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Okhotsk Subprefecture

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Okhotsk Subprefecture (オホーツク総合振興局, Ohōtsuku-sōgō-shinkō-kyoku) is a subprefecture of Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan. It was renamed from the earlier Abashiri Subprefecture on April 1, 2010. Abashiri Subprefecture was established in 1897.

Okhotsk Subprefecture

オホーツク総合振興局
Ohōtsuku-sōgō-shinkō-kyoku
Location of Okhotsk Subprefecture
PrefectureHokkaido
CapitalAbashiri
Area
 • Total10,690.09 km2 (4,127.47 sq mi)
Population
(September 30, 2010)
 • Total309,487
 • Density29/km2 (75/sq mi)

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EtymologyEdit

Abashiri Prefecture was named after the subprefectural office in Abashiri. However, the area was more commonly referred to as the Okhotsk region (オホーツク地方, Ohōtsuku-chihō), as it faces the Sea of Okhotsk, and the name Abashiri was changed to the more commonly used Okhotsk during the administrative redivision of Hokkaido's 14 subprefectures to 9 subprefectural bureaus in April, 2010.

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