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Kagoshima (鹿�?島県 Kagoshima-ken) the southmost prefecture of Kyushu island, in the homeland of the Japanese Imperial State, and encompasses the Ryukyu islands group (�?��?�列島, Ryuku-retto), north of Okinawa. The capital is the city of Kagoshima (鹿�?島市; Kagoshima-shi). The capital city has been nicknamed the 'Naples of JIS', for its bay location, hot weather and impressive volcano, Sakurajima.

Kagoshima prefecture is home to Tanegashima Space Center, the JIS spaceport, located on the south end of Tanegashima (種�?島) island, 115 km from Kyushu.

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