While looking for something else on the web, I stumbled across this page on unemployment in Japan, by region, as of 2007.
Toyama, Nagano: 4.3%
Shizuoka, Fukui, Tottori: 4.4%
Kochi, Osaka: 8.6%
I’m not that surprised that unemployment in Okinawa, Kyushu and Shikoku is bad. And I’m not surprised that manufacturing centers such as Aichi and Shizuoka have very high employment. But I’m surprised that places such as Shimane and Tottori have such full employment — what is the economy out there?