KYUSHU & OKINAWA
Thanks to their location, both Kyushu and Okinawa are strategic regions which allow Japan to connect with nearby Korea, China and the whole East Asia region in general. Proximity and historical ties combine to create an excellent business environment.
Automotive and semiconductor industries are predominant in Kyushu while tourism and IT drive Okinawa's economy. 
Kyushu and Okinawa respectively account for 8.7% and 0.8% of Japan’s total GDP. (2012) 
40 Fukuoka Prefecture
Long-established industries: ICT, semiconductors, automotive, foodstuffs. Growing industries: biotechnology, environmental technology, hydrogen energy, nanotechnology, robotics, content Industry.
41 Saga Prefecture
Long-established industries: agriculture, foodstuffs, transportation equipment, electrical machinery and equipment, electronic parts, metal products, chemicals, pulp and paper products, pottery.
42 Nagasaki Prefecture
Long-established industries: shipbuilding, general machinery, electronic parts, fisheries, tourism, ceramic.
43 Kumamoto Prefecture
Long-established industries: agriculture, forestry products, fisheries and aquaculture, electronics (semiconductors), transportation equipment (automobile industries), food processing.
44 Oita Prefecture
Long-established industries: agriculture, marine products, steel, petrochemical and chemical plants, electric and precision machinery industries, semiconductors, shipbuilding, traditional industries (breweries, cedar products, bamboo crafts).
45 Miyazaki Prefecture
Long-established industries: foodstuffs, electronic parts, chemicals, beverages, tobacco, rubber.
46 Kagoshima Prefecture
Long-established industries: foods, beverage, electrical and electronics, ceramic, metal.
47 Okinawa Prefecture
Long-established industries: tourism, agriculture/fisheries, civil engineering/construction, petroleum, and wholesale/retail.
Sources and footnotes
Picture: Kumamoto Suizenji-jojuen Park, Kumamoto Prefecture
Picture copyright: EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
Latest update: June 2016