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Shimane and the World
The Four Seasons
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Mountainous area paddy fields
Agriculture
As Shimane Prefecture's terrain is largely mountainous, the arable land area is 41,000 ha, making it only 6% of the prefecture's total. 80% of the arable land is occupied by rice fields, with rice farming concentrated on the plains. Also, there is a movement to keep alive the unique local agriculture of calf fattening, dairy farming, stockbreeding and the produce of grapes, cabbage and melons.
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Grapes
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Pasture for breeding cows

Forestry
The forest area occupies approximately 80% of the total land area of Shimane, making it one of the most heavily forested prefectures in Japan. In order to make the most effective use of its forest resources, there is continued maintance and administration. We continue to create forests, which fulfill many functions such as the provision of good quality water, disaster prevention, a relaxing atmosphere and carbon dioxide absorption and nitrogen fixation.
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Japanese Cedar Forest (artificial regeneration) and broad-leaved forest

Fishing
Endowed with abundant fishing waters around the Oki Islands and other areas, Shimane is endeavoring to promote their rich aquatic resources by building fisheries and employing resource management techniques that will protect and nurture the local fishing industry.
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Hamada Fishing Port (Hamada City)

Manufacturing
Manufacturing in Shimane is driven primarily by indigenous industries (the production of machinery, metal, clay tiles and processed marine products) and the promotion of precision machinery industries.
2001 saw the opening of the first research industry park in Shimane. "Shimane Research Business Park" is the construction of a general support system promoting creative regional enterprise and research facilities for IT and software.
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Shimane Research Business Park - built to lift up Shimane industries to a high level
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Support Room to create digital contents (Shimane Research Business Park)

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Shopping Center
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Shopping Mall
Commerce
Shimane's wholesalers and retailers are generally small businesses, but new developments can be seen in the emergence of large-scale commercial enterprises and specialty stores.
On the other hand, also in the conventional center-of-commerce, various enterprises wrestle for customers

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