Ube (ōˈbā) [key], city (1990 pop. 175,053), Yamaguchi prefecture, SW Honshu, Japan, on the Inland Sea. It has a modern harbor and an important chemical industry. Coal mining, once the city's largest industry, has declined steadily since World War II.

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