Kure (kōˈrā) [key], city (1990 pop. 216,723), Hiroshima prefecture, SW Honshu, Japan, on Hiroshima Bay. It is a major naval base and port, and merchant ships and oil tankers are built there. In addition to steel and machinery, semiconductor manufacturing devices and micrometers are also manufactured in Kure.
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