Regional Information Ishikawa

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Ishikawa

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The information below is as of November 2017.

Information-related industries

(Related sectors: ICT, Electronics)

Attractive features

The Ishikawa information services industry ranks fourth nationally in per capita number of business facilities, sixth in the number of employees, and sixth in sales in 2012. The prefecture has one of the largest concentrations of world-leading IT-related companies, including I-O Data (PC peripherals; has one of the largest shares domestically of HDD, USB memory, etc.), PFU (has the largest share in the world market for industrial image scanners), EIZO Corporation (globally renowned for medical high resolution displays, PC displays, etc.).

Principal Japanese companies in the industry
  • I-O DATA DEVICE, INC.
  • PFU LIMITED
  • EIZO Corporation
Major education/research institutes of the industry

Ishikawa has a number of technical higher education institutions, such as the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST),and the Kanazawa Institute of Technology (KIT), and produces an abundance of talented engineers. In particular, JAIST attracts an outstanding researchers, such as global authorities in the field of home networks, and it actively pursues joint research projects with companies. KIT boasts a number of patents it has obtained and is among the top engineering universities in this sense in Japan; its graduates are highly prized by the companies that hire them.
There are reserch institutions which can offer support for research and development using the latest instruments and other equipment.

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

These concentrated higher education institutions are working together with the numerous information-related companies to advance research and development. In this effort, the Industrial Research Institute of Ishikawa and the Ishikawa Sunrise Industries Creation Organization (ISICO) provide businesses with knowledge, financial assistance, corporate networking, etc.
In particular, at the Ishikawa Science Park, there is a concentration of cutting-edge technology research and development and testing facilities, incubation facilities, venture companies, etc., centering on JAIST. Creation of new business opportunities can be highly expected.