Regional Information Fukuoka

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The information below is as of November 2017.

Automobile-related industry

(Related sectors: Automobile and Transport Equipment, Electronics)

Attractive features

The northern region of Kyushu, including Fukuoka Prefecture, has emerged as a major hub of automobile related industries, with the principal focus on complete vehicle manufacturers Nissan Motor, Toyota Motor Kyushu and Daihatsu Kyushu. Backed by this growing presence, the area has grown into a production base that boasts a production capacity of over 1.5 million vehicles annually. There have also been steady advances to the district by engine plants and hybrid vehicle parts production plants, along with R&D bases as well.

Principal Japanese companies in the industry
  • Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
  • Toyota Motor Kyushu, Inc.
  • Daihatsu Motor Kyushu Co., Ltd.
  • Nissan Shatai Kyushu Co., LTD.
  • Denso Manufacturing Kitakyushu Co., Ltd.
  • Mitsui High-tec, Inc.
Principal foreign companies in the industry
  • Inergy Automotive Systems
  • Faurecia Nippatsu Kyushu
  • Schaeffler Japan
  • Tox-Rix Pressotechnik
  • Bosch Corporation
Major education/research institutes of the industry

Through basic manufacturing training at technical high schools, hands-on training at universities, and training for core technical experts and design development experts at SMEs, leading talents are cultivated in each process from development to production of automotives with industry-academia-government partnership.

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

Fukuoka Prefecture is advancing the “North Kyushu Automotive Industry Million and a Half Vehicle Production Promotion Plan,” a vision to transform the northern part of Kyushu into a major auto industry production base capable of leading Asia. The concept is to attain a production scale of approx 1.5 million units in 2009. Furthermore, efforts are being implemented to cultivate manpower, improve function as a mother plant for Asia and engineer the transformation to a base for development of next-generation motor vehicles such as senior-friendly automobiles. Moreover, factories for engines, hybrid parts, and R&D departments are being expanded into the prefecture one after another.

Semiconductor industry

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

Attractive features

As the brain trust base “Silicon Island Kyushu,” which accounts for about 5% of all world semiconductor production, a large number of semiconductor design companies are clustering here. Including Fukuoka Prefecture, the “Silicon Sea Belt Region” (the region linking South Korea, Kyushu, Shanghai, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore) produces over 65% of the world's semiconductor supply.

Principal Japanese companies in the industry
  • Sony Semiconductor Kyushu Corporation
  • Sony LSI Design Inc.
  • Hitachi ULSI Systems Co.,Ltd.
  • Toshiba Corporation
  • Rohm Fukuoka Co.,Ltd.
  • Mitsui High-tec, Inc.
Principal foreign companies in the industry
  • Texas Instruments Inc.
  • EV Group Japan
  • King Yuan Electronics Co.,Ltd
Major education/research institutes of the industry

Fukuoka Prefecture is home to 41 universities (12 of them offering science and technology departments), with these and other institutions of higher education providing outstanding programs that attract top-level students from within Japan. About 130,000 students are learning at either the university or junior college level, with some 31,000 capable graduates entering the workforce every year.
With a number of academic research institutes, as well as public research institutes advancing R&D in a wide range of fields (including system LSI, car electronics, and other cutting-edge sectors), Fukuoka is also earning high marks as a brain trust base.

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

The “Silicon Sea Belt Fukuoka Project” is being promoted with the goal of taking maximum advantage of the brain trust resources of universities and other institutions for system LSI development, the concentration of semiconductor related industries, clustering of the auto industry in the northern part of Kyushu and other phases of the mission to establish a frontier system LSI development base excelling as the hub in the Asia region.

Biotechnology-Rerated Industry

(Related sectors: Biotechnology, Healthcare)

Attractive features

Fukuoka Prefecture has developed a concentration of various types of good industries using fermentation, brewing and other methods, biotechnology related industries and companies from other fields. There is also an impressive collection of universities, public testing research institutes and other facilities that combine to form one of Japan's leading “bio-clusters.” Energies are also being channeled into collaboration with research institutes, companies and other entities from Asian countries.

Principal Japanese companies in the industry
  • Green Peptide Co.,Ltd.
  • Aqumen Biopharmaceuticals KK
  • VisionBio Corporation
  • Ecogenomics, Inc.
  • Kyushu Medical Co.,Ltd.
  • Kone
Major education/research institutes of the industry
  • Kurume Research Park
  • NPO Clinical Research Network Fukuoka
  • Clinical Research Support Center Kyushu
  • Center for Integration of Advanced Medicine, Life Science and Innovative Technology
  • Kurume University Transcriptional Research Center
Major industry cluster plans, special zones and industry-government-academia collaboration of the industry

The “Fukuoka Bio-Valley Project” is being promoted with the focus on the Kurume region in the southern part of Fukuoka Prefecture, with the goal of creating new industries rooted in biotechnology and attracting a cluster of related companies. The major approaches under this project include carrying out 40 or more R&D projects annually and cultivating venture companies.