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.

A wide range of industries are present in Chubu such as processing and assembly for the transport sector covering automobiles and aircraft, general machinery such as that for metalwork, electrical machinery and also local industries such as textile and ceramic ware.

Chubu accounts for around 15% of Japan's total GDP.



Niigata Prefecture

Long-established industries: electronics, food processing, machinery, metal products manufacturing, chemistry, electric machinery.

Toyama Prefecture

Long-established industries: agriculture, forestry and fisheries, biotechnology, high-tech industries (IT, Robots, deep seawater-related industries), pharmaceutical industries.

Ishikawa Prefecture

Long-established industries: machinery and metal-related, textile, food, tourism, traditional crafts. Growing industries: manufacturing plants, natural science laboratories, software-related business offices, IT, artistic design and machine design, distribution and processing facilities.

Fukui Prefecture

Long-established industries: textile industry, machinery industry, eye-ware production, chemical industries, traditional industrial arts.

Yamanashi Prefecture

Long-established industries: agriculture, food and beverages, traditional industries, semiconductor manufacturing, liquid crystals, robotics, mechanical and electronic-related industries, jewellery industries.

Nagano Prefecture

Long-established industries: agriculture, foodstuffs and beverages, precision machinery industries, communication machinery, transportation machinery, electronic parts, wood products, tourism.

Gifu Prefecture

Long-established industries: aerospace, automotive, ceramics, woodwork, furniture, paper, plastics, foodstuffs, fisheries, aquaculture, agriculture.

Shizuoka Prefecture

Long-established industries: pharmaceutical, optical and electronic technology, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, electric machinery, electronic devices, musical instruments, foodstuffs and beverages, transportation machinery, general machinery, pulp, paper, photonics, chemicals and plastics.

Aichi Prefecture

Long-established industries:  automotive industry, aerospace industry, transportation machinery, machine tools, electronics, agriculture, forestry, fisheries.


Further Readings:

  • The NHK made some videos presenting the 47 Prefectures of Japan. They are available here (at the bottom of the page, under "Destinations").
  • Our report "FDI Incentives by Prefecture 2022" will provide you with a concise summary of FDI incentives in Japan organised by prefecture and assist you in determining which of Japan's prefectures are more suitable for your business.



Picture: Kenrokuen Park in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture
Picture copyright: EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation

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