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.



Tokushima Prefecture

Long-established industries: Agricultural and marine products, food processing, wood manufacturing, metal products, traditional crafts, chemicals. Growing industries: light emitting diodes (LED).

Kagawa Prefecture

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.

Ehime Prefecture

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.

Kochi Prefecture

Long-established industries: agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture, forestry industries, paper, electronics. 


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: Ritsurin Garden in Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture
Picture copyright: Wikipedia under the GNU Free Documentation License

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