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Kofu (kōˈfō) [key], city (1990 pop. 200,626), capital of Yamanashi prefecture, central Honshu, Japan. It is an industrial center, with manufactures of silk textiles, jewelry, and crystal ware, as well as a collection point for silk cocoons and raw silk. In the 16th cent. Kofu was the castle town of the Takeda family.

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