World-Class Fine Ceramics Industry Center

Area Information

20 km northeast of Nagoya. Hilly piece of the Owari Kyuryu region.
32 minutes from Nagoya by train.
Near "Seto Akazu Interchange" and "Seto Shinano Interchange" on the Tokai Loop Highway
71 minutes from Centrair by train, and 55 minutes by car.
Completion of 2 interchanges and 1 Parking Area on the Tokai Ring Expressway has drastically improved accessibility.
Economy & Industry
One of the world's leading fine ceramics clusters, with over 60 fine ceramics-related companies in the area.
40% of the global market share in fine ceramic cellular phone parts.
Knowledge gained through Seto's 1,300-year history of pottery has been applied to the fine ceramics industry, making it an important materials technology cluster that supports Greater Nagoya's "monozukuri" backbone.
Possible tie-ups with the Nagoya Institute of Technology; Japan Fine Ceramics Center; Seto Ceramic Research Center, Aichi Industrial Technology Institute; National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology Chubu, Seto Site.
Strong ceramics-related ties focusing on fine ceramics since 2000 with Limoges, France.
Life and Culture
Famous for its rich 1,300-year history and tradition of ceramics.
Promotion of industrial tourism through the "Seto Marutto Museum Project."
Sister city relationships with Jingdezhen in China, Limoges in France, Nabeul in Tunisia, and Icheon in Korea.

Basic Data

National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology

Seto Yaki pottery
Surface Area:
Manufactured Products Shipped: (100 million yen)
Number of Firms:
Important Industries:
Fine Ceramics
Primary Players:
Rinnai Corporation Seto Factory, Toshiba Corporation Aichi Factory
Universities and Research Facilities:
Seto Ceramics Research Center, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology Chubu, Seto Site
Corporate Enticement Projects
Seto Akazu Industrial Area

*Surface Area, Value of Manufactured Products Shipped, Population, and No. of Firms from Toyo Keizai "Toshi Datapack 2004"

Business Opportunities

Seto City Industry Division Manufacturing Industry
64-1 Oiwake Seto Aichi