Regional Information Kyoto city

"Advanced Technology x Traditional Technology" - Make Kyoto a City of New and Valuable Creation as a Business Hub -

Your Regional Guide : Yui Miura

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Industry and Tourism Bureau, New Industry Promotion Office in Kyoto City External site: a new window will open.

488 Kami-honnojimae cyou, Oike agaru, Teramachi St. Nakagyo-ku 630-8201 Kyoto-city
Tel: 81-75-222-3324 Fax: 81-75-222-3331

Kyoto city

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The information below is as of November 2017.

IT and life science-related industries

(Related sectors: ICT, Life science, Electronics)

Attractive features

Kyoto ranks among Japan's, and indeed the world's, most historical cities, and the city's spirit of enterprise, its culture and art, and the industrial-academic-public collaboration that have been cultivated over Kyoto's long history have attracted a variety of industries, ranging from traditional to leading-edge technology industries. The manufacturing industry as well as the distribution and information-related industries connected with it function in an organic and serial fashion, transforming and developing Kyoto into one of Japan's top manufacturing cities.

Principal Japanese companies in the industry
  • OMRON Corporation
  • KYOCERA Corporation
  • Nintendo Co.,Ltd.
Major education/research institutes of the industry

Kyoto is one of Japan's leading academic cities, with a total of 38 national, public and private universities and junior colleges, including Kyoto University, and approximately 140,000 students accounting for nearly 10% of the city's population . These universities are producing leading-edge research results, and many of them collaborate actively with industry to create university-launched ventures with such research results and set up liaison offices for industrial-academic collaboration.

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

Situated in an area of considerable natural beauty, Kyoto is a city boasting a history of more than 1,200 years. Kyoto is a city in which talented individuals have traditionally congregated, and has initiated a sequence of technological innovation, from traditional art to today's advanced industries, promoting the formation of well-established, multi-layered business clusters in the city. In addition to possessing unique resources in the areas of traditional industry, cultural tourism and content creation, in the area of advanced technologies – developed through continuing process of innovation – Kyoto is seeking to form business clusters that promote the creation of new businesses fields, such as in environmental technology and biotechnology, on the foundation of the city's strength in nanotechnology. These multi-layered clusters are being formed by close cooperation between Kyoto's creative universities and enterprising companies, in addition to industry support groups, economic organizations and a wide range of citizens and NPOs.