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city, Shimane ken (prefecture), Honshu, Japan. First formed as a market town, it has been a commercial centre for the surrounding agricultural and stock-raising area since the 18th century. The city has also served as a hub of railway and road transport since the arrival of a railway in 1910. Small-scale traditional industries include silk manufacture, woodworking, brewing, and food processing.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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