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Himeji (hēmāˈjē) [key], city (1990 pop. 454,360), Hyogo prefecture, SW Honshu, Japan. A railroad and market center, it manufactures cotton textiles and supplies iron and steel for the Osaka-Kobe industrial area. The ruins of a 14th-century castle have been completely restored.

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