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Japan is an island country in East Asia. It is located in the Pacific Ocean it lies to the east of China, Korea, and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea in the south. Its capital and largest city is Tokyo. It has the world's 10th largest population. It is world's largest international creditor and is the sixth largest exporter and importer and is a member of the United Nations. And it is a leading nation in the fields of scientific research, technology, machinery, and medical research with the world's third largest budget for research and development.
Kitakyushu is a municipality located in Fukuoka prefecture, Kyushu, Japan. It is midway between Tokyo and Shanghai. Together with Shimonoseki on Honshu the city is the major part of the Kanmon Straits area, which has a total population of about 1.3 million and Kokura station in Kitakyushu is 20 minutes by Shinkansen from the largest city in Kyushu. In 2005, the population of the city was 998,999 and an area of 484.18 square kilometers.  
The city's symbol mark is a flower with the kanji of Kita in the middle and five petals representing the five towns which came together to make the city in February 1963.   There are several local festivals held in the summer in various parts of the city and including the beautiful Tobata Gion Yamagasa festival in Tobata ward. It is also served by local and express trains on the Kagoshima and the Nippo main lines. Within the city transport is provided by buses and a monorail line.

Kitakyushu is the kind of town you daydream about. It is an attractive city with natural beauty and historical places, while traveling in Japan.

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