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Kuji

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Kuji is a city located in Iwate Prefecture, Japan. As of September 2015, the city had an estimated population of 35,141 and a population density of 56.4 persons per km². The total area was `623.50sqkm.GeographyKuji is located in far north-eastern Iwate Prefecture, bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Kitakami Mountains to the west. The Kuji River, with a length of flows through the city from its source at Mount Myōjin.Neighboring municipalitiesIwate PrefectureKarumai, IwateKunohe, IwateHirono, IwateNoda, IwateKuzumaki, IwateIwaizumi, IwateHistoryThe area of present-day Kuji was part of ancient Mutsu Province, and has been settled since at least the Jomon period. Amber for the area has been found at archaeological sites dating from the Nara period at the site of Heijo-kyo and Fujiwara-kyo. During the Sengoku period, the area was dominated by various samurai clans before coming under the control of the Nambu clan during the Edo period, who ruled Hachinohe Domain under the Tokugawa shogunate. The area was noted for its production of ironsand, essential in the production of Japanese swords. These deposits were exploited commercially from the Meiji period, but were exhausted by the 1960s.
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