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Chubu

CHUBU

Although the Chubu area only comprises about 10% of the national area in geographical terms, it accounts for 20% of the nationwide share in shipments of manufactured goods and is a catalyst driving Japanese economy with its manufacturing base.

Kanto

KANTO

With Tokyo located in it, the Kanto region is considered to be the main engine of Japan's economy.

Because of its large accumulation of excellent businesses and human resources and the world's top level scientific technology, research functions, advanced manufacturing technology and specialised skills, the Kanto region acts as Japan’s launch pad for new businesses and industries. [1]

Kanto accounts for 39.8% of Japan's total GDP (2012) [2]

Tohoku

TOHOKU

Among Tohoku’s trading partners, Asia and North America account for 73% of all exports from the region. The main trading partners in Asia are China and South Korea. As for imports, Tohoku’s main trading partner is Asia, which accounts for one-third of all imports to Tohoku, followed by the Middle East and Oceania. In Tohoku, the share of imports from Asia is low and that from Oceania is high compared with the rest of the country. The region is specialised in the electrical machinery and food industry sectors. [1]

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