Regional Information Akita

Monodzukuri (manufacturing) Akita, aiming to gather automobile and aircraft-related industries

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The information below is as of November 2017.

Automotive-related industries

(Related sectors: Automobile and Transport Equipment, Aircraft, Electronics)

Attractive features

In recent years, automobiles are being equipped with a number of microcomputers and sensors. Under these circumstances, Akita Prefecture has strength in the concentration of its electronic component/device industry and powerful support through technological development from universities and research institutes. There is also the prime attraction of the Port of Akita, selected as the base port on the Sea of Japan for international containers and able to handle 100,000 TEU per year.

Principal Japanese companies in the industry
  • Hitachi Automotive Systems Steering, Ltd.
  • SUZUKI AKITA AUTO PARTS MFG CO.,LTD
  • NHK PRECISION CO.,LTD.
  • OHASHI IRONWORKS Co.,Ltd
  • MUTSUMI SPECIAL ALLOY INDUSTRY CO.,LTD
Major education/research institutes of the industry

The Faculty of Systems Science and Technology of Akita Prefectural University is a department focusing on systems thinking that integrates and merges multiple fields, such as the machinery required for recent manufacturing with the structure/material fields, and information processing theory with electronic devices, architecture and the environment. Akita Prefecture implements projects to foster human resources for environmentally-friendly manufacturing through support from industries and research institutions, and through collaboration with the elementary, junior high and high schools of the region selected as model schools.

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

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.

Electronics industries

(Related sectors: Electronics, ICT)

Attractive features

The electronic component/device industry accounts for approx. 28% 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
  • Micron Akita, Inc.
  • Akita Epson Corporation
Major industry cluster plans, special zones and industry-government-academia collaboration of the industry

The Faculty of Systems Science and Technology at Akita Prefectural University has a total of four departments. 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.

Environment, recycling and new energy related industries

(Related sectors: Environment and Energy)

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

The Faculty of International Resources Science newly established in Akita University is actively being engaged in the study of resources recycling technologies and others, in order to resolve global issues such as resources, the environment, and energy, based on the university’s past performance upholding mining technologies in Japan through the former Faculty of Mining Science. In particular, the university has partnered with DOWA HOLDINGS Co., Ltd. since 2007, promoting collaboration in terms of research development and human resource development in the area of resources recycling.

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

The Northern Akita region, working on the accumulation of the resources recycling industry, formulated the “Northern Akita Eco-Town Plan” and is promoting the building of a community harmonized with the environment through the home appliance recycling business and business to form recycle bases, manufacturing of new architectural materials using waste plastic, and manufacturing of secondary products utilizing coal ash and waste plastic.