Hōfu (防府市 hōfu-shi) is a city located in Yamaguchi, Japan.
Hōfu(防府) means "the capital(国府) of Suō Province(周防国)". The eastern part of Yamaguchi prefecture was formerly called Suō Province.
The city was founded on August 25, 1936. The city's change during the past fifty years can be visualised in the animated film Mai Mai Miracle, with its story taking place in the year of 1955 (with flashbacks a 1,000 years further back).
Mazda maintains a large automobile factory in Hōfu.
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Sister Cities 
- Akitakata, Hiroshima, Japan since July 16, 1971
- Chuncheon, Gangwon-do, South Korea since October 29, 1991
- Monroe, Michigan, United States, since May 29, 1993
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