Congress Report
Photo: Nara City Sightseeing Information Center, Kofuku-ji Temple
Photo taken by Tatehiko Yano
Kumamoto Prefecture

Head of Prefectural Government

Mr. Ikuo Kabashima, Governor
Assumed governorship of Kumamoto Prefecture
(second term) in April 2008

Location

Seal



Area

7,409.35 km2 (2015)
15th largest of 47 prefectures

Population

1,786,969 (as of October 2015)
Men: 841,042 Women: 945,927
23rd most populated of 47 prefectures

GDP

Nominal: JPY 5.5664 trillion
Real: JPY 6.0036 trillion (both in FY2013)

Capital

Kumamoto City

Geographic features

Located roughly in the center of Kyushu. To the west, Kumamoto Prefecture faces the Ariake Sea and Yatsushiro Sea, as well as the open ocean to the East China Sea. The climate is warm in general with the coast of Amakusa islands having the northernmost coral reefs. The area around Kumamoto City has an inland climate with wide differences in temperature between hot and cold.

Main industries

Manufacture of: Transportation equipment; Electric parts, devices and electric circuits; Food (2014)

symbols

Prefectural tree: Camphor laurel
Prefectural flower: Japanese gentian
Prefectural bird: Eurasian skylark

Number of visitors

Total 58,989 thousand (2014)

Administrative divisions

Kumamoto Prefecture --- 14 cities, 23 towns, 8 villages

Official website

http://www.pref.kumamoto.jp/

Sources: Official website of Kumamoto Prefecture; Official website of Geographical Survey Institute; “2013 Prefectural Economic Accounts,” Cabinet Office.

(As of May, 2016)