Shin'etsu region

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Shin'etsu (信越地方, Shin'etsu Chihō) is a geographical region of Japan.[1]

The area encompasses the old provinces of Shinano and Echigo. Though the name is a combination of those two provinces, the region also contains Sado Island from Sado Province. It is located in the modern-day prefectures of Nagano and Niigata.

Corporate usage[edit]

The name Shin-Etsu is used in the name of related multinational chemical companies.[2]

The Shin'etsu Main Line is part of Japan Railways service running from Shinonoi Station in Nagano Prefecture to Niigata Station in Niigata Prefecture,.[3]

In 1926, the Shinetsu Electric Company diversified as Shin'etsu Nitrogenous Fertilizer.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hashimoto, Mitsuo. (1990). Geology of Japan, p. 94., p. 94, at Google Books
  2. ^ Shin-Etsu Chemical, company's history; excerpt, "Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd. began with the coming together of Nagano Prefecture's (Shinano-area) water and Niigata Prefecture's (Echigo-area) limestone.... The company's 'Shin' comes from Shinano and 'Etsu' is taken from Echigo."
  3. ^ Japan Railways, Shinetsu line; retrieved 2011-07-18
  4. ^ Molony, Barbara. (1990). Technology and Investment: The Prewar Japanese Chemical Industry, p. 137., p. 137, at Google Books


  • Hashimoto, Mitsuo. (1990). Geology of Japan. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers. ISBN 9780792309093; OCLC 123220781

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