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Ibaraki Prefecture is located 35 to 160 km northeast of Tokyo, has a population of about 2.9 million people, has rich nature such as mountains and oceans, and is blessed with a mild climate that allows for a comfortable lifestyle.

In addition to railway networks such as the JR Joban Line and the Tsukuba Express (TX), there are four automobile highways including the Joban Expressway and the Kita Kanto Expressway, ports such as the Ibaraki Port and the Kashima Port and Ibaraki Airport. The construction of a wide-area transportation network (land, sea and air) is progressing and, the cumulative factory surface area during the past 10 years has been at the top of national rankings. Ibaraki has a potential for further development in the future.

Furthermore, in addition to global industrial companies representative of Japan, small and medium-sized enterprises led by unique corporate managers are also located in numerous places and support Japan's basic technology and regional economy.

Tsukuba city, where this ministerial meeting will be held, is one of the world's leading research and development bases. With 29 national and independent research and educational institutions, and around 20,000 researchers including R&D companies, it is known as the "base of knowledge" where cutting-edge research and development are promoted.

While there is this state-of-the-art research environment, Ibaraki Prefecture also has the 3rd highest agriculture output value in Japan (2017). Ibaraki is a prefecture with a very prosperous agriculture, a luxury brand of cattle beef, "Hitachiwagyu Beef", melon, pear and rice. We also actively engage overseas through an expansion of exports.

In terms of tourism, Ibaraki is enriched with plenty of sightseeing spots such as, one of Japan's three great gardens: Kairakuen, one of Japan's three great waterfalls: Fukuroda Falls, one of Japan's hundred great mountains: Mt. Tsukuba, the world's largest bronze statue: Ushiku Daibutsu, and "Hitachi Seaside Park," where you can enjoy a superb view of Nemophila and Kokia in full bloom and hot spring accommodations.