Hiroshima prefecture

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Hiroshima prefecture (広島県 Hiroshima-ken) is an area of Japan located in the Chugoku region of Honshu island, within the southerly San-yo area. Its population was 2,875,000 in 2006.[1]

Hiroshima prefecture shares its name with its own capital city, Hiroshima (広島市 Hiroshima-shi), which is widely known as the site of the world's first atomic bomb attack, on 6th August 1945; approximately 140,000 people were killed by the explosion and its immediate radioactive effects.[2][3]


  1. Japan Statistical Yearbook: 'Population by Prefecture 1920-2006'. Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. .xls document.
  2. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum: 'Damage from the Atomic Bombing'.
  3. Japan Times: '270,000 A-bomb casualties forecast'. 24th October 2007.