Among Tohoku’s trading partners, Asia and North America account for 73% of all exports from the region. The main trading partners in Asia are China and South Korea. As for imports, Tohoku’s main trading partner is Asia, which accounts for one-third of all imports to Tohoku, followed by the Middle East and Oceania. In Tohoku, the share of imports from Asia is low and that from Oceania is high compared with the rest of the country. The region is specialised in the electrical machinery and food industry sectors. 
Tohoku accounts for 8% of Japan’s total GDP. (2012) 
02 Aomori Prefecture
Long-established industries: agriculture, forestry and fisheries, retail trade (food and beverages), manufacturing industries (nonferrous metals, foodstuffs, steel, pulp/paper, and electronic components), tourism-related industries. Growing industries: promotion of low-carbon industries, green date centres, hybrid automobile components, wind farms.
03 Iwate Prefecture
Long-established industries: food and beverages, agricultural and marine products, automotive industries, transportation machinery, electronic parts and devices, semiconductors, ICT, pharmaceutical industries. Emerging industries: renewable and clean energy industries.
04 Miyagi Prefecture
Long-established industries: automobile industry, high-tech electronics, ICT, aerospace R&D and manufacture, food-related industries, shipping, lumber, life science/medical equipment. Emerging industries: renewable and clean energy industries.
05 Akita Prefecture
Long-established industries: food and beverages, manufacturing industries (electronic parts and devices, iron and steel, nonferrous metals, chemical and petroleum products, electronic and transportation machinery, wood processing industries), software industries. Growing industries: renewable energy-related industries, recycling-based industries, medical and pharmaceutical related industries.
06 Yamagata Prefecture
Long-established and traditional industries: agriculture, forestry and fisheries, manufacturing industries (communication devices, electronic parts, semiconductors), chemical products, ceramics, cast-iron metalwork, knit clothing, carpet making, woodcraft. Growing industries: nanotechnology, organic electro-luminescence industry, ultra-high procession processing technology, machinery processing, biotechnology.
07 Fukushima Prefecture
Long-established industries: agriculture, forestry and fishery industries; manufacturing industries (transport equipment, semiconductors, medical care devices); traditional art crafts (woodcraft, pottery, textile, washi - Japanese paper). Emerging industries: new energy-related industries.
Sources and footnotes
Picture: Iwakisan, in Hirosaki and Ajigasawa, Aomori Prefecture
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Latest update: April 2016