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Overview of the Coastal League

The League of Japan Sea Coastal Promotion (hereafter “the Coastal League”) is made up of the 12 prefectures that have a coastline on the Japan Sea. It was established in 1964 along with the Federation of Members of the Diet for Promoting Japan Sea Coastal Development (which is made up of Members of the Diet from that same area). Since that time it has been striving for the harnessing of regional characteristics such as the bountiful nature and unique culture of the coastal area that faces a maritime area of boundless appeal, along with its excellent human resources, in order to promote activities aimed at developing the Japan Sea coastal zone, such as arranging for improvements in industrial infrastructure and infrastructure for the living environment, including a high speed transportation network, and advancing exchange with the countries across the sea.

In promoting and developing the Japan Sea coastal area, the Coastal League has put forward as its main priorities in particular “the promotion of cooperation in Northeast Asia” and “Japan Sea coast axis formation,” and we are currently working on various initiatives in connection with these. In cooperation with the Federation of Members of the Diet for Promoting Japan Sea Coastal Development, we from the 12 Japan Sea prefectures will continue cooperating as a unit in order to achieve the further promotion and development of the Japan Sea coastal region.


Constituent prefectures
Aomori  Akita  Yamagata  Niigata  Toyama  Ishikawa  Fukui  Kyoto  Hyogo  Tottori  Shimane  Yamaguchi
October 9th, 1964
Governors of the constituent prefectures, prefectural assembly chairpersons, representatives of related municipal mayoralties, representatives of municipal assembly chairpersons, and representatives of related economic groups, etc
Members of the Diet for the constituent prefectures
Facilitator representative: the Governor of Toyama Prefecture

The Coastal League, involving all 12 member prefectures, has proposed the following issues to the national government to ensure that initiatives such as development of transport networks and information & communications systems, conservation of the natural environment, and support for vibrant and fulfilling community development are reflected in the national budget.

Development of a transport network and information & communications systems to facilitate settlement and exchange

  1. Development of the transport network
    • Construction of Shinkansen lines / speed upgrading of trunk railways
    • Development of the regional transport system, such as improvement of trunk highways
    • Essential port and airport development
  2. Promotion of high-speed telecommunications capabilities
    • Development of a faster fiber-optic telecommunications network which will form the basis for transmitting the appeal of the region to the world

Advancement of international exchange with regard to the Japan Sea and promotion of integrated development, utilization and conservation

  1. Advancement of international exchange and cooperation
    • Fostering of international understanding and interest in the Sea of Japan
    • Promotion of international exchange on multiple levels to achieve such goals as promotion of trade
  2. Promotion of integrated development & utilization of, and research into, the Sea of Japan
    • Research into the exploitation of marine resources in the Japan Sea, and improvements in development functions
    • Promotion of scientific research on the Sea of Japan
  3. Promotion of a “green land axis”
    • Improvement and conservation of the living environment infrastructure and industrial infrastructure that harnesses the local resources of the region
    • Promotion of initiatives that facilitate exchange and partnership with metropolitan areas
  4. Promotion of environmental protection around the Sea of Japan
    • Development of international efforts to promote environmental conservation in the region
  5. The security of the Sea of Japan coastal region
    • Prevention of disasters and appropriate response in the event of their occurrence in the region
    • Appropriate response in terms of such concerns as national security issues with the countries bordering the Japan Sea coast

Industrial development for the creation of new prosperity

  1. Development of a new era for regional agricultural
    • Development of a vibrant rural existence that harnesses the region’s autonomy and creativity
  2. Active development of initiatives to ensure food safety and peace of mind
    • Elimination of people’s worries in relation to food through ensuring safety and security
  3. Development of healthy forests and promotion of the forestry and lumber industries
    • Promotion of initiatives for forest multifunctionality and sustainable forest management
    • Solid support for developing and securing human resources in the industry
  4. Promotion of a fishing industry in response to the new marine era
    • Ensuring stability in fishery production
    • Initiatives for the promotion of the fishing industry
  5. Augmentation and strengthening of industrial infrastructure
    • Promotion of industries suited to the new area
    • Support for research and development geared towards the creation of new industries

Support for vibrant and fulfilling community development and improvements in living environment infrastructure

  1. Promotion of comprehensive snow and ice controls
    • Promotion of regional vitalization during the winter period
    • Promotion of initiatives to facilitate snow clearing and utilization
  2. Promotion of land conservation projects such as afforestation and flood control
    • Promotion of initiatives to protect people’s lives and property from civil disaster and flooding, allowing people to lead safe and fulfilling lives
  3. Promotion of integrated river development projects
    • Promotion of integrated river development projects to allow effective use of water resources
  4. Improvement in the living conditions of disadvantaged areas such as depopulated areas, mountain villages, designated rural areas, isolated islands, peninsular regions, and hilly rural areas
    • Promotion of disadvantaged areas such as those undergoing depopulation
    • Support under the law for such things as the establishment of general assistance systems
    • Deregulation in accordance with local circumstances
  5. Promotion of comprehensive energy initiatives
    • Promotion of comprehensive energy initiatives utilizing regional resources
    • Promotion of a safe and secure nuclear energy policy
  6. Development of universities and other educational, research, training and cultural facilities
    • Enhancement of higher education institutions and development of facilities for education, research and culture