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Japan’s overall economic conditions are steadily improving, but the large gap between urban and rural areas is often cited as a serious problem. While business is brisk in Tokyo and other big cities, rural parts of Japan still lack the vigor.

Of the major areas outside of Tokyo, the Chubu region — with Aichi Prefecture at its center — has been widely known for its good performance. And when one turns to the Kyushu region, Oita Prefecture stands out for its brisk economic activity.

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