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Small and Medium Enterprise AgencySMEA Announces the Fifth Round of Declarations of Support for Regional Specialties- Promoting community-wide collective efforts -

The fifth round of Declarations of Support for Regional Specialties was announced in January 2016 by Takamori Town, Nagano Prefecture, Nosegawa Village, Nara Prefecture, Tajimi City, Gifu Prefecture, Yurihama Town, Tottori Prefecture, Ichikawamisato Town, Yamanashi Prefecture, Kiryu City, Gunma Prefecture, Nago City / Onna Village / Yomitan Village, Okinawa Prefecture, Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture, Nishiwaki City / Taka Town, Hyogo Prefecture, and Kakogawa City, Hyogo Prefecture.

1. Outline of the 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. A total of 32 municipalities including those that made announcements this time have made declarations.
*Note: The term “regional specialties” refers to “goods and services (or groups of them) that leverage regional resources.”

2. Descriptions of the declarations of support announced this time

Declaration of support for acclaimed processed Ichida-Gaki (Ichida persimmon) products sent from the hometown of Ichida-Gaki, announced on January 1, 2016

Takamori Town, Nagano Prefecture

This declaration of support aims to promote Nagano Prefecture’s first regional brand, Ichida-Gaki (dried persimmon), which is a dried fruit having a natural sweetness and is positioned as a high-class Japanese confection.
(Appendix (i)(PDF:3,041KB) PDF File,(ZIP:3,000KB) other_file )
(URL)
https://www.town.takamori.nagano.jp/Files/1/02000363/attach/saisyu.pdfExternal Site Link (in Japanese)

Declaration of support for processed products made from amago (red-spotted masu trout), “the queen of clean streams”, announced on January 1, 2016

Nosegawa Village, Nara Prefecture

The amago, which is a freshwater fish and a landlocked variety of satsukimasu salmon, has been called a phantom fish because of its rareness. In the village, people have engaged in the amago farming business and have shipped out some of the farmed amago as food for many years. This declaration of support aims to assist relevant entrepreneurs in the village toward increasing the amount of such processed food produced and shipped out in the future.
(Appendix (ii)(PDF:1,345KB) PDF File)
(URL)
http://www.kansai.meti.go.jp/3-3shinki/ouensengen/nosegawamura.pdfExternal Site Link (in Japanese)

Declaration of support for a group of items of Mino pottery merchandise rich in regional flavor — industrial tourism taking advantage of the scenery of the Mino pottery production area and wholesalers in the area, announced on January 7, 2016

Tajimi City, Gifu Prefecture

This declaration of support aims to promote a group of items of Mino pottery merchandise, among which various items of merchandise including pottery for daily use, high-class tea sets, and industrial goods have been supplied to the market, and industrial tourism taking advantage of the scenery of the Mino pottery production area and wholesalers in the area.
(Appendix (iii)(PDF:791KB) PDF File)
(URL)
http://www.city.tajimi.lg.jp/kurashi/sangyo/documents/fmo_tajimi.pdfExternal Site Link(in Japanese)

Declaration of support for Lake Togo - Yurihama Walking Resort - announced on January 15, 2016

Yurihama Town, Tottori Prefecture

This declaration of support aims to promote walking tourism around Lake Togo, which is known as one of the Sanin Hakkei (Eight Views of Sanin), and a group of processed products related to the walking tourism around the lake.
(Appendix (iv)(PDF:2,056KB) PDF File)
(URL)
http://www.yurihama.jp/files/13477.pdfExternal Site Link (in Japanese)

Declaration of support for traditional industries woven with the culture of washi (Japanese paper) - Ichikawa Washi and Koshu hand-carved Signature Seals from Rokugo - announced on January 15, 2016

Ichikawamisato Town, Yamanashi Prefecture

Ichikawa Washi, boasts a millennium of history and is Japan's top producer of signature seals (Rokugo region). This declaration of support aims to promote the traditional industries maintained through the culture of washi.
(Appendix (v)(PDF:963KB) PDF File)
(URL)
http://www.town.ichikawamisato.yamanashi.jp/40administration/07sangyoushinkou/files/furusato.pdfExternal Site Link(in Japanese)

Declaration of support for products related to Kiryu’s fabrics, announced on January 18, 2016Declaration of support for products related to Kiryu’s fabrics, announced on January 18, 2016

Kiryu City, Gunma Prefecture

This declaration of support aims to promote all kinds of fabrics including Kiryu-ori (Kiryu textile) products which are produced using traditional techniques for Kiryu-ori, which combines various kinds of techniques for silk products including dyeing, weaving, stitching, and embroidering.
(Appendix (vi)(PDF:1,842KB) PDF File)
(URL)
http://www.city.kiryu.gunma.jp/web/home.nsf/image/8556ad6dbdd2314c49257f3400188f29/$FILE/sengen.pdf.pdfExternal Site Link (in Japanese)

Declaration of support for presenting a paradise in Japan for couples from all over the world - a resort wedding campaign named YONNA YONNA - announced on January 20, 2016

Nago City, Onna Village, and Yomitan Village, Okinawa Prefecture

In an Okinawan dialect, “YONNA YONNA” means “slowly and leisurely.” YONNA can also be spelled using the first letters of the names of this one city and these two villages. This declaration of support aims for the joint promotion of businesses by these three municipalities, including plans for relaxed, elegant weddings at resort sites.

(Appendix (vii-a)(PDF:3,484KB) PDF File,(ZIP:3,366KB) other_file)
(Appendix (vii-b)(PDF:1,192KB) PDF File)
(Appendix (vii-c)(PDF:1,053KB) PDF File)
(URL)
http://www.city.nago.okinawa.jp/index.htmlExternal Site Link (Nago City) (in Japanese)
http://www.vill.onna.okinawa.jp/assets/images/Portals/file/onnahurusato.pdfExternal Site Link (Onna Village) (in Japanese)
http://www.vill.yomitan.okinawa.jp/sections/pdf/【読谷村】ふるさと名物応援宣言.pdfExternal Site Link (Yomitan Village) (in Japanese)

Declaration of support for Isekatagami and a group of related items of merchandise, announced on January 28, 2016

Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture

Isekatagami (a Japanese paper stencil printing technique) has more than a millennium of history. Its exquisite designs have attracted attention recently, and products, which are made through collaboration using Isekatagami on various goods including interior goods, yukatas, and sweets, have been developed. This declaration of support aims to support the growth of Isekatagami in cooperation with the local community of Suzuka City.
(Appendix (viii)(PDF:1,265KB) PDF File)
(URL)
http://www.city.suzuka.lg.jp/index.htmlExternal Site Link(in Japanese)

Declaration of support for Banshu-ori – techniques and culture, which a celebrated environment and climate have developed – announced on January 28, 2016

Nishiwaki City and Taka Town, Hyogo Prefecture

Banshu-ori (Banshu textile) products are manufactured primarily in the Kitaharima area of Hyogo Prefecture. Sanmoto (direct sales by producers who use local materials) trading companies dealing in Banshu-ori products, which have a long history, plan and develop original fabrics and goods under their own brand names. This declaration of support aims for the joint promotion of such culture which has become the basis of the growth of both Nishiwaki City and Taka Town.

(Appendix (ix)(PDF:1,430KB) PDF File)
(URL)
http://www.city.nishiwaki.lg.jp/ikkrwebBrowse/material/files/group/23/furusatomeibutsu.pdfExternal Site Link (Nishiwaki City) (in Japanese)
http://www.town.taka.lg.jp/life_stage/chiiki-shinkou/kohokiji/hurusatomeibutu/hurusatomeibutubansyuori (Taka Town) (in Japanese)

Declaration of support for Kakogawa × cotton = Kakotton, announced on January 29, 2016

Kakogawa City, Hyogo Prefecture

“Kakogawa’s cotton” has demonstrated its increase in popularity, thanks to the Kakogawa Cotton Project, which started in FY 2013. As the first step in the commercialization of the cotton, 100% Kakogawa cotton socks were produced. This declaration of support aims to promote the ethical making of cotton products made in Kakogawa, in the future.

(Appendix (x)(PDF:1,252KB) PDF File)
(URL)
www.city.kakogawa.lg.jp/soshikikarasagasu/chiikishinkobu/shokorosei/shoko_norinsuisangyo_rodo/shokogyo/1452589953523.htmlExternal Site Link (in Japanese)

Release date

January 29, 2016

Division in charge

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

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