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 is a city located in Kagoshimamarker, Japanmarker on the island of Tanegashimamarker.

As of 2008, the city has an estimated population of 17,666 and the density of 85.9 persons per km². The total area is 205.75 km².

The city was founded on 1 October 1958.

It has been twinned with Vila do Bispomarker, Portugalmarker since 1 October 1993 in recognition of the fact that it was Fernão Mendes Pinto a Portuguese who claimed to be the first European to set foot on Japan and did so on Tanegashima in 1543.


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  1. Embassy of Portugal to Japan

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