Regional Information Kyoto

Innovation Capital Kyoto

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The information below is as of November 2017.

IT& Life Science

(Related sectors: ICT, Electronics, Life science)

Attractive features

Kyoto where a lot of global advanced technology companies integrate, accelerates research of advanced enhancing ICT utilizing IoT and AI.
Also thanks to iPS cells developed in 2006, the research of pharmaceutical application towards regenerative medicine as well as drug development has expanded focusing around the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, Kyoto University (CiRA) which is headed by the director of CiRA, Shinya Yamanaka M.D., Ph.D support by industry-academia-government collaboration for creation of innovation, research and development and business is much of an advantage in in business development in Kyoto.
On the other hand, the student population ratio is high in Kyoto. In this regard, it already has a positive element for the aspect of the securing of human resources.

Principal Japanese companies in the industry
  • Faith.Inc.
  • FALCO biosystems Ltd.
  • TOSE CO.,LTD.
  • ZERO-SUM, Ltd.
  • iPS Academia Japan, Inc.
Principal foreign companies in the industry
  • NITTA HAAS
  • OMRON NETWORK APPLICATIONS CO.,LTD.
  • IBM Japan
  • NCR Japan,Ltd.
  • MACROGEN JAPAN CORP
Major education/research institutes of the industry
  • The Advanced Science, Technology & Management Research Institute of Kyoto:Sciencepark for ICT, life sciences and nanotechnology by organic liaison among industry-academia-government
  • Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International(ATR)
    Research institute to promote basic and innovative research in telecommunications focusing around Information and Neural Networks, robot and radio communication
  • The Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, Kyoto University (CiRA)
    The world's first core institute dedicated to pioneering iPS cell research, aiming for the realization of regenerative medicine
Major industry cluster plans, special zones and industry-government-academia collaboration of the industry
  • Kyoto University Office of Society-Academica Collaboration for Innovation:
    Pursuing joint research through national and international academia, government, and industry partnerships
  • Kyoto University Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies: Conducting R&D in four areas:
    High-speed information network systems, large-scale, high-speed supercomputing systems, various information systems leveraging on multimedia, and digitizing and archiving of academic resources.
  • Multi-faceted support from the Keihanna Center for New Industry Creation and Exchange:
    Research outcomes produced in the Science City are developed into business ventures and industries, and support is available for local venture start-ups as well as SMEs from surrounding areas.

Environment-related technologies

(Related sectors: Environment and Energy)

Attractive features

Kyoto Prefecture has clusters of R&D-focused manufacturers and universities that aggressively pursue academia-government-industry partnerships.

Principal Japanese companies in the industry
  • HORIBA LTD.
  • SHIMADZU CORPORATION
Major education/research institutes of the industry
  • Kyoto University Graduate School of Engineering:
    Promoting science and technology that emphasizes basic research and balance with the natural environment, and producing graduates with a high level of specialist skill and ethics and broad intellect with superior personality
  • Keihanna New Industry Creation and Interactive center:
    Research outcomes in the Science City are developed into business ventures and industries, and support is available for venture and SMEs from surrounding areas.
Major industry cluster plans, special zones and industry-government-academia collaboration of the industry

China-Japan Industry-Academia-Government Collaboration Project:
A tie-up between Zhongguancun Science Park in Beijing, Kyoto Science City, Tsinghua University in Beijing and Kyoto University

Logistics businesses

(Related sectors: Others)

Attractive features

Since the opening of the additional wharf, Wada Wharf in 2010, and being selected as the hub port along the Sea of Japan, the port of Kyoto Maizuru will offer major business potential as a major international distribution hub linking the Sea of Japan coast directly with the rest of Northeast Asia.

Principal Japanese companies in the industry
  • Chuo Warehouse
  • Keifuku Electric Railroad Co.Ltd.