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Kagoshima prefecture is located at the south end of Kyushu, which is the southernmost of the four main islands in Japan. Since ancient times, it has created a unique history and culture while touching the cultures of countries around the world including China, South Korea and Southeast Asia, by utilizing its geographical characteristics of being located in the south.
Kagoshima prefecture is one of Japan's leading tourist destination blessed with tourist resources such as the islands including a registered world natural heritage Yakushima Island, active volcanoes such as Sakurajima, lush forests, abundant hot springs, rich nature and unique history and culture in an expansive land that spans 600 kilometers from north to south with a mild climate.
It also serves as Japan's food supply base, producing a wealth of quality agricultural and marine products. On the other hand, it has a concentration of sophisticated electronics-related industrial technologies and is the only prefecture in Japan that has a rocket launching facility, which assembles the cream of modern science.
In March 2004, Kyushu Shinkansen bullet train links in Kagoshima between Kagoshima Chuo and Shinyatsushiro opened, significantly improving overland access to Kagoshima by linking it with Hakata in two hours and twelve minutes. In the spring of 2011, all Shinkansen bullet train lines are due to open between Kagoshima Chuo and Hakata, connecting the two cities in approximately one hour and twenty minutes. Moreover, South Kyushu's hub airport, Kagoshima Airport, has three regular international airline routes; Shanghai, Seoul and Taipei as well as many routes that connect it with major cities in Japan such as Tokyo and Osaka, and various islands within the prefecture.
The people of Kagoshima have an open and cheerful disposition characteristic of a southern land, and they bear a kind and amiable human nature. In this way, Kagoshima is filled with a wealth of possibilities for its rich and varied natural environment, geographical characteristics of being open to the south, unique history and culture, diverse industries and technologies and well-qualified human resources.