The Chugoku Region is located in the western part of Japan. It borders the regions of Kyushu, Shikoku and Kansai, making it a transportation hub for all of western Japan.
Infrastructure includes advanced airports and seaports which generate an active movement of people and goods from this region to other parts of Japan and overseas.
Also, the Chugoku Region includes research and development businesses in the fields of electronics, biotechnology, new materials and is leading the world with its advanced technical power. Against this background of industrial concentration, more and more commercial research facilities, including national and other public experimental and research organisations, are being established in the region. 
Chugoku accounts for 5.5% of Japan's total GDP (2012) 
31 Tottori Prefecture
Long-established industries: agriculture, food processing, electronic components, liquid crystal industry, machinery, paper related. Growing industries: biotechnology.
32 Shimane Prefecture
Long-established industries: agriculture, forestry, fisheries, manufacturing industries (machinery, metal, processed marine products, precision machinery), IT-related industries.
33 Okayama Prefecture
Long-established industries: agriculture, textile products, iron and steel, petro-chemistry, lumber, shipbuilding, automotive industries, agricultural machinery. Growing industries: precision machinery, biotechnology, advanced medical equipment, IT.
34 Hiroshima Prefecture
Long-established industries: transportation machinery and equipment (automotive industry, shipbuilding), iron and steel, food products, electronic parts and devices, semiconductors.
35 Yamaguchi Prefecture
Long-established industries: agriculture, forestry, fisheries, marine products, metal, chemicals, petroleum, transportation equipment and general machinery.
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Picture: Miyajima, Hiroshima Prefecture
Picture copyright: EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
Latest update: January 2016