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.

Semiconductor-related industries

(Related sectors: Electronics, Environment and Energy)

Attractive features

With about 1/4 of the country's production of semiconductors, Kyushu is nicknamed "Silicon Island." Situated in the center of Kyushu, Kumamoto Prefecture contains some of Japan's leading semiconductor manufacturing plants and includes well over a hundred semiconductor related enterprises. It has formed a large cluster of the semiconductor industry, accounting for about 25 percent of the total semiconductor production volume of Kyushu. Fuji Electric Co., Ltd., Honda Soltec and other companies have also started solar cell production, with hopes running high for the development of related industries. 

Principal Japanese companies in the industry
Mitsubishi Electric
Renesas Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
Sony Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation
Tokyo Electron Kyushu
Ebara Kyushu
Principal foreign companies in the industry

Teradyne
Nippon Air Liquide
F-WAVE

Major education/research institutes of the industry

Kumamoto University (graduates about 540 of them engineering majors); Kumamoto Industrial Support Foundation (R&D, human resource development and other industrial promotion spanning a wide range of fields, implementation of projects ); Kumamoto Industrial Research Institute (approaches targeting the technical divisions of industries active in the prefecture, under the concept “Craftsmanship that Sells”); Kumamoto Prefectural College of Technology (graduates about 110 students annually; based on a policy of admitting small groups of highly capable students, the graduate employment rate is 100% every year, with graduates earning high marks from companies in the prefecture); Kumamoto National College of Technology (graduates about 370 students annually).

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

- Semiconductor Forest Plan
Mobilizing the cooperation between industry, academia, and the government in the region as the basis, the development of human resources with clear objectives and competency and creation of leading companies in various fields will be carried out. Also, through the promotion of collaborations between research institutions such as universities and companies inside and outside of the prefecture, efforts will be made to agglomerate industries with the “Kumamoto Institute for Photo-electro Organics: Phoenics” as the hub.

Transportation machinery related industries, including automobiles.

(Automobile and Transport Equipment, Electronics)

Attractive features

Toyota, Nissan and Daihatsu (finished vehicle makers with production bases in the northern region of Kyushu) are all moving to boost their outputs, with prospects emerging that annual auto production in Kyushu will reach the .5-million-unit level. A large number of auto parts related companies have responded to this development by setting up operations in Kumamoto, propping up the Kyushu auto industry.

For motorcycles, production of Honda large-and medium-size models has been transferred to the Honda Motor Co. Kumamoto Factory, making it Honda's only factory in Japan for motorcycle production.

Principal Japanese companies in the industry

Honda Motor Kumamoto Factory
Aisin Kyushu
Aisin Kyushu Casting
AT Kyusyu
Kyushu Inoac
Kyushu Yanagawa Seiki
Kyushu Musashi Seimitsu
Goshi Giken
Kyusyu TS

Major education/research institutes of the industry

Kumamoto University (graduates about 500 of them being engineering majors); Kumamoto Industrial Support Foundation (works in R&D, human resource development, and other wide-ranging fields to promote industry and cooperative projects ); Kumamoto Industrial Research Institute  (approaches targeting the technical divisions of industries active in the prefecture, under the concept “Craftsmanship That Sells”); Kumamoto Prefectural College of Technology (graduates about 110 students annually; based on a policy of admitting small groups of highly capable students, the graduate employment rate is 100% every year, with graduates earning high marks from companies in the prefecture); Kumamoto National College of Technology (graduates about 370 students annually).

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

Mobility Forest Formation Strategy
Kumamoto Prefecture considers the automotive industry that is concentrated in northern Kyushu as also the leading industry of the prefecture. Thus, the prefecture is improving quality management and production management technologies that correspond to the progress of international procurement and strengthening the support for engine-related companies launching into new fields. Moreover, a study group that aims at launching into aerospace industry has been established, which started its investigation and research focused on semiconductor-related companies.

Food, Pharmaceuticals industries

(Related sectors: Healthcare and Welfare, Food manufacturing, Food-related Industries)

Attractive features

In Kumamoto Prefecture, an area blessed with a bountiful natural environment, outstanding R&D is being advance by universities and testing and research institutions that have located there, as well as medical care, foods, the environment and other fields with deep ties to biotechnology. Companies, groups and others are also spearheading brisk business development in the region.

Principal Japanese companies in the industry

Suntory Liquors Limited Kyushu Kumamoto Plant
Dojindo Laboratories
KAKETSUKEN (The Chemo-Sero-Therapeutic Research Institute)
Mitsubishi Chemical Medience Corporation
Big Bio

Major education/research institutes of the industry

Kumamoto University Institute of Molecular Embryology and Genetics (promotion of integrated research between life sciences and medicine from medical embryological perspective); Kumamoto University Institute of Resource Development and Analysis (life sciences research and supplying of research resources); Sojo University Faculty of Biotechnology and Life Science, Department of Applied Life Sciences (life science education); Kumamoto Technology and Industry Foundation (promotion of industry and cooperative projects between industry, academic and government sectors in R&D, human resource development and other various fields),Kumamoto Biomedical Engineering Cooperation Parnership Network

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

- Food & Life Forest Formation Strategy
In Kumamoto Prefecture, which has the agriculture, forestry, and fisheries industry as its base industry, industries such as biotechnology industry that utilize accumulating technologies have been forming their cluster, following clusters of semiconductor and automotive industries. Moreover, the prefecture retains the nation's leading “seeds” of biotechnology and advanced medical technologies related to immunity and genes, and the prefecture is conducting leading approaches in that area. While promoting collaborations between industry–academia–government and agriculture–commerce–industry, the prefecture has also started working on approaches toward the realization of a collaboration between medical and engineering.