Regional Information Kawasaki city

Kawasaki, the pioneer city for industry and research & development

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International Economic Affairs Office, Economic and Labor Affairs Bureau

Kawasaki Frontier Building 10th floor
11-2 Ekimae-honcho, Kawasaki-ku
Kawasaki City, Kanagawa 210-0007
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Kawasaki city

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The information below is as of July 2015.

Life sciences

(Related sectors: Life sciences)

Attractive features

KING SKYFRONT, Tonomachi international strategic base, located in 3-chome, Tonomachi, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki City, aims to generate new industries and establish a cluster of the world's top level R&D functions in the fields of life sciences and the environment. The main focus areas will be on realization of regenerative medicine, development of cancer treatments, prevention of life style related diseases, and public health and protective medicine, through industry-academia collaboration. KING SKYFRONT will use support schemes offered by the Government and make the most out of the potential of the Keihin coastal area. The goal is to establish a base of R&D that contributes to Japan's economic growth as well as to the world's continuing development.

Principal Japanese companies in the industry
  • Central Institute for Experimental Animals (CIEA)
Principal foreign companies in the industry

Johnson and Johnson

Major education/research institutes of the industry

Keihin Waterfront Life Innovation International Strategy Specialized Zone started operation in March 2013, where the Central Institute for Experimental Animals, National Institute of Health Sciences, and Johnson and Johnson locate their bases. It is the open innovation base creating new industry from the world’s highest-level research and development, mainly in the life science/environment area where global growth can be expected. It is located in Tonomachi district, Kawasaki-ku, which is the opposite shore of Haneda International Airport, operating 24 hours a day, a 10-minute drive from the airport.

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

In May 2012, in “Shin-Kawasaki Forest of Creation” (Kawasaki City, Saiwai District), the industry-academia-government research facility NANOBIC (advanced R&D center with a focus on nanomicro technology) was completed. The four-university Nano/Micro Fabrication Consortium of Keio University, Waseda University, the Tokyo Institute of Technology and the University of Tokyo has located in the facility. The facility aims to promote research and education in nanomicro technology as well as industry-academia partnership.


(Related sectors: Environment and Energy, ICT)

Attractive features

Kawasaki City sees the concentration of environment related firms with cutting-edge pollution prevention technology and environmental technology developed and accumulated in the course of combating serious environmental problems in the past. The goal is to intensify this concentration further and encourage collaboration among a wide range of companies with environmental technologies, by making it a central pillar to promote environment related industries that help realize a sustainable society where industry and environment are in harmony.

Principal Japanese companies in the industry
  • JFE Group
  • Showa Denko K.K.
  • Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Incorporated
Major education/research institutes of the industry

The Kawasaki Environment Research Institute, established on February 1st in 2013, is working on promoting international contribution by Kawasaki's excellent environmental technology as well as monitoring/investigation/research for improvement of the region's environment and prevention of pollution and collecting and transmitting information about environmental technology. It is also promoting comprehensive research on the environment through research with the aim of coexistence between the city and industry whilst coordinating extensively with external research institutions and companies.

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

Designated by the Japanese government as the nation's first Eco-Town in July 1997, Kawasaki City is pursuing a sustainable society where the environment and industrial activities exist in harmony by reducing the environmental impact on the region as much as possible. By using the high concentration of companies and environmental technologies in the coastal area, the waste from the city and emission materials are effectively recycled and re-used among the companies.
These efforts attract great interest both internationally and domestically, drawing thousands of visitors to Kawasaki Eco-Town every year.