Regional Information Kagoshima

Kagoshima, aiming to gather food-related industries

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10-1 Kamoike Shinmachi, Kagoshima-city, Kagoshima Prefecture 890-8577
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The information below is as of November 2017.

Electronic-related industries

(Related sectors: Electronics)

Attractive features

A heavy business concentration includes Sony (the global leader in image sensor technology), Kyocera (boasting stellar technical prowess and networking) and other corporate majors, along with a large number of small- and medium-sized enterprises with highly original technologies.

Principal Japanese companies in the industry
  • KYOCERA Corporation
  • Sony Semiconductor Corporation
  • Nihon Maruko
  • SHOKO Electronics CO.,LTD
  • MARUMAE Co., LTD
  • ELM Inc.
  • FUJITA WORKS CO.,LTD.
Principal foreign companies in the industry

MOLEX JAPAN .co.,ltd.

Major education/research institutes of the industry

Kagoshima Prefecture has a number of advanced, engineering-related higher educational institutions such as Kagoshima University, Daiichi Institute of Technology, and the Kagoshima National College of Technology, and there are a large number of engineering colleges and vocational schools that are producing scores of outstanding students. The ratio of students enrolled in vocational schools and the number of certified “junior meisters” is the Fourth highest in Japan, indicating the prefecture's abundance of work-ready young people. In addition, the prefecture has research institutes such as the Kagoshima University, Kagoshima Prefectural Institute of Industrial technology, the Kagoshima Prefectural Institute for Agricultural Development, and the Kagoshima Prefectural Fisheries Technology and Development Center, which are actively involved in unique R&D and collaborative research.

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

Kagoshima Prefecture has formulated industry vitalization plans based on the Act on the Promotion of Establishment of Enterprises in order to concentrate the prefecture's key industries, automotive, electronic, and food industries, as well as industries expected to grow in the future, such as environmental and new energy, and health and medical industries. It is hoped that these measures will promote the formation of an industry complex to drive the economy in Kagoshima. When it comes to collaboration between industry, academy, and the government, Kagoshima Prefecture develops organizations that can organically fulfill a function of research and development, exchanging among industries and coordinating between enterprises from out side of the prefecture and local enterprises.

  • Kagoshima Prefectural Institute of Industrial Technology

This is a core facility that supports the technological development and enhancement of technical capabilities of small and medium-sized enterprises, and makes efforts for upgrading and advancing industrial technologies.

  • Kagoshima Industry Support Center (Public Interest Incorporated Foundation)

The center provides comprehensive support for small and medium-sized enterprises in Kagoshima Prefecture, settling financial, operational, and technical problems.

  • Research and Development Center of the Kagoshima University/Regional Cooperative Technocenter of the Kagoshima National College of Technology:

As research and development centers jointly managed by industries and academia, they conduct joint research and undertake funded research, and provide high-technology education.

Food-related industries

(Related sectors: Food manufacturing)

Attractive features

The value of manufactured product shipments of the food manufacturing industry (food and beverages) makes up 55% of total shipments by the prefecture. It has grown into a principal industry in Kagoshima Prefecture, and a large number of food-related companies are concentrated in the prefecture taking advantage of its abundance of agricultural and marine products.

Principal Japanese companies in the industry
  • Satsuma Shuzo Co.,Ltd.
  • NIHON STARCH CO.,LTD.
  • KENKOUKAZOKU Co.,Ltd.
  • Kawauchi Genichiro Shoten Co.,Ltd.
  • Prima Meat Packers, Ltd.
Major education/research institutes of the industry

Kagoshima Prefecture has a number of advanced, engineering-related higher educational institutions such as the Kagoshima University, the Daiichi Institute of Technology, and the Kagoshima National College of Technology, and there are a large number of engineering colleges and vocational schools that are producing scores of outstanding students. The ratio of students enrolled in vocational schools and the number of certified “junior meisters (masters)” is the fourth highest in Japan, indicating the prefecture's abundance of work-ready young people. In addition, the prefecture has research institutes such as the Kagoshima University, the Kagoshima Prefectural Institute of Industrial Technology, the Kagoshima Prefectural Institute for Agricultural Development, and the Kagoshima Prefectural Fisheries Technology and Development Center, which are actively involved in unique R&D and collaborative research.
Kagoshima-Osumi Food Technology Development Center supports trial production of the processed products, and market development of food processing companies.

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

Kagoshima Prefecture has formulated industry vitalization plans based on the Act on the Promotion of Establishment of Enterprises in order to concentrate the prefecture's key industries, namely automotive, electronic, and food industries, as well as industries expected to grow in the future, such as environmental and new energy, and health and medical industries. It is hoped that these measures will promote the formation of an industry complex to drive the economy in Kagoshima.
When it comes to collaboration between industry, academia, and the government, Kagoshima Prefecture develops organizations that can organically fulfill the function of research and development, exchanging among industries and coordinating between local enterprises and the enterprises from other prefectures.

  • Kagoshima Prefectural Institute of Industrial Technology

This is a core facility that supports the technological development and enhancement of technical capabilities of small and medium-sized enterprises and makes efforts for upgrading and advancing industrial technologies.

  • Kagoshima Industry Support Center

The center provides comprehensive support for small and medium-sized enterprises in Kagoshima Prefecture, for settling financial, operational, and technical problems.

  • Research and Development Center of the Kagoshima University/Regional Cooperative Technocenter of the Kagoshima National College of Technology:

As research and development centers jointly managed by industries and academy, they conduct joint research and undertake consigned research, and provide high-technology education.

Automotive-related Industries

(Related sectors: Automobile and Transport Equipment)

Attractive features

Offers expansive land sites and bountiful human resources within Kyushu, a region with a heavy concentration of production bases, while the completion of all routes of the Kyushu Shinkansen in 2011 has made Kagoshima within the reach of only 80 minutes from the northern area of Kyushu.

Principal Japanese companies in the industry
  • TOYOTA BODY Research and Development,
  • NGK Spark Plug Co., Ltd.,
  • YPK
Major education/research institutes of the industry

Kagoshima Prefecture has a number of advanced, engineering-related higher educational institutions such as Kagoshima University, Daiichi Institute of Technology, and the Kagoshima National College of Technology, and there are a large number of engineering colleges and vocational schools that are producing scores of outstanding students. The ratio of students enrolled in vocational schools and the number of certified “junior meisters(masters)” is the fourth highest in Japan, indicating the prefecture's abundance of work-ready young people. In addition, the prefecture has research institutes such as the Kagoshima University, Kagoshima Prefectural Institute of Industrial technology, the Kagoshima Prefectural Institute for Agricultural Development, and the Kagoshima Prefectural Fisheries Technology and Development Center, which are actively involved in unique R&D and collaborative research.

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

Kagoshima Prefecture has formulated industry vitalization plans based on the Act on the Promotion of Establishment of Enterprises in order to concentrate the prefecture's key industries, automotive, electronic, and food industries, as well as industries expected to grow in the future, such as environmental and new energy, and health and medical industries. It is hoped that these measures will promote the formation of an industry complex to drive the economy in Kagoshima. When it comes to collaboration between industry, academia, and the government, Kagoshima Prefecture develops organizations that can organically fulfill a function of research and development, exchanging among industries and coordinating between local enterprises and the enterprises from other prefectures.

  • Kagoshima Prefectural Institute of Industrial Technology

This is a core facility that supports the technological development and enhancement of technical capabilities of small and medium-sized enterprises, and makes efforts for upgrading and advancing industrial technologies.

  • Kagoshima Industry Support Center (Public Interest Incorporated Foundation)

The center provides comprehensive support for small and medium-sized enterprises in Kagoshima Prefecture, settling financial, operational, and technical problems.

  • Research and Development Center of the Kagoshima University/Regional Cooperative Techno Center of the Kagoshima National College of Technology:

As research and development centers jointly managed by industries and academy, they conduct joint research and undertake consigned research, and provide high-technology education.