Fukushima Prefecture snags device makers to manufacturing hub

Close to the fourth anniversary of Japan's post-tsunami nuclear disaster in Fukushima Prefecture, the government has managed to attract at least three makers of medical devices to join in a global hub in the state.

The nuclear plant itself and the immediate area is still off-limits, and the local device industry's output has not returned to its predisaster levels. Still, Fukushima device production reached just over $1 billion in 2013, Nikkei reports, enough for it to pass Tokyo and become the nation's third-largest producer among 47 prefectures.

Japan's Olympus and international device makers Becton, Dickinson and Co. ($BDX) and Johnson & Johnson ($JNJ) have set up facilities in the state along with another 150 smaller companies they need for parts, supplies and other related products.

To help attract even more device makers, the Fukushima prefectural government has been building a $72 million development and safety-evaluation center for medical devices in in the town of Koriyama, about 35 miles inland from the disaster site.

- here's the story from Nikkei