Potential of green innovation field
Potential in the field of green innovation
In Kansai, the world’s top class companies related to green businesses, especially batteries and electrical apparatus, and research institutes such as Kyoto University, Osaka University, Kobe University and the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth are concentrated. Also, it is designated as a zone of the “Kansai Innovation Comprehensive Global Strategic Special Zone”, which is a special zone system that aims to enhance international competitiveness and form an international economic activity base, in which companies located in Kansai can receive various regulatory and taxation benefits.
Especially in the battery field, a wide range of manufacturers, ranging from parts/material and production apparatus to final product, are located in Kansai. This battery cluster, which is unparalleled in the world, is formed by the combination of analysis institutions and high-leveled research institutes. Furthermore, the “Battery Strategy Research Center”, a base of industry-academia collaboration, is located in Osaka Prefecture, where the promotion of collaboration among companies and research institutes, and advancement of the battery industry by the whole region is pursued.
Not only the battery industry, but also the demonstration test of smart community and the building of business models are underway, which makes the region advantageous for companies that are interested in green business and R&D in the future.
Green industry concentration in Kansai
- Kansai is the biggest battery production base in Japan, and accounts for about 60% of the domestic production of solar cell modules and lithium ion batteries.
Domestic share of lithium ion batteries and solar cell modules
(Note) Kansai consists of 9 prefectures including Fukui Prefecture here.
(Data) Union of Kansai Governments "Kansai Region-wide Industrial Promotion Vision"
- With the head offices of many companies that have the world’s top class share (Panasonic, SHARP, KYOCERA), Kansai is a competitive green industry area in Japan, especially the battery industry, and related companies are concentrated here. Also, a wide range of manufacturers ranging from parts to final products and production apparatus are concentrated in Kansai.
Major green infrastructure
Development of one of the world’s largest testing/evaluating facilities
- NITE ([independent administrative corporation] National Institute of Technology and Evaluation) has been developing one of the world’s largest testing/evaluating facilities for large-sized storage batteries in the Sakishima Cosmo Square area in Osaka city. (Scheduled to be completed on April 1, 2016)
Umeda in green business
- Thanks to Umeda2’s excellent accessibility to universities and research institutes located in Kansai, innovative green companies are starting businesses in Umeda.
Also, GRAND FRONT OSAKA located in Umeda has a "Future Life Showroom" where you can experience a future life, with information related to the smart community presented by various companies.
Furthermore, Umeda is one of the areas designated as an international strategic comprehensive special zone of the nation, where companies that satisfy certain criteria in the area can receive incentives.