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Prefecture Outline

Iwate Prefecture is located in Tohoku (northeastern Honshu Island). Blessed with a vast land area, varied geographical features, and abundant nature, Iwate is a source of great potential.
Because it is geogaphically distant from the heart of Japan, Iwate was once viewed as a remote, undeveloped region. However, the completion of the Shinkansen Super express line now makes the Tokyo metropolitan area accessible in just about two hours. Futhermore, Iwate is promoting regional development by drawing upon the area's unique characteristics

Area: 15,278.86 Km2
The second largest prefecture after Hokkaido, occupying 4% of all the land of Japan

Population : 1,352,388 as of 2008
1.06% of Japan's entire population
Number of households 501,880