Gifu, located in the center of Japan, has long played an important role in Japanese culture and history. From its role during the Jinshin War in 672 to serving as the long-term residence of legendary Daimyo like Oda Nobunaga and Saito Dosan, Gifu has been an historically important prefecture in the center of Japan. During the Sengoku Period, it was often said that “control Gifu and you control Japan.” Gifo is also home to the world renown villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama, which are recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Today, Gifu serves as a cross-roads between modern and traditional industries; the prefecture is home to local fishing industries that have fished from the region’s beautiful rivers for over a thousand years. The Mino region is celebrated throughout Japan for its high quality paper, Mino washi. The prefecture also boasts many modern metalworking and manufacturing companies as well as large aerospace facilities owned by Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Delegates will be able to analyze the relationship between the local industry and its surrounding community as they seek to compete in the global economy. Gifu will serve as a perspective into the intersection between the influence of the world around us and the traditions of local Japanese regions.