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Industry in Shizuoka

A Leader in Everything from Pianos to Plastic Models

Shizuoka-based industries dominate the domestic market and are world leaders in several major industrial sectors. Honda, Yamaha, and Suzuki brand motorcycles all had their start in Shizuoka and are still manufactured locally, with the prefecture accounting for 66% of the domestic motorcycle market. Yamaha and Kawai pianos began in Shizuoka in the early twentieth century, and are now global brands. Shizuoka-made pianos now hold 100% of the domestic market. Shizuoka is also a leader in the photonics, plastic models, and corduroy textiles industries.

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Shizuoka accounts for 100% of Japan’s piano production.

High Prefectural Output

Driven by SME Innovation

Shizuoka is proud of the fact that it is home both to world-leading companies and a large number of small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs). The prefecture is third in Japan in terms of product shipments, with strengths in machinery and equipment, which account for over half of total prefectural industrial output. Overall, Shizuoka ranks 10th nationwide in prefectural product value. Much of the vitality in manufacturing comes from a large number of SMEs, which often act as suppliers to the large global corporations, as well as a high concentration of venture businesses attracted by Shizuoka’s “can do” attitude and support infrastructure.

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Shizuoka’s manufacturing strength lie in the technological prowess of local SMEs.

Shizuoka Triangel Research Cluster

Synergies at Work

Shizuoka Triangel Research Cluster is being created from the work done at Photon Valley, Food Science Hills, and Pharma Valley, and is clearing the way for crucial synergies in research, technology, and manufacturing. Photon Valley in western Shizuoka is a center for next-generation optoelectronics technologies. Food Science Hills in central Shizuoka hosts joint projects between academia and local industries to study and boost the health properties of food. Pharma Valley, in eastern Shizuoka, focuses on cutting-edge cancer therapies and other medical treatments centered around the Shizuoka Cancer Center. Each of these clusters is a perfect example of collaboration between research organizations and corporations to advance science and technology.

Cluster Triangle Synergies

LED plant-grow lights developed by a Photon Valley?based company

A Place to Grow

Shizuoka's Appeal to New Companies

Shizuoka's excellent location, infrastructure, workforce and subsidies have made it the prefecture of choice for new firms that are establishing their businesses. The prefecture holds the cumulative No. 1 position for the establishment of new firms for the period since 1988, and has held the overall top spot in three of the last five years. It has also been the preferred location for foreign businesses, holding the No.1 spot for cumulative investments by corporations with foreign ownership of over 50% since 1989. Companies investing in Shizuoka cover a wide range of sectors, with emphasis on retail distribution, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, foods, and electronics.