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The Yamagano deposit represents the third-largest known gold deposit in the Hokusatsu region of southern Kyushu. Its total historical gold production is 28.4 tonne (t) (Society of Resources and Material, 1989), which places it sixth in terms of gold-producing mines in Japan. Gold mineralization in Japan is dominated by low-sulfidation epithermal deposits of which the Yamagano deposit is typical, and like all other deposits of this style (with the exception of Hishikari) it has ceased production.

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