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Local and Traditional Industries

Bicycle parts

 There are many local enterprises in Kansai carrying on the proud traditions formed during the long history of the region, vitalizing and turning the traditional technology accumulated over the centuries into leading technology appropriate for the modern age. For example, during the early years of modern times, industries in Kansai produced firearms, and thereafter, Sakai City became known for its production of cutlery. Sakai City also became known as the birthplace of several famous bicycle parts manufacturers, and one of these companies, Shimano Inc., holds a top-class share of the market worldwide. Furthermore, the production of fine ceramics for use in various industries is a direct descent from traditional pottery, long considered one of the traditional industries of Kyoto Prefecture, and KYOCERA Corp. is a good example of this type of manufacturer.