Prefecture

Kyushu & Okinawa

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. [1][2]

Shikoku

SHIKOKU

The island of Shikoku is the smallest of Japan’s four main islands and accounts for 5% of the total land area of Japan.

Agriculture industries are well developed in the region and provide a gross domestic product that is higher than the average when compared to other areas of Japan.  

Chugoku

CHUGOKU

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.

Kansai

KANSAI

Kansai is an area that is located in the center of Japan and has a huge market with a population of approximately 21.8 million and a Gross Regional Product of approximately $1,022 billion. The size of the economy is equivalent to that of South Korea (ranked 15th in the world). Kansai has international cities, such as Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe.

Kansai is one of the largest hubs for the development and production of energy-related industries such as lithium-ion batteries.

Chubu

CHUBU

Although the Chubu area only comprises about 10% of the national area in geographical terms, it accounts for 20% of the nationwide share in shipments of manufactured goods and is a catalyst driving Japanese economy with its manufacturing base.

Kanto

KANTO

With Tokyo located in it, the Kanto region is considered to be the main engine of Japan's economy.

Because of its large accumulation of excellent businesses and human resources and the world's top level scientific technology, research functions, advanced manufacturing technology and specialised skills, the Kanto region acts as Japan’s launch pad for new businesses and industries. [1]

Kanto accounts for 39.8% of Japan's total GDP (2012) [2]

Tohoku

TOHOKU

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. [1]

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