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www.EUbusinessinJapan.eu
EU-JAPAN CENTRE FOR INDUSTRIAL COOPERATION - Head office in Japan
Shirokane-Takanawa Station bldg 4F
1-27-6 Shirokane, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0072, JAPAN
Tel: +81 3 6408 0281 - Fax: +81 3 6408 0283 - TokyoOffice@eu-japan.gr.jp
EU-JAPAN CENTRE FOR INDUSTRIAL COOPERATION - OFFICE in the EU
Rue Marie de Bourgogne, 52/2
B-1000 Brussels, BELGIUM
Tel : +32 2 282 0040 –Fax : +32 2 282 0045 - office@eu-japan.eu
http://www.eu-japan.eu / http://www.EUbusinessinJapan.eu / http://www.een-japan.eu
NARA PREFECTURE
Prefecture’s Flag
Main City: Nara
Population: 1,385,000 people, ranking 30/47 prefecture (2013) [1]
Area: 3,691 km2 [2]
Geographical / Landscape description
Nara Prefecture is part of the Kansai region of Japan. Landlocked, mountainous areas occupy about 60% of the
prefecture's land. [2]
Climate
The climate of Nara Prefecture is mainly warm. However, there are important differences between the north-western
basin area and the mountains which constitute the rest of the prefecture. Annual accumulated rainfall is one of the
highest in Japan. [2]
Time zone:
GMT +7 in summer (+8 in winter)
International dialling code: 0081
Recent history, culture
As the former capital of Japan, before Kyoto, Nara contains many archeological digs and culturally rich sites making it
a special place to visit for tourists. Several of its centuries old buildings are listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO,
such as the Todaiji temple which is the largest wooden structure in the world and home to the world's largest bronze
statue of the Buddha. [3]
Economic overview
Nara Prefecture has a well-developed traditional industry of lacquer, Japanese paper, and pottery etc., some of which
dates back to the Nara Period (710 to 794). Due to its location, economic dependency on Osaka characterizes today's
Nara Prefecture as many inhabitants commute to Osaka to work or study. [2][4]
Economic Indicators
Nara Prefecture All Japan
Population (2013) [1] 1,385,000 127,350,000
Unemployment rate (2012) [5] 4.3% 4.3%
GPD (2010) [6] 0.7% of Japan’s 495 trillion Yen
Infrastructure
Road/railways
Nara Prefecture is developing a network of railways centred on the Yamato plains with the main objective of securing
access to Osaka, Kyoto, Mie, and Nagoya. [7]
Latest update: August 2013
www.EUbusinessinJapan.eu
EU-JAPAN CENTRE FOR INDUSTRIAL COOPERATION - Head office in Japan
Shirokane-Takanawa Station bldg 4F
1-27-6 Shirokane, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0072, JAPAN
Tel: +81 3 6408 0281 - Fax: +81 3 6408 0283 - TokyoOffice@eu-japan.gr.jp
EU-JAPAN CENTRE FOR INDUSTRIAL COOPERATION - OFFICE in the EU
Rue Marie de Bourgogne, 52/2
B-1000 Brussels, BELGIUM
Tel : +32 2 282 0040 –Fax : +32 2 282 0045 - office@eu-japan.eu
http://www.eu-japan.eu / http://www.EUbusinessinJapan.eu / http://www.een-japan.eu
Living Environment
Nara Prefecture is a safe and secure place that can reduce unseen costs as it suffers little damage from natural
disasters and has equally few instances of fire and traffic accidents. It therefore allows companies to conduct safe and
secure corporate activities. [8]
Major types of economic activities
Manufacturing
In 2011, the manufacturing industry's shipment value was principally composed of food and related products (12.4%),
electrical machinery (12.9%), and transport machinery (9.3%). [9]
Companies operating in high-tech industries such as electronic devices, machine tools, auto parts, etc. are present in
the prefecture creating a cluster of core corporations. [10]
R&D, Innovation, Scientific research
Nara has a cluster of solar-battery related industries centred around the Sharp Corporation’s Katsuragi Factory (in
Katsuragi City), which boasts the top share in solar batteries. The prefecture also promotes the utilization of new
energy and energy conservation technologies. By utilizing the results of cutting-edge research conducted by the Nara
Institute of Science and Technology, located in the Takayama District of Kansai Science City, the prefecture is
expected to develop new and functional materials and commercialize them, thereby creating industrial products that
contribute to reducing environmental burdens. [10]
Opportunities for EU Investors / Exporters / Importers
Promising sectors for cooperation
Long-established industries: electronic components, devices, office machinery and furniture manufacture, food
processing. [4]
Financial/logistic support
No recent and confirmed incentive-related information available in English. Available data is in Japanese.
More information: http://www.pref.nara.jp/2668.htm
Setting up a business in Nara
Business Investment Promotion Division Industry and Employment Development Department
30 Noborioji-cho, Nara 630-8501
TEL: +81(0)742-27-8813 FAX: +81(0)742-27-4473
Other contacts:
Nara Prefecture
http://www.pref.nara.jp/
Nara Institute of Science and Technology
http://www.naist.jp/en/
Naracity Tourist Association
http://narashikanko.or.jp/en/
www.EUbusinessinJapan.eu
EU-JAPAN CENTRE FOR INDUSTRIAL COOPERATION - Head office in Japan
Shirokane-Takanawa Station bldg 4F
1-27-6 Shirokane, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0072, JAPAN
Tel: +81 3 6408 0281 - Fax: +81 3 6408 0283 - TokyoOffice@eu-japan.gr.jp
EU-JAPAN CENTRE FOR INDUSTRIAL COOPERATION - OFFICE in the EU
Rue Marie de Bourgogne, 52/2
B-1000 Brussels, BELGIUM
Tel : +32 2 282 0040 –Fax : +32 2 282 0045 - office@eu-japan.eu
http://www.eu-japan.eu / http://www.EUbusinessinJapan.eu / http://www.een-japan.eu
Sources and footnotes
[1] http://www.stat.go.jp/data/jinsui/2.htm
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nara_prefecture
[3] http://narashikanko.or.jp/en/
[4] http://www.jetro.go.jp/en/invest/region/nara/
[5] http://www.stat.go.jp/data/roudou/pref/index.htm
[6] http://www.esri.cao.go.jp/jp/sna/sonota/kenmin/kenmin_top.html
[7] http://www.jetro.go.jp/en/invest/region/nara/infra.html
[8] http://www.jetro.go.jp/en/invest/region/nara/living.html
[9] http://www.stat.go.jp/data/e-census/2012/sokuho/gaiyo.htm
[10] http://www.jetro.go.jp/en/invest/region/nara/icinfo.html
Great Buddha Hall of Todaiji in Nara
www.EUbusinessinJapan.eu
EU-JAPAN CENTRE FOR INDUSTRIAL COOPERATION - Head office in Japan
Shirokane-Takanawa Station bldg 4F
1-27-6 Shirokane, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0072, JAPAN
Tel: +81 3 6408 0281 - Fax: +81 3 6408 0283 - TokyoOffice@eu-japan.gr.jp
EU-JAPAN CENTRE FOR INDUSTRIAL COOPERATION - OFFICE in the EU
Rue Marie de Bourgogne, 52/2
B-1000 Brussels, BELGIUM
Tel : +32 2 282 0040 –Fax : +32 2 282 0045 - office@eu-japan.eu
http://www.eu-japan.eu / http://www.EUbusinessinJapan.eu / http://www.een-japan.eu
Cherry blossoms at Yoshinoyama
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