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Sasebo (佐世保市 Sasebo-shi?) is a Japanese city in Nagasaki Prefecture on the island of Kyushu.[1]

It has been recognized as a special city since 2001.[2]


In 1866, Sasebo was established as a major port for the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN).[1]

Sasebo became an American Naval base in 1945.[1]

Today it is the center of a military district of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (海上自衛隊 Kaijō Jieitai?) or JMSDF.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Saga no Ran" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 826.
  2. Jacobs, A.J. "Japan's Evolving Nested Municipal Hierarchy: The Race for Local Power in the 2000s," Urban Studies Research (2011), Table 3; retrieved 2012-12-18.
  3. Harvard University, Fairbanks Center for Chinese Studies, "Recent Developments in China's Naval Modernization and Foreign Policy Activism," April 2011; retrieved 2011-12-11.

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