Sendai is at the heart of the Tohoku region’s largest business zone, with a focus on agriculture, forestry, fishing and commerce. A host of research institutes affiliated with Tohoku University collaborate with the private sector and local government on a variety of projects. Sendai has been a key center for promoting recovery following the Great East Japan Earthquake.
The largest business center in the Tohoku region, Sendai has developed with a focus on agriculture, forestry, fishing, commerce and medicine.
It lies at the heart of one of Japan’s leading rice-growing areas, with a thriving agricultural sector producing vegetables and fruit. The region is also known for livestock farming, which produces highest ranked Sendai beef and other delicacies. Its proximity to the Sanriku coast, one of the best fishing grounds in the world, drives a flourishing fishing industry that harvests a variety of seafood.
Inland areas have clusters of secondary industries related to agriculture, forestry and fisheries, including food and seafood processing as well as electrical machinery manufacturing. Coastal areas are home to companies engaged in sectors including oil, coal, steel and pulp.
Sendai is the commercial hub of the region, with an international commercial port and airport attracting container vessels and regular flights. Most imports and exports from other ports and airports in Miyagi pass through Sendai.
Sendai is also home to Tohoku University, one of leading centers of learning and research in Japan. The university boasts an array of regional educational and research institutes in a variety of fields, including the Clinical Research, Education and Innovation Center, the Institute for Materials Research, the Center for Integrated Nanotechnology Support, and the International Research Center for Nuclear Materials Science.
Tohoku University is the focal point of vibrant medical R&D activity. It devotes significant effort to the medical field, for example by collaborating with the prefectural and municipal governments as well as the business community in the aim of making the region a center for medical device development.