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

The sixth round of Declarations of Support for Regional Specialties was announced by 18 municipalities in total, namely, 13 cities, 4 towns, and 1 village, in February 2016.

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 51 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 a group of processed wheat products such as hatto and aburafu (fried gluten), announced on February 3, 2016

Tome City, Miyagi Prefecture

Tome City is one of the major wheat production areas in Miyagi Prefecture.
This declaration of support aims to promote processed wheat products which are local dishes from the City such as hatto, which it is said to be so delicious that a prohibition (“hatto” in Japanese) against eating it was once imposed.
(Appendix (i))
(URL)
http://www.city.tome.miyagi.jp/oshirase/brand/documents/sengen.pdfExternal Site Link (in Japanese)

Declaration of support for tours to experience all of Shimoburo Hot Springs Village, processed Kazamaura goosefish products, and processed Aomori cypress products -Disseminating three-star products throughout Japan-, announced on February 7, 2016

Kazamaura Village, Aomori Prefecture

This declaration of support aims to promote tours to experience a hot-spring town located on the Shimokita Peninsula in Aomori Prefecture, which is at the northernmost tip of the island of Honshu, products made from the Village’s regional specialties, which are Kazamaura goosefish, and Aomori cypress.
(Appendix (ii))
(URL)
http://www.tohoku.meti.go.jp/s_cyusyo/chiikisigen/topics/pdf/160208.pdfExternal Site Link (in Japanese)

Declaration of support for Shirakawa Komine Castle and tourism in the castle town -Experiencing the history, culture, and industry (Shirakawa Soba-Noodles, sake, etc.) established during the reign of the feudal lord Sadanobu Matsudaira-, announced on February 9, 2016

Shirakawa City, Fukushima Prefecture

Shirakawa City is famous for Shirakawa Komine Castle and is known as a castle town in which the history and culture created during the reign of the famous lord Mr. Sadanobu Matsudaira are still alive.
This declaration of support aims to promote sightseeing tours to visit spots where tourists can experience such culture and history, including the castle and related regional resources.
(Appendix (iii))
(URL)
http://www.city.shirakawa.fukushima.jp/page/page001861.htmlExternal Site Link (in Japanese)

Declaration of support for a town characterized by the fusion and harmonization of antique culture and cool culture -Bold efforts taken toward the creation of new tradition-, announced on February 10, 2016

Kurayoshi City, Tottori Prefecture

This declaration of support aims to promote initiatives newly taken in the City as a town characterized by the fusion and harmonization of its antique culture symbolized by a traditional and historic group of Shirakabe Dozo (storehouses) and its cool culture, which is drawing global attention, such as exhibitions of character collectibles on the street.
(Appendix (iv))
(URL)
http://www.city.kurayoshi.lg.jp/system/site/upload/deci/15046/atc_1454497724.pdfExternal Site Link (in Japanese)

Declaration of support for the Ikuno Silver Mine, the Takeda Castle Ruins, and Iwatsu Negi -Eternal bonds built with silver-, announced on February 17, 2016

Asago City, Hyogo Prefecture

This declaration of support aims to promote the Takeda Castle Ruins, which have a magnificent view of a sea of clouds, the Ikuno Silver Mine, which has a 1200-year history, and Iwatsu Negi, which is one of Japan’s three major kinds of green onions, emphasizing “silver” as a keyword.
(Appendix (v))
(URL)
http://www.city.asago.hyogo.jp/cmsfiles/contents/0000005/5020/hurusatomeibutu.pdfExternal Site Link (in Japanese)

Declaration of support for knit products, announced on February 18, 2016

Wakayama City, Wakayama Prefecture

This declaration of support aims to promote knit products from Wakayama City, which has the top market share for the domestic production of circular knit fabric.
(Appendix (vi))
(URL)
http://www.kansai.meti.go.jp/3-3shinki/ouensengen/160218wakayamacity-furusatomeibutuouensengen.pdfExternal Site Link (in Japanese)

Declaration of support for the black treasure nurtured by the history of Michinoshima and its semitropical natural environment, announced on February 18, 2016

Amami City and Tatsugo Town, Kagoshima Prefecture

The bounty of Amami is nurtured by the Kuroshio, or Black Current, which flows northward from the South Seas.
This declaration of support aims to promote Authentic Amami Oshima Tsumugi Silk Pongees (silk fabrics) and Amami Brown Sugar Shochu (distilled spirits), which are representatives of black treasure such as the Amamikurousagi (Amami black rabbit, Pentalagus furnessi), which is called a living fossil, and the Kuromaguro (Bluefin tuna).
(Appendix (vii))
(URL)
http://www.city.amami.lg.jp/kanko/ouen/documents/furusato.pdfExternal Site Link(Amami City) (in Japanese)
http://www.town.tatsugo.lg.jp/docs/2016021900036/files/Hometown-specialty.pdfExternal Site Link(Tatsugo Town) (in Japanese)

Black and white. These two types of rice nurture specialties. Declaration of support for a group of items using rice from Fukagawa, announced on February 19, 2016

Fukagawa City, Hokkaido Prefecture

This declaration of support aims to promote dishes and processed products using rice from Fukagawa, which is known for being a rice-producing region.
(Appendix (viii))
(URL)
https://www.city.fukagawa.lg.jp/cms/section/chiikis/uo2pli000000w4kc-att/uo2pli000000w4oq.pdfExternal Site Link (in Japanese)

Declaration of support for the gifts of nature brought about thanks to the Gono-kawa River system, announced on February 22, 2016

Miyoshi City, Hiroshima Prefecture]

This declaration of support aims to promote efforts made by leveraging specialties, such as sweetfish, cormorant fishing, pione (a special kind of grape), and a sea of fog, which have been brought about thanks to the Gono-kawa River, which runs through the center of the Chugoku Region.
(Appendix (ix))
(URL)
http://www.city.miyoshi.hiroshima.jp/hisyo_m/news_release/houdouhapyou2802/news_release_H280216_3.htmlExternal Site Link(in Japanese)

Declaration of support for groups of items using Hida Torafugu (a kind of blowfish from the Hida area) -For their branding and revitalization-, announced on February 24, 2016

Hida City, Gifu Prefecture

Landlocked Gifu Prefecture. The Hida Torafugu, which is farm-raised using ground water rich in minerals from this mountainous region.
This declaration of support aims to promote a variety of dishes that have been developed by taking advantage of the Hida Torafugu’s texture and sweetness.
(Appendix (x))
(URL)
http://www.city.hida.gifu.jp/b_jigyousya/w_shigoto_sangyou/w_furusato_meibutsu/furusatomeibutsu.pdfExternal Site Link (in Japanese)

Area producing Mino-Washi, proud of its 1300-year tradition Declaration of support for groups of goods made of Mino-Washi and industrial tourism, announced on February 24, 2016

Mino City, Gifu Prefecture

Mino-Washi, including Hon-Minoshi, an element of intangible cultural heritage listed by UNESCO.
This declaration of support aims to promote many products developed using washi (traditional Japanese paper) and also industrial tourism, which fits well with the landscape, which includes streets of old buildings with udatsu (old-fashioned decorations for buildings).
(Appendix (xi))
(URL)
http://www.city.mino.gifu.jp/pages/25527External Site Link(in Japanese)

Declaration of support for the workforce, goods, and services nurtured by a favorable environment at the base of the sacred Mt. Haku-san, which is surrounded by a harsh but beautiful natural environment and rich culture, announced on February 25, 2016

Shirakawa Village, Gifu Prefecture

This declaration of support aims to promote new processed products made from the “Rice of Shirakawa-go,” which grows in the fresh, clean water flowing through Shirakawa-go, a World Heritage site.
(Appendix (xii))
(URL)
http://shirakawa-go.org/uploads/yakuba_info20160209.pdfExternal Site Link(in Japanese)

Declaration of support for Tsuruoka Silk and the Silk Town Project, bringing tradition and innovation together, announced on February 26, 2016

Tsuruoka City, Yamagata Prefecture

The origin of Tsuruoka Silk dates back to when the samurai of the Shonai Clan laid down their swords and picked up hoes to clear forests for creation of new industry. This declaration of support aims to promote the Silk Town Project, which leverages such tradition to develop new potential.
(Appendix (xiii))
(URL)
http://www.city.tsuruoka.lg.jp/sangyo/shokoshien/ouen160226.htmlExternal Site Link (in Japanese)

Declaration of support for a group of Takaoka-Doki (Takaoka Copperware) products, announced on February 26, 2016

Takaoka City, Toyama Prefecture

This declaration of support aims to promote a wide group of Takaoka-Doki products, ranging from interior goods to bronze statues, leveraging casting techniques that have been passed down through the generations since the founding of Takaoka City.
(Appendix (xiv))
(URL)
https://www.city.takaoka.toyama.jp/sanki/sangyo/shinsangyo/documents/furusatotakaoka.pdfExternal Site Link (in Japanese)

Declaration of support for processed products made from citrus fruits from a town where you can pick mandarin oranges (mikan) all year round, announced on February 26, 2016

Mihama town, Mie Prefecture

Mihama town, which promotes various efforts being made for it to be “a town where you can pick mandarin oranges (mikan) all year round.” This declaration of support aims to promote products made from a wide variety of citrus fruits, which are the delicious bounty of this region and reflective of its mild climate.
(Appendix (xv))
(URL)
http://www.town.mihama.mie.jp/27news/furusato_meibutsu.pdfExternal Site Link (in Japanese)

Declaration of support for a group of products which make good use of the characteristics of bamboo, announced on February 26, 2016

Nankan Town, Kumamoto Prefecture

This declaration of support aims to promote a group of products which make good use of bamboo’s characteristics, including the use of the antimicrobial activity of bamboo bark, for the ingredients of functional formulations and the use of bamboo’s durable fiber for building materials, based on the results of years of study.
(Appendix (xvi))
(URL)
http://www.town.nankan.lg.jp/base/pub/detail.asp?c_id=55&id=389&type=topExternal Site Link(in Japanese)

Declaration of support for fabric-related products such as woven woolen and worsted fabrics made in the Bishu area, announced on February 29, 2016

Ichinomiya City, Aichi Prefecture

Ichinomiya City is widely known throughout Japan as the kingdom of woven woolen and worsted fabrics. These fabrics of the City have produced regional resources including the Morning Project and the Tanabata Festival. This declaration of support aims to promote the development of new products tailoring woven woolen and worsted fabrics to match current needs.
(Appendix (xvii))
(URL)
http://www.city.ichinomiya.aichi.jp/jigyosha/jigyoshayuushi/1013348.htmlExternal Site Link (in Japanese)

Declaration of support for a group of products made of Kuma cedar, announced on February 29, 2016

Yunomae-machi, Kumamoto Prefecture

This declaration of support aims to promote a group of items which make good use of the characteristics of cedar, including the development of new products using large-diameter Kuma cedar trees, which have appropriate strength, are suitable for dry climates, and have beautiful coloring for building materials.
(Appendix (xviii))
(URL)
http://www.yunomae.com/userimage/furusatomeibutu.pdfExternal Site Link (in Japanese)

Appendix (in Japanese)

Release date

March 1, 2016

Division in Charge

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

Last updated:2016-03-11
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