Facing the Seto Inland Sea, the prefecture is known throughout Japan as “the sunny land” due to its mild climate and consistently nice weather.
With a population of 1.92 million people, Okayama Prefecture yields a gross prefectural product of over ¥7,788 billion (U.S.$73,305 million), or an impressive 1.42% of Japan's GDP. Manufacturing is the core industry in Okayama, having evolved around the Mizushima Waterfront Industrial District—the world's leading petrochemical complex—which was constructed in the 1960s. Given the prefecture's ever-improving highways, airports, and harbors, there is further growth anticipated, with the area serving as an important economic and cultural center for the Eastern Setouchi region.
*The amounts in this document have been rounded down to the nearest figure.