Regional Information

Akita

Your Regional Guide : Shinya Watanabe

Akita Pref. Concierge
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Industrial Agglomeration Division, Department of Industry & Labor

3-1-1 Sanno, Akita-city, Akita Prefecture 010-8570
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Akita

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*The information below is as of July 2015.

Automotive-related industries

(Related sectors: Automobile and Transport Equipment, Electronics)

Attractive features

In recent years, automobiles are equipped with a number of microcomputers and sensors. Under the circumstances, the concentration of the electronic component/device industry and powerful support through technological development by universities and research institutes are forming the strength of Akita prefecture . 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 serving as an attraction for companies looking at Russia as a market.

Principal Japanese companies in the industry
  • Hitachi Automotive Systems Steering, 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 integrates and merges multiple fields; machinery, structure/material field and the information processing theory, 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 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 established the system to support advancement of technologies owned by companies.

Electronics industries

(Related sectors: Electronics)

Attractive features

The electronic component/device industry accounts for approx. 25% 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 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 set up the system to support advancement of technologies owned by 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 of mining industry 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

Faculty of International Resource Sciences, National University corporation Akita University has newly established, tackles research and education at the highest global standards in distinctive fields. Because of the historical background that this faculty originates from Faculty of Mining, it is called "Mining College"and boasts achievements as the source of mining technology in Japan. Based on its past achievements, it is focusing on resource recycling technology and other themes to resolve global challenges such as resource, environment and energy related issues. Especially, it concluded agreements for collaboration, and has been jointly promoting research and development and development of human resources in resource recycling area. Akita Prefectural University, a Public University Corporation, has been working on the studies on development of retrieving technology of rare metals from processed used water, proactively feeding knowledge to businesses.

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

Northern region of Akita prefecture, which has been working on concentration of resource-recycling industry, has drew up "Northern Akita Eco Town Plan" to seek its goal to "create a harmonious society with environment where people are able to cohabit with nature". It has been promoting building of a environment friendly town by introducing various measures such as recycling of electrical appliances, establishing recycling base and promotion of secondary products industries such as manufacturing of new building materials produced from used plastics or other products from coal ashes and used plastics. In this region, Akita Prefectural Resources Technology Development Organization has been set up to provide support to this purpose through technological research and development, experimental research and development, and training of human resources. It is also working on promotion of new industries. Plan to concentrate resource-recycling industry in this region based on Industrial Location Promotion Act was launched in 2007. This plan provides several incentives including not only support for development of human resources but also exemption of real estate acquisition tax and fixed-property tax for three years if a company purchased land or facilities for the establishment of its base in this region.

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