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Announcement of the Second “Declarations of Support for Regional Specialties”-Promoting community-wide collective efforts-

Following the first declaration of August 27 2015, Declarations of Support for Regional Specialties were announced in September by Toki City, Gifu Prefecture; Odate City, Akita Prefecture; Ninohe City, Iwate Prefecture; Mutsu City, Aomori Prefecture; Takahama City, Aichi Prefecture and Yamae Village, Kumamoto Prefecture.

1. Outline of Declarations of Support for Regional Specialties

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has been encouraging municipalities to make “Declarations of Support for Regional Specialties” in order to realize increases in sales and employment in local communities and virtuous cycles in local economies by developing and strengthening “regional brands” through community-wide continuing efforts involving various businesses. Nine municipalities including those that announced this time have made declarations.
*The term “Regional Specialties” refers to the “goods and services (or groups of them) that leverage regional resources.”

2. Description of the declarations of support announced this time


Declarations of support for Mino ware as the best pottery produced through Toki city’s tradition and industry
[Toki City, Gifu Prefecture]

This declaration of support aims to promote Mino ware, which is one of Toki City’s regional industries, and industrial tourism to Mino ware production sites. (Appendix (i)(PDF:2,944KB) PDF File)
URL: http://www.city.toki.lg.jp/docs/8972.html External Site Link(in Japanese)


Declarations of support for Johoji lacquer, local sake (W-Japan) and traditional food which can be experienced using your five senses (Ninohe Story)
[Ninohe City, Iwate Prefecture]

This declaration of support aims to appeal that Ninohe City is the largest Japanese lacquer production area and the lacquer has rare characteristics from its extraction to production. (Appendix (ii)(PDF:2,857KB) PDF File)
URL: https://www.city.ninohe.lg.jp/forms/info/info.aspx?info_id=4457External Site Link (in Japanese)


Declarations of support for “Kiritanpo” (mashed rice put on chopstick): local food culture in Odate region
[Odate City, Akita Prefecture]

This declaration of support aims to spread Odate regional food culture including “kiritanpo,” which is made of delicious local rice “Akitakomachi.” (Appendix (iii)(PDF:2,264KB) PDF File)
URL: http://www.city.odate.akita.jp/dcity/syoko/23-7714.htmlExternal Site Link (in Japanese)


Declarations of support for a variety of squid products - Local seafood which is delivered to all around Japan!
[Mutsu City, Aomori Prefecture]

This declaration of support aims to introduce local seafood cooperating with Mutsu City, business community, private businesses, and admirers of the city around Japan. (Appendix (iv)(PDF:2,695KB) PDF File)
URL: http://www.city.mutsu.lg.jp/news/index.cfm/detail.1.43956.htmlExternal Site Link (in Japanese)


Declarations of support for “Sanshu roof tile” which adds to the design and decoration of Japanese houses, appealing to people
[Takahama City, Aichi Prefecture]

This declaration of support aims to revitalize the community and local economy as “Town of Roof Tile” with “Sanshu roof tile”, which is an age-old brand lasting from the Edo period. (Appendix (v)(PDF:1,014KB) PDF File)
URL: http://www.city.takahama.lg.jp/grpbetu/sangyo/shigoto/ouen.htmlExternal Site Link (in Japanese)


Declarations of support for Processed food of Yamae chestnuts
[Yamae Village, Kumamoto Prefecture]

This declaration of support aims to expand sales channels of Yamae chestnuts with the effort of the entire village. (Appendix (vi)(PDF:872KB) PDF File)
URL: http://www.vill.yamae.lg.jp/index.php?type=article&mode=articleView&articleid=5052&categoryid=32External Site Link(in Japanese)

Release date

September 30, 2015

Division in charge

Startup and New Business Promotion Division, Business Support Department,
Small and Medium Enterprise Agency

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
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