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Updated:September 17, 2014

Industries in Chiba


The shipment value of articles of manufacture in 2011 in Chiba Prefecture was 11,886.7 billion yen, the 7th largest amount in Japan. The number of business establishments is 6,505, and the number of employees is 203.900.

Major items of the industry are chemical, petroleum/coal, and steel, which accounts for 22.6%, 19.9%, and 14.6%, respectively, and these three categories account for 57.1% of the total shipment value of articles of manufacture.

The major industries in Chiba until the first half of 1945 were soy sauce, liquor, sweet sake, and other brewing industries. However, after the construction of Chiba Works of Kawasaki.

Steel Corporation was to be started in November 1950 on the reclaimed land along the coast of the City of Chiba, heavy and chemical industries decided to move into Chiba one after another.

Since then, a reclaimed land of approx. 12,000 ha has been completed along the 76 km-long coastal line between the City of Urayasu and the City of Futtsu.

Meanwhile, Chiba Prefecture promoted improvement of the industrial complexes in the inland area by taking the advantage their features, while aggressively promoting introduction of high-tech industries and growing industries.

There are 89 industrial complexes, and approx. 3,099 ha of the total of approx. 3,234 ha industrial sites has been sold in lots. Processing and assembly companies, as well as many other types of companies, have been located in Chiba.

The shipment value of articles of manufacture is distributed in a well-balanced manner, 63.4% in the coastal area and 36.6% in the inland area.


The commerce in Chiba is supporting the rich life of 6 million inhabitants, playing a prominent role as an industry that shoulders the local economy.

The number of retailers in Chiba Prefecture as of Feb. 1, 2012 is 28,051, and the number of employees is 244,939.

The annual sales are 4,779 billion yen.

Looking at the share by area, the five cities – Chiba, Funabashi, Matsudo, Ichikawa, and Kashiwa – account for 39.7% of all the retailers and 47.7% of the total annual sales.


Blessed with a warm climate and productive land, Chiba Prefecture is one of the greatest agricultural prefectures in Japan, and the amount of farm output is 415.3 billion yen in 2012, the third largest in Japan.

There are many top-class farm products in Japan, such as Welsh onions, radishes, and pears, while rice, flowers, and stock farming are also ranked high in Japan.

Brassica Rapa, spinach, and other vegetables are grown in the Chiba and Higashi Katsushika districts that are close to Tokyo, a main market, while in the northeastern area, cabbages, carrots, water melons, and other vegetables are grown.

Paddy rice cultivation and animal farming are also popular. In the central area, paddy rice, melons, and tomatoes are grown in greenhouses. In the southern area, bamboo shoots are grown by taking advantage of the characteristics of the intermediate and mountainous area.

Carnation, stock, and other flowers, as well as strawberries and loquats, are also grown by taking advantage of the warm climate.


Chiba prefecture with an inner bay and oceanic area along its circumference is blessed with a variety of finishing areas, and various kinds of fish and shellfish are landed, because Black Current and Oyashio Current cross each other off the coast of Boso Peninsula.

Chiba is one of the largest fishery prefectures in Japan with total fishery output of 173,320 tons in 2012 with the production volume of the processed marine products of 285,186 tons.