Regional Information Hyogo

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Kobe Commerce, Industry and Trade Center Building 4F
1-14 Hamabe-dori5, Chuo-ku, Kobe-city, Hyogo Prefecture 651-0083
Tel: +81-78-271-8401 Fax: +81-78-271-8403


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The information below is as of November 2017.

Value-added services and leading edge companies in growth sectors

(Related sectors: Life Science, Environment and energy, advanced technologies-related (aerospace))

Attractive features

In Hyogo, there are healthcare-/pharmaceutical-related companies and R&D centers at various locations including Kobe Medical Industrial City. There is also a number of new energy-related projects designed according to characteristic features of each region. As Kansai Innovation Comprehensive Global Strategic Special Zone and Awaji Environmental Future Island Initiatives were approved as special zones, the prefecture is expected to create many projects that will lead to innovations in advanced healthcare and energy.

Principal Japanese companies in the industry
  • Asubio Pharma Co., Ltd.
  • Kaneka Solartech Corporation
Principal foreign companies in the industry
  • Eli Lilly Japan K.K.
  • Nippon Boehringer Ingelheim Co., Ltd.
Major education/research institutes of the industry
  • SPring-8 (large synchrotron radiation facility)
  • SACLA (X-ray free electron laser facility)
  • K computer (Next-Generation supercomputer )
  • Institute of Biomedical Resarch and Innovation
  • Center for Developmental Biology
  • Center for Molecular Imaging Science
  • Computational Science Research Support Center
  • Center for Advanced Science and Technology
  • Hyogo Support Center for Manufacturing in Harima
  • Laboratory of Advanced Science and Technology for Industry, School of Scinece, University of Hyogo
Major industry cluster plans, special zones and industry-government-academia collaboration of the industry
  • With the formation of the “Kobe Medical Industry Development Project”, the development of an R&D hub for advanced medical technologies and the growth of a medical industry cluster on the “Port Island”, Kobe's man-made island located in the center of Kobe City are advancing.
  • Harima Science Garden City, located in the southwest part of Hyogo Prefecture, is the hub of hyperfine analysis research facilities which includes the world's largest synchrotron radiation facility, “SPring-8” and an X-ray free-electron laser, “SACRA”.