Regional Information Yokohama city

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Yokohama city

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The information below is as of November 2017.


(Related sectors: ICT, Electronics)

Attractive features

Many world-leading electronics manufacturers and R&D sites have moved into Yokohama and environs, and the small and medium-sized technology companies supporting them have agglomerated in a multi-layered fashion. Concentrations of distinctive IT companies can be seen throughout the city – semiconductor development companies in the Shin-yokohama

Principal Japanese companies in the industry
  • Fujisoft Incorporated
  • Macnica, Inc.
  • Socionext Inc.
  • Zuken Inc.
  • Panasonic Mobile Communications Co.Ltd.
  • Innotech Corporation
  • Tecmo Koei Holdings Co.,Ltd.
Principal foreign companies in the industry
  • ARM K.K.
  • Cadence Design Systems, Japan
  • Wipro Limited Japan Office
  • Renovo Japan Ltd.
Major education/research institutes of the industry
  • Semiconductor Technology Academic Research Center (STARC)
  • Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • Yokohama National University
  • Keio University
  • Institute of Information Security
Major industry cluster plans, special zones and industry-government-academia collaboration of the industry

Yokohama City is promoting a cluster of IT industries focused on hardware for semiconductor design development.
Regarding to industry-academia-government partnership, experts in each type of technology are working on linking SMEs in the city with appropriate universities, creating opportunities for industry-academia communication and providing support for organizing joint-research projects.


(Related sectors: Life science)

Attractive features

Yokohama City is working on revitalization of biotechnology-related industries by accumulating biotechnology-related industries, providing support for sales channel development, and promoting technological partnership between companies and industry, academia, and government. The city also launched the Yokohama Life Innovation Platform (LIP. Yokohama) to enhance collaboration among companies, universities and research institutes for the creation of projects; it also supports R&D and commercialization by small and medium-sized enterprises.

Principal Japanese companies in the industry
  • FANCL Corporation
  • Medinet Co., Ltd.
  • ReproCELL Incorporated
  • Techno Medica Co., Ltd.
  • BioMedCore, Inc.
  • J-Pharma Co., Ltd.
  • PRISM Pharma Co., Ltd.
  • Jitsubo CO., LTD.
  • Piolax Medical Devices, Inc.
Principal foreign companies in the industry
  • Bruker AXS K.K.,
  • Charles River Laboratories Japan, Inc.
  • PerkinElmer Japan Co., Ltd.,
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific K.K.
Major education/research institutes of the industry
  • Keio University
  • RIKEN Yokohama Branch
  • Asahi Glass Research Center
  • Central laboratories for Frontier Technology, Kirin Holdings Company
  • Yokohama office, Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation.
  • JT Phramaceutical Reserch Institute
  • Pharmaceutical Research Center(Yokohama), Meiji Seika Pharma Co., Ltd.
  • Shiseido Research Center
  • Research and Development Center, Ricoh Company Ltd.,
Major industry cluster plans, special zones and industry-government-academia collaboration of the industry

Yokohama has positioned the Kihara Memorial Yokohama Foundation for the Advancement of Life Sciences, which has a long history and know-how in industrial-academic-governmental collaboration on biotechnology, as its key organization in strengthening and expanding its human networks and enhancing projects to assist biotechnology companies. The city is engaged in comprehensive promotional measures including support for joint research between companies and universities and other research organizations, and support for formulating business plans on research and development by small and medium-sized enterprises under the Yokohama Life Innovation Platform (LIP. Yokohama).