1989 SJ. Discovered 1989 Sept. 30 by T. Nomura and K. Kawanishi at Minami-Oda.

Named for a city in Hyogo Prefecture and its ancient castle on the Seto inland sea. Ako is famous for its salt production and the story of "Chushin-Gura", which shows the loyalty of samurais to their local lord. Three centuries ago 47 loyal samurais committed harakari after avenging their master. The second discoverer, by profession a dentist, lives in Ako and observes comets and minor planets at his private observatory there. (M 18465)

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