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Akita

The information below is as of July 2013.

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Akita Pref. Concierge

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Industrial Agglomeration Division, Department of Industry & Labor
3-1-1 Sanno, Akita-city, Akita Prefecture 010-8570
TEL: +81-18-860-2251   FAX: +81-18-860-3869

Akita

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Automotive-related industries

(Related sectors: Automobile and Transport Equipment, Electronic Components, Devices and Semiconductors/ Precision Machinery)

Attractive features

In recent years, automobiles are equipped with a number of microcomputers and sensors. Under the circumstances, Akita Prefecture’s strength is the concentration of the electronic component/device industry and powerful support through technological development by universities and research institutes. The sea-and-rail transport initiative, where automobile-related products produced in the Chubu or Kanto area are transported to Saint Petersburg and other destinations in Russia via Akita port and the Trans-Siberian Railway, is an attraction for companies looking at Russia as a market.

Principal Japanese companies in the industry
  • Unisia JKC Steering Systems Co.,Ltd.
  • SUZUKI AKITA AUTO PARTS MFG CO.,LTD
  • NHK PRECISION CO.,LTD.
Major education/research institutes of the industry

The Faculty of Systems Science and Technology of Akita Prefectural University are a department focusing on systems thinking that integrates and merges multiple fields; machinery required for recent manufacturing with structure/material field; and the information processing theory with electronic device, architecture and environment. It provides small-group instruction; seven students are taught by one instructor in theory to tackle practical science and leading-edge technologies that can directly answer social needs. In Akita Prefecture, human resource development projects in terms of environmental issues are conducted in elementary, junior, and senior high schools located in the same area and selected as models, In order to nurture human resources with high environmental awareness for the manufacturing industry, this is backed up by the industries and research institutes through experiential learning that connects production with the environment.

Major industry cluster plans, special zones and industry-government-academia collaboration of the industry

In the central and southern parts of Akita Prefecture, a plan is launched to invite transportation equipment-related companies, utilizing the Enterprise Location Promotion Law. Under the plan, efforts will be made to develop human resources, including nurturing design engineers and helping students at technical high schools acquire practical skills. Businesses that acquire new land or facilities in the designated area are exempted from the real estate acquisition tax and the fixed asset tax for a period of three years. In the industry-government-academia collaboration, the Akita Prefectural Industrial Technology Center, which has demonstrated achievements in electronics and mechatronics research and development, plays a leading role in technical support to and collaborative research with Akita University and Akita Prefectural University and has already completed the system to support advancement of technologies owned by companies.

*Please visit General Business Information pages for basic information on the region, including population, GDP, services for investment in Japan, and databases of local companies.

Electronics industries

(Related sectors: Electronic Components, Devices and Semiconductors/ Precision Machinery)

Attractive features

The electronic component/device industry accounts for approx. 30% of the total shipment volume and the largest workforce in Akita Prefecture, thus establishing itself as the leading industry of the prefecture. The areas of Nikaho City and Yurihonjo City, in particular, where clustering of relevant corporations centered around TDK Corporation is advancing, account for approx. 70% of the overall value of shipments of the electronic component/device industry in Akita Prefecture, and have become the largest cluster area for this industry in Tohoku.
The accumulation of relevant technologies and skills offers competitive advantages, and numerous outstanding companies in the sector of basic technologies, such as metallic and plastic molding, have established facilities in the prefecture. The opportunity to benefit from such developments for implementation of corporate activities is one of the most attractive points of Akita Prefecture.

Principal Japanese companies in the industry
  • TDK Corporation
  • Akita Elpida Memory, Inc.
  • Akita Epson Corporation
Major education/research institutes of the industry

The Faculty of Systems Science and Technology at Akita Prefectural University has a total of four departments, including the Department of Machine Intelligence and Systems Engineering, and the Department of Electronics and Information Systems. With the Local Cooperative Research Center as the contact point, the faculty functions as a bridge connecting basic research with research for practical application of technologies and commercialization and products, and is proactively contributing to local industries through the holding of regular technology meetings with major local companies.

Major industry cluster plans, special zones and industry-government-academia collaboration of the industry

In the central and southern parts of Akita Prefecture, a plan is launched to invite electronic component/device-related companies, utilizing the Enterprise Location Promotion Law. Under the plan, efforts will be made to develop human resources, including nurturing design engineers and helping students at technical high schools acquire practical skills. Businesses that acquire new land or facilities in the designated area are exempted from the real estate acquisition tax and the fixed asset tax for a period of three years.
In the industry-government-academia collaboration, the Akita Prefectural Industrial Technology Center, which has demonstrated achievements in electronics and mechatronics research and development, plays a leading role in technical support to and collaborative research with Akita University and Akita Prefectural University and has already completed the system to support advancement of technologies owned by companies.

*Please visit General Business Information pages for basic information on the region, including population, GDP, services for investment in Japan, and databases of local companies.

Environment, recycling and new energy related industries

(Related sectors: Environment and Energy (Smart Grid))

Attractive features

Akita Prefecture used to be one of the world’s leading mining districts. The nonferrous metal recycling project makes the most of its refining techniques and boasts world-class technology. The prefecture is one of the leading production centers not only of base metals such as copper and zinc but also precious metals including gold, silver, and platinum and rare metals such as bismuth and selenium, accounting for a large share.

Principal Japanese companies in the industry
  • Akita Zinc Co.,Ltd.
  • Mitsubishi Materials Corporation
  • Dowa Semiconductor Akita Co.,Ltd.
Major education/research institutes of the industry

Akita University is a national university and tackles research and education at the highest global standards in distinctive fields. A typical example is the study of the “Control of the Cell Fate” by the Faculty of Medicine, which was selected as one of the 21st Century COE Programs by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. In the Faculty of Engineering and Resource Science, the Life Chemical Department was established in 2008 for the purpose of nurturing human resources required in the pharmaceutical and food industries. The Research Institute for Brain and Blood Vessels Akita is the only medical institute specialized in cerebral apoplexy studies in Japan. It introduced research seeds to a number of companies and has built a ubiquitous network system that uses a huge amount of data for the prevention of cerebral apoplexy and health promotion. It aims at establishing a cooperative relationship with scientific/technical groups including private companies, through providing the latest medical information via IT.

Major industry cluster plans, special zones and industry-government-academia collaboration of the industry

The Akita Prefectural Industrial Technology Center promotes the development of new medical devices through matching of the needs in clinical practice and the seeds in the engineering. It succeeded in developing a DNA chip inspection device for osteoporosis as a result of collaborative efforts with Akita University and companies in the prefecture. The Akita Prefecture Medical-Engineering Collaboration Project Team plays a leading role in forming a clinical trial network to check the effects and safety of medical devices and promotes the creation of an environment that enables the production of such medical devices. Akita Prefecture established the Akita Academy Venture Fund in 2003 to commercialize the research outcome in the life science field. It provides appropriate supports for the seeds of distinctive companies and they are growing satisfactorily. The prefecture tackles the realization of a plan to create a medical cluster mostly in the north area, according to the Enterprise Location Promotion Law. The real estate acquisition tax and the fixed asset tax are exempted for three years if you acquire new land or facilities in the designated area as well as in the case of human resource development.

*Please visit General Business Information pages for basic information on the region, including population, GDP, services for investment in Japan, and databases of local companies.

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