Misawa ( Misawa-shi?) is a city located in eastern Aomori Prefecture in the T?hoku region of Japan. As of April 2012, the city had an estimated population of 40,617 and a population density of 338 persons per km2. Its total area was 119.97 km2.
Misawa is the location of a large military base, Misawa Air Base, which is under joint operation of the United States Air Force's 35th Fighter Wing, and Japan Air Self-Defense Force's 3rd Fighter Wing. It is also an important US base for signals intelligence and related activities. The city population figures do not include the estimated 10,000 American military personnel and their dependents stationed at Misawa Air Base