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Karatsu (käräˈtsō) [key], city (1990 pop. 79,207), Saga prefecture, NW Kyushu, Japan, on Karatsu Bay. It is a summer resort and fishing port important historically as Japan's ancient communications point with Korea. Chemicals and porcelain are produced.

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