Centered around the Seto Inland Sea coastal area, there is a collection of various corporate groups, as well as research centers making efforts to improve skills and promote potential. There are many industries working with raw materials such as chemicals, petroleum and metals , and the industrial structure is easily adaptable to economic needs.
In order to accurately reflect changing circumstances, we are creating new industry developing new enterprises, as well as planning the Technopolis and working to become a stronghold of advanced skills to attract new businesses. Also, through the exchanges between private companies, state companies and universities, we are working to develop new skills, new products, and further research.
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Since the Mori family's 'Three Whites' campaign, rice cultivation has thrived in Yamaguchi Prefecture. Agricultural land has increased through the basic overhaul of land reclamation and the construction of rice paddies. As a result, about 80% of agricultural land is being used as rice paddies. Rice cultivation accounts for about 40% of the agriculture. However, the steadily decreasing number of people working in agriculture has resulted in an aging population of people involved in agriculture. We are working towards increasing the number of young people while creating an efficient production system for localized agriculture.
The warm climate of Yamaguchi Prefecture is especially well suited for forestry. About 70% of the total area of the prefecture is wooded. About 60% of the growth is evergreen, including red pine, cedar, and cypress trees. In recent years, many people have been working towards creating much fuller forests in an overhaul aimed at protecting the land and environment in our prefecture.
The marine products industry thrives in Yamaguchi Prefecture, which is surrounded on three sides by the sea. Due to an international system limiting fishing grounds to 200 nautical miles, there has been a decrease in marine resources. These circumstances have prompted a new policy, which aims to raise and return to the sea as many fish as are harvested.