Such optimism helps explain why until recently the urgency of Japan's worst economic turndown in half a century did not seem to be registering outside Tokyo. But like the rest of the country, Fukui's prosperity is less the result of careful planning than of billions of dollars in government spending. After a earthquake devastated the area, Tokyo paid to rebuild Fukui. Eventually, the prefecture became the core of Japan's nuclear power industry, which also lured ancillary government development funds though two of Fukui's 13 nuclear plants have suffered serious accidents in the last decade.
During the s, government money pushed the development of the textile and eyeglass-frame business. Now there are stiff new challenges, not least of all Japan's recession.
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