Manufacturing and other related industries
Yamaguchi Prefecture, and its Seto Island Sea coastal area, in particular, is home to many manufacturers mainly of primary materials, including chemicals and steel products.
The prefecture also has many export-dependent industries, including the automobile industry. Therefore, Yamaguchi Prefecture-based manufacturers’ success in fierce global competition and more active capital investment and production in the prefecture require construction and improvement of industrial infrastructures, and the enhancement of manufacturing capabilities toward the future.
To address these challenges, we implement various initiatives, such as those to encourage the creation of new industries and to invite companies to our prefecture, aiming to stimulate promising industries, including the medical, environmental, and energy industries. We also encourage research and development of new technologies and products, through exchanges between industry, academia and government, and other measures.
Agriculture, forestry and fishery
Since the Mori family, the feudal lords in the Edo Period, adopted the policy of prioritizing the production of the three white products —salt, rice and paper—, Yamaguchi Prefecture has long focused on rice production, establishing a reliable rice cultivation infrastructure by reclaiming paddy fields from the sea and opening terraced paddy fields. As a result, paddy fields account for about 80% of the total area of cultivated fields in the prefecture, and rice production amounts to about 30% of the prefecture’s gross agricultural production. However, the number of farmers in the prefecture is declining, and the farming population is steadily aging. The Yamaguchi prefectural government encourages young people to start engaging in agriculture, and takes the initiative in strengthening the agricultural production system and improving the agricultural infrastructure.
Blessed with a warm climate, Yamaguchi Prefecture provides an ideal environment for plant growth, so about 70% of the prefecture’s entire area is covered with forests, about 60% of which consist primarily of conifers, including Japanese red pines, cedars and hinoki. To conserve prefectural land and the natural environment, we currently strive to improve the quality of forests in the prefecture, by taking various measures, including planting diverse and healthy forests.
With rich marine resources from the seas that it faces in three directions, Yamaguchi Prefecture has been home to a flourishing fishery, but both catches and proceeds have been continuously declining due to the decline and aging of the prefecture’s fishing population, the decrease in local marine resources, changes in the marine environment, and other circumstances. Therefore, we strive to promote fishery in our prefecture, by ensuring and fostering newcomers to fishery, and releasing fry of kijihata (Hong Kong grouper), tiger puffer, flounder and other fish.