Hanshin Industrial Region

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The Hanshin Industrial Region (阪神工業地帯 Hanshin Kōgyō Chitai?) is one of the largest industrial regions in Japan. Its name comes from the on-reading of the kanji used to abbreviate the names of Osaka (大阪) and Kobe (神戸), the two largest cities in the megalopolis. The GDP of this area (Osaka and Kobe) is $341 billion, one of the world's most productive regions.[1]

Statistics[edit]

Prefecture Ōsaka Prefecture Hyōgo Prefecture
Capital Ōsaka Kōbe
Establishments 24,822 11,300
Employees 530,407 359,850
Manuf. goods
shipments
¥15,961 billion ¥12,945 billion
Value added ¥6,459 billion ¥4,808 billion

(4-digit industrial subclassification[2])

Main cities and industries[edit]

Ōsaka Prefecture[edit]

Osaka: medical, chemical, metal[edit]

Facilities:

Laboratories, research institutes:

Sakai: chemical, metal[edit]

Facilities:

- Air conditioning and chemicals, especially fluorine; has major market share with DuPont.

Laboratories, research institutes:

Kadoma, Moriguchi, Daito: electronics[edit]

Facilities: and research institutes:

Other cities in Osaka prefecture[edit]

Facilities:

- A chemical company, specializing in reverse osmosis membrane (a market shared with Dow Chemical Company)

Laboratories, research institutes:

Hyōgo Prefecture[edit]

Amagasaki: chemical, metal, electronics[edit]

Facilities:

- Railroad traffic control system, electric power control system, air traffic control system, Doppler radar, communications satellite, Global Positioning System.
- Titanium products (about 20% share of the world market[3])

Laboratories, research institutes:

- Urethane, polyurethane raw materials
- The largest laboratory of Mitsubishi Electric
- Electric devices and electronics

Kobe: medical, electronics, heavy industries[edit]

Facilities:

- Shipbuilding, marine structures
- container ships, submarines, research vessels and vehicles, nuclear reactors, satellites.
- Shipbuilding, marine structures, trains

Laboratories, research institutes:

- Center for Developmental Biology.
- Next-Generation Supercomputer Center (From 2010).[4]

Other cities in Hyōgo Prefecture[edit]

Facilities:

Laboratories, research institutes:

See also[edit]

References[edit]