Shūnan (周南市, Shūnan-shi) is a city located in east central Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.


View of downtown Tokuyama area
View of downtown Tokuyama area
Flag of Shūnan
Location of Shūnan in Yamaguchi Prefecture
Location of Shūnan in Yamaguchi Prefecture
Shūnan is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 34°3′N 131°48′E / 34.050°N 131.800°E / 34.050; 131.800Coordinates: 34°3′N 131°48′E / 34.050°N 131.800°E / 34.050; 131.800
RegionChūgoku (San'yō)
PrefectureYamaguchi Prefecture
 • MayorKenichiro Kimura (since May 2011)
 • Total656.13 km2 (253.33 sq mi)
 (October 1, 2016)
 • Total143,959
 • Density220/km2 (570/sq mi)
 • TreeCinnamomum camphora
 • FlowerSalvia splendens
Time zoneUTC+9 (JST)
City hall address1-1 Kisan-dōri, Shūnan-shi, Yamaguchi-ken

As of October 1, 2016, the city has an estimated population of 143,959 and a population density of 220 persons per km². The total area is 656.13 km².

The modern city of Shūnan was founded on April 21, 2003, by the merger of the cities of Tokuyama and Shinnan'yō, the town of Kumage (from Kumage District), and the town of Kano (from Tsuno District). Its name is derived from the first character (周) of the name of the former Suō Province (周防国), and the character for south (南), reflecting its location, comprising much of the southern part of the old province.

The city is bordered in the west by the cities of Yamaguchi and Hōfu, in the east by Iwakuni, in the southeast by Hikari and Kudamatsu, and in the north by Yoshika, Shimane Prefecture. To the south is the Inland Sea.


  • April 21, 2003: Shūnan is founded by the merger of Tokuyama, Shinnan'yō, Kano (from Tsuno District) and Kumage (from Kumage District). Tsuno District was dissolved as a result of this merger.
  • May 25, 2003: Kazuto Kawamura becomes first mayor.
  • April 22, 2007: Yukio Shimazu defeats Ken'ichirō Kimura to become city's second mayor.



The city previously had a North Korean school, Tokuyama Korean Elementary and Junior High School (徳山朝鮮初中級学校).[1]

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Economy and industryEdit

The food processing company, Shimaya, has headquarters in Shunan. Also, the petroleum company, Idemitsu Kosan; the chemical company, Tosoh and Tokuyama; the iron product company, Nisshin Steel; all have plants based in Shunan.[citation needed]


Before Tokuyama became part of Shūnan, it was one of the host cities of the official 1998 Women's Volleyball World Championship.


  1. ^ "ウリハッキョ一覧" (Archive). Chongryon. November 6, 2005. Retrieved on October 15, 2015.

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