🇯🇵 Shikokuchūō is a city located in Ehime Prefecture, Japan. Shikokuchūō is the leading producer of paper and paper products in Japan. It is also a port city and one of Ehime's major centres of industry.
Paper industry Shikokuchūō is the leading producer of paper and paper products in Japan.
The history of the paper industry extends back to around 1750, when washi was first produced in the Uma area. The area does not have much flat land, and is ill-suited to rice farming, but as water and the proper kind of wood are plentiful, it is ideal for paper manufacturing. The modern paper industry began to flourish when mechanized manufacturing techniques were developed in the Meiji era. After World War II, the paper industry contributed to the city's rapid economic growth.
The city paper museum, Kami no Machi Shiryokan, has exhibits and information on traditional paper making and the modern paper industry.
Shikokuchūō has a population of over 83,918 people. Shikokuchūō also forms one of the centres of the wider Ehime Prefecture which has a population of over 1,342,011 people.
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