Regional Information Kumamoto

Kumamoto -  Japan’s  leading semiconductor industry center - the automobile and food service industries are also concentrating one after another -

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The information below is as of November 2017.

Industries related to presymptomatic disease or advanced medical care

(Related sectors: Life science)

Attractive features

Many companies in the area involved in regeneration/cellular medicine and healthcare/welfare are clustered in Kanagawa Prefecture. In addition, the whole or part of the prefecture is designated as National Strategic Special Zones or Keihin Waterfront Life Innovation International Strategy Specialized Zone, so an environment is prepared for companies in the most advanced medical care and technology areas to start business.

Principal Japanese companies in the industry
Ajinomoto Co., Inc.

Shiseido Company, Limited
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited.
FUJIFILM Corporation

Principal foreign companies in the industry

Johnson & Johnson K.K.
Agilis GTRI Japan K.K.

Major education/research institutes of the industry

Kanagawa Prefecture is developing the Life Innovation Center, an industrialization base for regeneration/cellular medicine in Tonomachi district of Kawasaki City under public-private joint operation. There are also leading universities in Japan such as Keio University and Tokyo Institute of Technology and many education and research institutes including Yokohama City University Medical Center, and research and development and the development of global human resources are actively being implemented.

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

- Industry cluster plan: By promoting efforts fusing two different approaches, namely “pursuing most advanced medical care and latest technology” and “alleviating presymptomatic disease,” the plan promotes “healthcare and new frontier” policy to overcome the super-aged society.

- Features of industry-academia-government collaboration (an example): Regenerative Medicine and Cell Therapy Industrialization Network of Kanagawa (RINK) was established in October 2016, mainly by the companies located in LIC, and collaboration in the area of regeneration/cellular medicine among companies, research institutes and financial institutes is being reinforced.

Robot-related industry

(Related sectors: Electronics, ICT, Life science)

Attractive features

In Kanagawa Prefecture, the number of residents engaged in research and development is the largest in Japan, and robot-related industry at the top level in Japan is accumulated. The Sagami Robot Industry Special Zone, promoting the commercialization and diffusion of robots to assist people’s daily lives, is also located within the prefecture. Within the zone, activities of companies are supported through deregulation and taxation supporting measures.

Principal Japanese companies in the industry

FUJIFILM Corporation
NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD.
SHONAN ROBOCARE CENTER

Major education/research institutes of the industry

Demonstration experiments of robots to assist people’s daily lives are being promoted mainly by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Tokai University, and Kanagawa Rehabilitation Center, and research and development and demonstration experiments for realizing this practical use are actively being conducted.

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

“Sagami Robot Industry Special Zone Council,” consisting of companies, universities, economic organizations, and the governments of municipalities and the prefecture, is established to promote industry-academia-government collaboration. Specifically, research and development are promoted at subcommittees promoting demonstration experiments, and an environment for the establishment of new businesses is developed by the Industry Cluster Promotion Subcommittee, mainly composed by municipalities, to comprehensively promote industry within the special zone.

IT electoronics

(Related sectors: ICT, Electoronics)

Attractive features

Accumulation of the IT/electronics industry in Kanagawa Prefecture is at the top level of Japan. Many globally-famous companies including Fujitsu, Canon, Toshiba, Sony and Ricoh are clustered here. There are also many areas with high density of sophisticated companies and research institutes operated under public-private collaboration, such as “Kawasaki Science Park” and “Yokosuka Research Park,” providing an environment for promoting the creation of innovation in the industry.

Principal Japanese companies in the industry

FUJITSU LIMITED
Canon Inc.

Major education/research institutes of the industry

There are many education and research institutes including Kanagawa Institute of Industrial Science and Technology, Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology, Keio University and Tokyo Institute of Technology. There are also many areas with a high density of the latest research and development bases, such as Kawasaki Science Park and Yokosuka Research Park, where research and development activities and the development of global human resources are actively being implemented.

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

- Industry cluster plan: The prefecture is engaged in science technology policy through its formulation of the “Kanagawa Prefecture Science and Technology Policy Outline,” which supports the vision of the prefecture from a science and technology aspect, in March 2017, based on recent changes in the socioeconomic situation including the arrival of depopulating society and ICT development.

- Features of industry-academia-government collaboration (an example): Kanagawa Institute of Industrial Science and Technology is supporting the creation of the new customer value to those engaged in the industry by implementing consistent support from basic study to commercialization.