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The Chubu Region Aims to Enter a New Stage

With a convergence of world-leading manufacturing industries, foremost of which is its car industry, which serves as Japan’s primary source of international competitive advantage, the Chubu region has always been one of the country’s major driving forces for the economy.

With intensifying international competition due to the acceleration of globalization and elimination of borders increasing the importance of being prepared for all kinds of risks, including trade friction and recession, the Chubu region’s presence as the center of Japan’s manufacturing industry has become increasingly significant in today’s Reiwa era.

Under these circumstances, the Chubu Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry recognizes the importance of its responsibility to assist regional industries strengthen their competitiveness and help revitalize the entire region. Helping the Chubu region achieve sustainable growth by overcoming various restrictions stemming from current regional issues, including the declining and aging population and energy and environmental problems, requires the execution of growth strategies in close collaboration with stakeholders, including companies, economic groups, support organizations, and local governments.

Therefore, with the aim of helping Japan achieve its Society 5.0 vision it developed in 2019, the Bureau will implement the Second-stage Tokai Region Industrial Competitiveness Enhancement Strategy by putting community planning efforts into creating new products, services, and businesses through the integration of innovative technologies, including AI and IoT, with other technologies in the region’s manufacturing sector, including its car industry. In implementing the strategy, the Bureau will specifically aim to develop a community where various talented people with the appeal to attract more creative talent to the Tokai region from other domestic regions and overseas to interact and develop new businesses. It will do so by carrying out a variety of projects designed to develop innovation through collaboration between potential future entrepreneurs representing various fields, including programs with the following aims: 1) regional collaboration to accelerate cooperation with startups and 2) cultivation of IT-manufacturer bridge personnel able to help resolve issues with IT know-how by serving as a bridge between the IT world and manufacturing industries.

In addition, the Bureau’s future efforts to help the Chubu region achieve its ten-year vision for the 2030s include responding to public expectations for regional revitalization projects designed to take advantage of changes that the opening of the Linear Chuo Shinkansen line will likely bring about, including interaction with more people from other regions.

Jurisdiction of the Chubu Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry

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Jurisdiction of the Chubu Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry

Jurisdiction of the Chubu Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry

Aichi Prefecture, Gifu Prefecture,
Mie Prefecture, Toyama Prefecture,
Ishikawa Prefecture
Electricity Jurisdiction

Electricity Jurisdiction

Includes Nagano Prefecture in its entirety, and parts of Shizuoka Prefecture and Fukui Prefecture
Gas Jurisdiction

Gas Jurisdiction

Includes Parts of Shizuoka Prefecture

Outline of the Chubu Region

The Chubu region, which comprises Aichi, Gifu, Mie, Toyama and Ishikawa Prefectures, only accounts for about 10% of Japan’s area, population and gross regional product. At the same time, however, it serves as a preeminent manufacturing zone, generating 20% of Japan’s shipment value of manufactured products. It is home to a diverse manufacturing cluster comprising processing and assembly industries, primarily manufacturers of transportation machinery used in car and aircraft-related industries, metal machine tools and other production machinery, and electronic parts and devices, as well as local industries, such as textile and ceramic manufacturers.

The Chubu region's size and contributions to the nation

The Chubu region's size and contributions to the nation

The Chubu region accounts for 20% of Japan’s shipment values of manufactured products.

  • - Geospatial Information Authority of Japan: Statistical reports on land area by prefecture and municipality in Japan (as of October 1, 2019)
  • - Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications: Population Estimate (as of October 1, 2019)
  • - Cabinet Office: FY 2016 Annual Report on Prefectural Accounts
  • - Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry: 2018 Industrial Statistics


The Chubu region’s industry-based national shipment values of manufactured products

The Chubu region’s industry-based national shipment values of manufactured products

The Chubu region generates high national shipment values for transportation and other machinery by processing and assembly industries and for other products by local textile and ceramic industries.

  • - Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry: 2018 Industrial Statistics (confirmed report)