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.
When looking at Shikoku's value of manufactured goods and shipments it can be observed that the ratio of basic material industries to the overall total exceeds the national average because of the high percentage of pulp, paper, paper products and chemical and allied products. Its ratio of the lifestyle-related industries is also higher than the national average due to the high percentage of food, beverage, tobacco and feed industries.
Shikoku accounts for around 3% of Japan’s total GDP.
Long-established industries: Agricultural and marine products, food processing, wood manufacturing, metal products, traditional crafts, chemicals. Growing industries: light emitting diodes (LED).
Long-established industries: agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture, livestock breeding, primary metal, transportation machinery, food-related industries, petroleum and coal products, metal products. Growing industries: nanotechnology, biotechnology.
Long-established industries: shipbuilding, chemicals, pulp and paper, textiles, non-ferrous metals, machinery, oil refineries, electronics, agriculture, forestry, fisheries. Growing industries: electronics-related high-tech industries, fine chemicals, biotechnology.
Long-established industries: agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture, forestry industries, paper, electronics.
Picture: Ritsurin Garden in Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture
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