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Located in the center of Honshu (Chubu region) and facing the Pacific Ocean, Shizuoka Prefecture is within a distance of about 3 hours by highway to the capital Tokyo and about 1 hour by Shinkansen. Blessed with nature such as the sea, mountains and lakes, it is said to be the epitome of Japan’s rich climate. In terms of industry, Shizuoka Prefecture is also called a “reducing model of the Japanese economy” because it has a structure with many export-type industries.
One of the characteristics of Shizuoka Prefecture, which constitutes a diverse industrial group, is that there are many manufactured products that occupy the top share in the country in a wide range of fields. Shizuoka has many products that rank first in Japan in terms of production volume and shipping value. For example, there are pianos, which have a 100% share of the national market, medical machinery and equipment, dietary supplements such as tablets and capsules, tea, mandarin, and wasabi.
In terms of tourism (including business trips), it is the 7th largest prefecture in Japan with a large number of visitors (2019: 34.87 million). The number of foreign visitors to Japan is ranked 13th among 47 prefectures with 1.421 million (2019). Details of this data can be found here.
Shizuoka Prefecture, which aims to become a model prefecture for SDGs, launched the “Shizuoka Prefecture SDGs Business Award” in August 2021 in order to further accelerate activities for SDGs and create new businesses. This project is aimed at corporations that are engaged in or will be engaged in environmental business, solicit a wide range of business ideas that contribute to the solution of environmental issues, and commend the remaining business ideas as an award for excellence.
Five cities in Shizuoka Prefecture, Shizuoka City, Hamamatsu City, Fuji City, Kakegawa City, and Fujinomiya City, have been selected by the Cabinet Office as “SDGs Future Cities” (as of 2021), and each city has its own SDGs activities.
This SDGs future city is a city or region that promotes efforts in line with the SDGs philosophy, and is a city that has the potential for creating new value and sustainable development, especially in the three aspects of economy, society, and environment. Those cities and municipalities are selected by the Japanese government.
Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, which was selected as the SDGs Future City in June 2018, is highly evaluated for its efforts on forests, energy, and multicultural coexistence. In addition, city has formulated the Hamamatsu City SDGs Future City Plan with the planning period from 2021 to 2023, and are proceeding with efforts to achieve the goal. The city also has set up the “Hamamatsu City SDGs Promotion Platform” as a place to collaborate with companies, organizations, individuals, etc., disseminate related information, and promote efforts to achieve the goal.
Shizuoka Prefecture has announced a new vision from 2018 to 2027, “Human Development and Wealth Development in a Beautiful Fuji Country.” It has eight policies in order to make Shizuoka the base of “Dreams come true in Japan” where everyone’s efforts will make their dreams come true.
Among them, in No. 5 “Development of industry that creates wealth”, which is the economic policy, it utilize the “regional power” and advanced technology of Shizuoka prefecture to create next-generation industries and promote industries that support the regional economy, and strengthening the competitiveness of the agriculture, forestry and fisheries industry.
Specifically, there are the following five. 1. Promotion of “Shizuoka New Industrial Accumulation Cluster”, 2. Growth of local companies, promotion of entry into business fields, 3. Improvement of management power of small and medium-sized enterprises and small enterprises, promotion of strengthening of management base, 4. Agriculture and forestry Establishing and strengthening the management base of the fishery industry, 5. Business development of related industries centered on agriculture, forestry and fisheries.