Industrial Concentration centered around blue-chip companies with cutting-edge technology
A large amount of sophisticated technology has been accumulated in Gunma and developed over time. As a result of this asset, new business opportunities are fast emerging in Gunma Prefecture.
The situation of industry
According to the results of the 2014 Economic Census Activity Survey (Manufacturing), in Gunma Prefecture, the number of people employed was 199,877 (12th in the country), the shipment value of manufactured goods, etc. was a 8,364 trillion yen (12th in the country), and the number of businesses was 5,064 (16th in the country).
Industry percentages for people employed from highest to lowest were: transportation devices (23.5%), foodstuffs (12.7%), plastics (8.7%), metalware (8.6%) and electrical devices (6.5%).
Industry percentages for the shipment value of manufactured goods, etc. from highest to lowest were: transportation devices (37.7%), foodstuffs (8.5%), Commercial equipment (7.0%), chemicals (6.5%) and plastics (5.9%).
Industry percentages for the number of businesses from highest to lowest were: metalware (14.4%), transportation devices (10.2%), plastics (9.8%), foodstuffs (9.7%) and production devices (9.1%).
Constructing disaster-proof business centers
In Gunma Prefecture, there are few earthquakes, typhoons, and other natural disasters. This, along with other favorable conditions, makes Gunma a suitable location for industrial facilities such as factories and physical distribution base facilities.
In addition, Gunma Prefecture has been chosen by many companies as a backup site for corporate activities to prepare for the large earthquakes predicted to hit the Tokai region and Tokyo metropolitan area.
Gunma Prefecture is ranked high nationally for the number of hours of daylight, coming in third place.
There is also little snowfall during the winter months in the lowlands, making it a suitable location for solar energy generation facilities.
High-quality Water Resources
The Tone River, with one of the largest flow-volumes in Japan, flows through the center of Gunma Prefecture, providing an abundant source of high-quality water. Especially in fields such as food and beverage manufacturing, various kinds of products are made from Gunma's agricultural produce by using its high-quality water.