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The northern portion contains what was Asa-gun and southern Takata-gun, now defunct districts (see Takata District, Hiroshima). Asa-gun consisted of Kabe-cho, Kōyō-cho, Asa-cho. Takata-gun included Shiraki-cho. After the four towns were merged with Hiroshima in 1973, they were designated a ward and named Asakita-ku.
The Hiroshima Bunkyo Women's College is located in Asakita-ku.
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