activities. The Oki Islands are part of Shimane.

Shimane

 

a prefecture in Japan, in the southwestern part of the island of Honshu. Area, 6,600 sq km. Population. 769,000 (1975), approximately one-half urban. The capital is Matsue.

Shimane Prefecture, a part of Chugoku economic region, is one of Japan’s less developed prefectures. Agriculture and fishing are the mainstays of the economy. About 69,000 hectares of land are under cultivation, principally in rice, which yielded a harvest of 170,000 tons in 1972. Vegetables, grapes, flowers, tobacco, and ginseng are also grown. About 63,000 head of cattle are raised, primarily for meat and to a lesser extent for dairy products. Forest products are of some importance to the economy of the prefecture.

Shimane Prefecture produces copper ore, lead, molybdenum, iron sands (Torikami-mura region), arsenic (Sasagatani), and gypsum. It has a hydroelectric power plant; a nuclear power plant, with a capacity of 460 megawatts, is under construction in the city of Kashima (1975). Shimane Prefecture’s major industries are metallurgy and the textile, food-and-condiments, pulp-and-paper, and wood-products industries. Traditional handicrafts include the manufacture of ceramics and lacquer ware. A new industrial complex is under construction near Kashima.

Shimane Prefecture has tourism and national parks at lki Islet, Shimane Peninsula, and Mount M ihe.

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This created a sense of victimhood in Shimane Prefecture, which by passing the 'Takeshima Day' ordinance in 2005 brought the territorial dispute to the fore of the domestic debates on Japan's relations with South Korea.
In June, the companies are scheduled to begin adjusting the detection sensitivity and other factors for the system to be deployed at the Shimane plant as part of ensuring the system's effectiveness.
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The protesters took to the streets near the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on Saturday, countering an annual rally held in Shimane prefecture in western Japan to mark Tokyo's claim to the islands controlled by South Korea, press tv reported.
The three include Norio Kuboi, deputy director of an organization opposed to Shimane Prefecture's designation of a day commemorating the islets incorporation as Japanese territory more than a century ago.
The meeting also came on the heels of Seoul lodging a protest with Tokyo last Friday over the sending of a senior official for the first time to a local government ceremony commemorating the day the islands were incorporated into Shimane Prefecture in 1905.
Evacuation plan set in event of disaster of Shimane atomic plant
The Shimane prefectural government started formulating a preparedness plan after the Fukushima nuclear crisis in March 2011.