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									Powerful KANSAI
Make Kansai more powerful and attractive!
 Kansai vitality will lead
 the economic revitalization of Japan.
  The Kansai Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI-KANSAI), a regional branch organiza-
  tion of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), has jurisdiction over seven prefec-
  tures (Fukui, Shiga, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Nara and Wakayama) in the Kansai region, whose
  GDP ranks 10th in the world, behind Canada, if Kansai is regarded as a country. In its area of
  jurisdiction, METI-KANSAI vigorously promotes METI’s policies.
  Furthermore, as a government agency that has jurisdiction over a wide range of industries,
  METI-KANSAI also develops and maintains close and continuous relations with local companies,
  universities, industry support organizations and prefectural/municipal governments, so as to
  understand their needs and problems, and proposes new policies to address those needs and
  problems.
  Kansai is rich in regional resources and competitive advantages, i.e., is home to a large number
  of the world’s leading companies, universities and research institutions, and has distinctive
  culture and traditions nurtured throughout its long history. We at METI-KANSAI are making
  concerted efforts to make Kansai a more powerful and attractive region.


                               Concentration of population and industry
                               in the relatively small Keihanshin (Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe) area


   GDP Comparison
  USA                     11,657
  Japan                     4,585
  Germany                   2,741
  UK                        2,154
  France                    2,060
  Italy                     1,725
  China                     1,649
  Spain                     1,043
  Canada                       992
  Kansai                       777                                                            Extremely high technological development potential
  Mexico                       683                                                                            Laboratories of private
                                                                                                              companies (21.0% ’02)
  Rep.of Korea                 681
                                                                                         Business incubation       25.0
                                                                                                                   25.0%             Venture companies
                   FY2004; billion US$                                                   facilities (16.5% ’02)
[Sources]Annual Report on Prefectural                                                                                                   (19.5% ’03)
Accounts FY2004 <Cabinet Office>                                                                                   20.0%
                                                                                                                   20.0
Sekaino Tokei (International Statistical                                     Doctoral degree holders
Compendium) <Ministry of Internal                                               in public testing/                 15.0%
                                                                                                                   15.0                         Patent attorneys
Affairs and Communications>                                                  research organizations                                               (18.9% ’03)
                                                                                   (25.5% ’05)                     10.0%
                                                                                                                   10.0

   Kansai region share of national total                               (%)                                         5.0
                                                                                                                   5.0%
                                                                                 Public testing/                                                       Patents
                                                                                   research                        0.0
                                                                                                                   0.0%                              registered
                                  Area (’06)          8.3                        organizations                                                        (24% ’03)
                                                                                  (13.2% ’02)
                    Population (March ’06)                    16.9
                                                                                                                                                   Companies
           Gross regional product (FY04)                      16.5                                                                                 participating
                                                                               Graduate students                                                 in the Industrial
                                                                                  (20.2% ’04)                                                   Cluster Program
Shipment value of manufactured goods (’05)                   16.3
                                                                                                                                                (20.2% April ’05)
           Number of manufacturers (’05)                             20.6
                                                                                       University teaching staff                     Companies participating
 Large-scale retail establishment sales (’06)                    19.9                        (18.3% ’04)            Universities   in cross-industrial networks
                                                                                                                    (19.6% ’04)            (18.5% ’03)
 Exports (customs clearance basis) (’06)                             20.3

 Imports (customs clearance basis) (’06)                        18.0                                Kansai share of gross regional product (16.7% FY03)
                                                                                                    Kansai’s share (%)
                                           0.0   5.0 10.0 15.0 20.0 25.0
                                                                                          [Sources] Basic Survey on Schools
                                                                                          <Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology>
                                                                                          Current State of Public Testing/Research Organizations
                                                                                          <Japan Industrial Technology Association>
                                                                                          Japan Patent Office Annual Report <Japan Patent Office> etc.




P1
Three Primary Missions of METI-KANSAI
                                                              Provides support for technological development, new
 Supporting new business                                      sales channel development and network development,
 development                                                  to facilitate creation of second businesses and venture
                                                              businesses, thereby revitalizing regional economy.



 Supporting effective use of                                  Identifies problems faced by local companies in the
                                                              areas of human resources development, protection and
 corporate assets such as human                               effective use of intellectual property and financing;
 resources, intellectual property,                            implements effective measures on a continuous basis
 funds and information                                        to address those problems.



                                                              Provides appropriate guidance and supervision to ensure
                                                              vigorous enforcement of laws and regulations established
 Promoting effective and                                      to maintain the economic order of each industry;
 efficient enforcement                                        addresses energy and environmental issues, which is
                                                              indispensable for achieving sustainable regional indus-
 of laws/regulations                                          trial development while striking an appropriate balance
                                                              between promotion and regulation.




Organization of METI - KANSAI
 General Coordination and Policy Planning Department
  General Affairs Division/Public Relations Office             Research Division
 General coordination of bureau affairs, personnel affairs,   Conducting statistical surveys to identify mining
 training, document management, public relations, etc.        and industrial production trends, current industrial
                                                              status and economic trends
  Policy Planning Division
 Planning and research activities to develop new policies;     Information Systems Office
 promoting collaboration with related ministries and          Promoting computerization within the Bureau;
 agencies                                                     system development, etc.

  Budget and Accounts Division
 Payroll/travel expense accounting, budget management,
 welfare programs, healthcare administration, etc.



 Economic Policy Department
  Economic Policy Division/                                    Biotechnology Industry Promotion Office
  Competition Enhancement Office                              Promoting bioindustry through the Kansai
 Planning comprehensive policies for industrial               Bio ClusterProject, etc.
 development; market competition-related conflict
 management, etc.                                              Patent Office
                                                              Supporting creation/protection/use of intellectual
  Human Resources Policy Office
                                                              property by SMEs and venture companies; implementing
 Implementing measures for promoting effective                intellectual property education support programs, etc.
 development and use of industrial human resources
                                                               Next-Generation Industry Division
  Technology Affairs Division
                                                              General coordination for promoting the Industrial
 Supporting technological development; promoting
                                                              Cluster Program; promoting the Kansai Front Runner Project
 the JIS Mark Scheme, etc.
                                                               Regional Development Office
  Academia-Industry Cooperation Promotion
  Division                                                    Implementing measures to attract companies to Kansai;
 Developing an environment that facilitates industry-         promoting collaboration with local governments
 government-academia collaboration in local small
 and medium enterprises (SMEs) and venture businesses;         Information Policy Division
 creating new businesses through support for                  Planning information-related measures; promoting
 university-originated ventures                               IT use for management innovation, etc.



                                                                                                                           P2
     Industries Department
      Industries Division/Industrial Promotion Office               Manufacturing Industries Division/
     Promoting comprehensive measures for industrial                Industrial Research Office
     development                                                  Support for promotion of machine industry,
                                                                  consumer products industry, etc.; support for enhancement
      Alcohol Office                                              of strategic fundamental technologies
     Distribution management of industrial alcohol,
     prevention of illegal use of industrial alcohol, etc.          Distribution and Service Industries Division/
                                                                    Daiten-Ricchi Ho Contact
      Consumer Affairs Division                                   Promoting revitalization of downtown areas; improving logistics efficiency
     Implementing measures to ensure appropriate
     door-to-door/chain/installment sales practices                 Service Industry Office
                                                                  Creation of and support for new service industry;
                                                                  design promotion activities
      Commodities Exchange Office
     Implementing measures to ensure appropriate                    Media and Contents Industry Office
     commodity exchange                                           Promoting content-related industries

      Consumer Advice Office                                        Small and Medium Enterprise Division
     Responding to consumer complaints and providing              Financial and revitalization support for SMEs; support for
     consultation for consumers                                   New Partnerships among cross-industry enterprises;
                                                                  provision of information regarding SME support measures, etc.
      Product Safety Office
                                                                    Business Start-up and Support Division
     Guidance and supervision in accordance with the four
                                                                  Support for business set up; management support for SMEs
     product safety laws, including the Electrical Appliance
                                                                  and venture businesses; support for SMEs that undertake
     and Material Safety Law and the Gas Utilities Industry Law
                                                                  projects using regional resources, etc.



     International Affairs Department
      International Affairs Division
     Support for international business exchange between Kansai region and foreign countries;
     provision of information regarding actual state of internationalization of Kansai, etc.

      International Business Division                               International Investment Promotion Division
     Business support for SMEs operating or planning to           Promoting foreign direct investment in the Kansai
     operate in China; support for overseas expansion;            region; promoting industrial tourism, etc.
     support for economic exchange between Japanese
     SMEs and overseas companies, regional economic                 International Trade Division
     exchanges between Japan and foreign countries                License/approval of exports/imports; tariff quota, etc.



     Kobe International Trade Office
      General Affairs Division
     License/approval of exports/imports; tariff quota, etc.



     Natural Resources, Energy and Environment Department
      Natural Resources, Energy and Environment Division/
      Public Relations Office of Comprehensive Energy Policy Planning
     PR activities targeting the general public to ensure smooth administration of energy policies and programs

      Environmental Protection and Recycling                        Mining Division
      Division                                                    Receipt/examination of applications for mining rights;
     Promoting environment business; promoting effective          guidance and supervision regarding mining and quarrying
     enforcement of laws for recycling containers and
     packaging/home appliances/automobiles, etc.                    Electricity Industry Division
                                                                  Power station development; development of
      Energy Policy Division
                                                                  power supply regions; electric utility-related
     Energy-saving promotion; promoting introduction of           work; statistical surveys on electricity demand, etc.
     new energies, including solar, fuel cells and biomass

      Petroleum Division                                            Gas Industry Division
     Grasping supply and demand trend for petroleum               Implementing gas-related projects; conducting inspection
     products; providing guidance to distributors; inspecting     associated with applications for approval of gas rates;
     service stations; providing grants for petroleum saving      grasping the production and management situation
     facilities security measures, etc.                           of gas companies


P3
We provide comprehensive and vigorous
support for business activities of SMEs
and venture companies.

Support
 SMEs    and
            fo r
                             SMEs a nd v en t u re co m p an i es
  v e n tu r e
 compan
             ie s            ca n bolster t h e reg i o n al eco n o m y.
                                                                          ■Sales Channel Navi

We provide proactive support                                                                               ■Regional Strategy Conference for Supporting
                                                                                                            New Partnerships
to promote business startup and
management innovation.
To promote regional economic development and
revitalization, it is essential to develop and
strengthen SMEs and venture companies with new
technologies and ideas. In accordance with this
belief, we engage in extensive support activities for
SMEs and venture companies, including the
provision of incubation facilities, business startup
support and management innovation support. We
also encourage flexible collaboration among SMEs
from different sectors, to create new business
activities (New Partnerships). We also carry out the
Sales Channel Matching/Navigating Project with the
cooperation of experts and retired company workers,
so as to help venture companies tackle one of their
most challenging tasks - sales channel development.

■Results of the Sales Channel Matching
 /Navigating Project                                             ■Product Presentation Session             ■Visit to company that requests sales channel
 Between September 2004 (when the project commenced) and                                                    development support
 April 2007 we provided sales channel development support for
 125 companies. The number of contracts concluded reached 123,
 with a total turnover of 310 million yen.




Support
              of             The medi a co n t en t i n du st ry
       o n te n t
th e c
  in d u s tr y              crea tes ne w v al u es!
Aiming to become the center of                                          Creative Industry Showcase in Kansai (CrIS Kansai)
Asia’s media content industry                                    ■International Film Conference in Kyoto   ■Kyoto Manga Symposium


The media content industry (movies, animation,
games, etc.) is expected to lead the Japanese
economy in the future. Kansai, where numerous
content-related companies and universities of culture
and arts are concentrated, has high growth potential
for the content industry. With the aim of establishing
a new content business model by maximizing the
region’s high potential in this regard, we organize
various events and programs, including Creative
Industry Showcase in Kansai (CrIS Kansai), which
features multiple content-related events. Through
these activities, we seek to create a world-class
content market, especially in collaboration with other
Asian countries.



                                                                 ■Asia Contents Market (ACM) in Kansai     ■Tanabe Benkei Film Festival

                                                                                                                                                           P4
      R e g io n a
                   l         Crea ti ng new p ro du ct s an d ser v i c e s
      resourc    es
                             tha t make u se o f reg i o n al reso ur c e s
                                                                                                    ■A lighting fixture manufactured employing technique
     We support SMEs that strive to                     ■Regional SME Supporters Summit in Kansai    for creating Takashima fan frames


     create new products and services
     by making full use of regional
     resources.
     There has been growing concern over regional
     disparities in recent years. To realize self-
     sustaining regional growth, we are promoting
     inventive activities and projects by making full
     use of unique local resources. We provide
     support for local companies in terms of product
     development, sales channel development and
     other business matters to help such companies
     develop new, unique products and services that
     make use of local resources; for example,
     products produced using traditional techniques,
     agricultural products with new added values,
     and innovative tourism services.


                                                        ■Ceramic plates for wall surface greening   ■Wazuka-cha, 100% Uji grown tea
                                                         using traditional ceramics techniques




                             Fasci na ti ng J ap an ese t radi t i o na l
                    al
     Tr a d it io n
          c r a ft           handi craft s t h at sh o u l d b e
       in d u s tr y
                             treasured f o rev er
     We support promotion of                                                                                              ■Kishu lacquerware


     the traditional craft industry.
     Crafts manufactured using traditional methods
     and materials, such as woven and dyed textiles,
     ceramic ware and lacquerware, are the origins of
     modern manufacturing, and have brought
     richness and pleasure to people’s lives since                                                                       ■Kyoto, Kiyomizu-yaki pottery
     olden times. With the aim of maintaining and
     promoting the traditional craft industry, we
     provide proactive support for preserving and
     improving traditional methods and techniques,
     securing successors and expanding demand.
     There are 210 traditional craft items designated
     by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
     in Japan, 43 items of which are from the Kansai
     region.                                            ■Kyo-Yuzen dying




P5
We strive to revitalize the regional economy
and foster companies’ expansion into
overseas markets by forming internationally
competitive industrial clusters.

                                            The Industrial Cluster Program (*) is a measure developed by METI that seeks to create new
                                            businesses and industries, as well as to revitalize the regional economy, by creating regional
                 l
  In d u s tr ia                            human networks and developing an environment that facilitates a series of innovations in
    C lu s te  r                            individual regions. More specifically, the program seeks to facilitate the formation of human
                                            networks that comprise various members, such as managers, engineers, researchers and
                                            fund providers, and that encourage competition among members of such networks, so as to
                                            promote the development of new businesses and products, and venture company start-ups.
                                            Under the Industrial Cluster Program, METI-KANSAI is promoting the following three projects:
                                            Kansai Front Runner Project/Neo Cluster, Kansai Bio Cluster Project/Bio Cluster and Environ-
                                            mental Businesses KANSAI Project/Green Cluster.
                                            * “Clu ster,” o r igin ally u sed to d e s c ri be a ‘ bu n c h o f g ra pe s ,’ i s h e re u s e d t o me a n a g ro u p o r g a t h e ri n g .

                                           ■Symbol mark of the Kansai region Industrial Cluster Program
                                           The symbol mark represents the energetic image of three industrial clusters (Neo Cluster, Bio Cluster and Green
                                           Cluster) and three major actors in those industrial clusters (industry, academia and government), generating synergy
                                           with each other and moving forward into the future. The slogan of the program is “Make the Front Runner.” The slogan
                                           expresses the program’s commitment to producing innovators who can lead the formation of new clusters and
                                           internationally competitive companies by implementing numerous innovative projects.




             Projects and Activities carried out under the Industrial Cluster Program
                Kan sa i Fr o nt R u nne r P roject/N eo C l uster
                Seeks to form an internationally competitive industrial cluster for the next-generation industries
           The Kansai Front Runner Project seeks to form an interna-
           tionally competitive and vigorous industrial cluster for next-
           generation industries (information appliances, robotics, high
           performance parts and materials, and high efficiency energy
           equipment/devices) by promoting collaboration among
           companies themselves, as well as among companies, univer-
           sities and public support organizations in the Kansai region.
           Digital Concept Partners(DCP)
           Business matching to promote partnerships between Kansai-
                                                                                                        ■Business Matching Session for                  ■Digital Concept Partners Opening Forum
           based large global IT companies and venture businesses
                                                                                                         Transfer of Technology 2006
           and research institutions around the world

                Kan sa i B i o C l us t e r P r o ject/B io Cl uster
                Seeks to create a bio cluster comparable to the best in the world - Kansai Bio Cluster
           The Kansai Bio Cluster Project seeks to create a bio
           cluster comparable to the best in the world—Kansai Bio
           C l u s t e r, b y i m p l e m e n t i n g i n t h e K a n s a i r e g i o n v a r i o u s
           projects in fields with high research and industrial poten-
           tial, such as drug discovery/regenerative medicine,
           advanced analytical equipment and manufacturing biotech-
           nologies (bioprocess, environment and food).
           BioBridge Kansai
           Project for strengthening collaboration with overseas bio                                    ■Osaka/Saito Bio Hills
                                                                                                                                                                   ■Kobe/Kobe Medical Industry
           clusters                                                                                                                                                 Development Project

                E n v iro n m e n t a l B u s i n e sses KANS AI P roject/Green C l uster
                Seeks to serve as a driving force for promoting environmental innovation
           Environmental business is a new business field that
           symbolizes the new values of the 21st century and helps
           reduce environmental load in various fields. The Kansai
           region is home to a large number of environment-related
           companies and universities/research institutions that have
           technological seeds. To make full use of this advantage,
           this project seeks to build a network for developing and
           providing new technologies, products and services that
           help reduce environmental burdens and establish an
                                                                                                        ■Enviro-Shiga 2007                       ■Battery cases made from recycled waste
           environmental system. The project also seeks to create                                        (9th Shiga International Environmental   plastic (photo provided by Ohmi Bussan
           new businesses and a sustainable recycling-oriented                                           Business Exhibition) (Booth of the Sakai Co., Ltd.)
           society by attaining the best balance between environmen-                                     Business Incubation Center, a key
                                                                                                         collaboration organization for the
           tal preservation and economic development.                                                    Environmental Businesses KANSAI Project)



                                                                                                                                                                                                  P6
                    -
                                 Draw on th e i n n o v at i v e cap aci ty o f
      In d u s tr y
      academ
                   ia            uni versi ti es, research i n st i t u t i o ns
                   tion
     collabora                   a nd compan i es!
                                                                                                                                                     National total             Kansai
                                                                (Number of university-initiated ventures: cumulative basis)
     We support new business creation                            1600
                                                                                              1,000 University-Initiated
                                                                                                                                         Japanese national
                                                                                                                                         universities were turned               1503        Changes in number
                                                                                                                                         into independent
                                                                                                                                                                                            of university-initiated
     by promoting “collaboration and
                                                                 1400                                                                    administrative institutions. 1 3 6 4
                                                                                              Ventures Plan (FY02-04)
                                                                                                                                                                                            ventures
                                                                 1200                                                                                        1132
     joint innovation” among industry,                           1000                          Industrial Technology Enhancement Act
                                                                                                                                                    900
                                                                                                                                                                                            Total number of university-
                                                                                                                                                                                            initiated ventures in Japan, as
     academia and government.                                     800
                                                                                  Law for Facilitating the Creation of New Business

                                                                                             TLO Act (Act on the Promotion
                                                                                                                                           693                                              of the end of 2005: 1,503
                                                                  600
                                                                                                                                                      Kansai ratio to
                                                                         Science and
                                                                         Technology
                                                                                             of Technology Transfer from
                                                                                             Universities to Private Industry)
                                                                                                                                 502                  national total: 19.6%                 Number of university-initiated
     With the aim of revitalizing the Kansai regional             400
                                                                         Basic Law
                                                                                                                       337
                                                                                                                                                                         275      299
                                                                                                                                                                                            ventures in the Kansai region:
     economy through industry-academia-government
                                                                                                               232
                                                                                                                                                     185       233                          299 (approx. 20% of the
                                                                  200                      134       171                                    138
                                                                                  115                                              99                                                       national total)
                                                                        60
     “collaboration and joint innovation,” we vigor-               0
                                                                             18       21      22        33        44        66

     o u s l y encourage collaboration between                          1989       1995    1996      1997      1998      1999     2000      2001      2002     2003       2004     2005
                                                                                                                                                                           ( Fiscal year)
     universities/technical colleges/research institu-                                                                                                               [Source: METI]
     tions, which serve as “knowledge creation bases,”
     and industry, which “creates new businesses” by
     using knowledge created at educational and
     research institutions. We implement various sup-
     port programs to strengthen collaboration
     between universities and public testing/research
     organizations in the Kansai region, and to help
     university-initiated ventures start and grow.



                                                                                              Guidebook Guide to                                                  Guidebook Guide to Public Testing/
                                                                                              Industry-Academia Collaboration                                     Research Organizations/National Institute
                                                                                                                                                                  of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology




                     al
                                 Intellectual p ro p ert y i s a so u rc e
     In te ll e c tu
       prop     e r ty           of comp et i t i v en ess fo r co m p ani e s .
                                                                        Intellectual Property Strategy Guidebooks
     We support the creation/protection/                                                                                                                   General meeting of Kansai Intellectual Property
                                                                                                                                                           Strategic Program Promotion Network
     use of intellectual property of SMEs
     and venture companies.
     Intellectual property, such as patents and trademarks,
     is an important management resource for companies,
     and it is extremely important for companies to strate-
     gically create, protect and use their intellectual prop-
     erty in a manner integrated with their business strate-
     gies and R&D strategies. To help SMEs and venture
     companies implement strategic intellectual property
     management, we have established, ahead of other
     regions, the Kansai Intellectual Property Strategic
     Program Promotion Network, and have been imple-
     menting various programs and activities in coopera-
     tion with local governments and other related organi-
     zations. Such programs/activities include holding
     seminars on intellectual property for SMEs and
     venture companies, internship programs on intellec-
     tual property management, and fairs for promoting
     patent licensing.
                                                                        Invention Day Commemoration Event in FY2007                                          Intellectual Property Matching Fair 2006
P7
We support and strengthen diverse
regional economy.

  Human                   Developing a new industrial growth
            s
 resource t
deve lo p m e n           model with the power of human assets
 We support effective development                                                                                           ■Career Education Project

 and leveraging of human assets -                                                                                            “Demonstration lesson on ‘MURATA BOY’”
                                                                                                                            The Career Education Project organizes
 the country’s most valuable assets.                                                                                        various education programs to provide
                                                                                                                            elementary and junior/senior high school
                                                                                                                            students with the opportunity to learn
 There has been an increasing concern over the                                                                              about regional industries, thereby to
                                                                                                                            encourage them to develop interests in
 declining birthrate and aging population, the
                                                                                                                            society and foster their self-learning ability
 decreasing population and impending mass                                                                                   and skills.
 retirement of baby boomers, as well as the intensify-
 ing international competition. Amid these problems,
 it is extremely important to develop an environment
 that is conducive to the optimal development and
 use of human resources, which are fundamental to
 all production activities. The Economic Growth
 Initiative regards people as valuable assets, and
 states that making Japan a “nation built on talented
 human resources” is the mainstay of Japanese
 policy. In an effort to promote the development of
 highly specialized, innovation-oriented human
 resources, METI is implementing various programs
 and activities through strategic collaboration
 between industry and academia, to nurture compe-        ■Program for SME Human Resource Development                               JOB Café OSAKA”
                                                                                                                 ■Job Café Program “
                                                          Using Technical College Resources -
 tent human resources who can lead the future of          “Metal Processing Technique Training Workshop in
                                                                                                                 JOB Café OSAKA seeks to develop human resources
                                                                                                                 who can play a leading role in SME management
 Japan, and to provide highly professional education      collaboration with Nara Technical College”             innovation. JOB Café OSAKA provides job placement
 and employment support to excellent foreign             To meet the industrial needs of the Keihanna (Kansai    service for young people and recruitment support
                                                         Science City) area, Nara Technical College holds        services for SMEs.
 students from Asia and other countries who wish to      workshops on metal processing techniques to train
 work for Japanese companies. METI is also working       highly skilled, competent technicians who can apply
                                                         increasingly sophisticated techniques and methods in
 to create a network linking young people with SMEs      their daily work.
 to promote mutual understanding between them,
 thereby revitalizing regional industry.




In te r n a ti
   b u s in e s
               onal
                s         Kansai - Hub of the East Asian economy
                                                                      ■Kansai Bio Delegation (Cambridge/London)


 We support the overseas expansion
 of SMEs and promote foreign direct
 investment in Kansai.
 To support overseas expansion of SMEs in the
 Kansai region, we provide various support services
 for companies wishing to expand their operations in
 foreign countries, including seminars, consultation
 with experts and exchange programs with overseas
 companies. We also implement various programs
 and activities to promote foreign direct investment
 in the Kansai region, by taking advantage of the
 high growth potential of the life science and other
 industries in the Region. We hold seminars in
 overseas countries and provide support services for
 local governments to help them implement their
 own foreign investment promotion projects.

                                                          ■EXPO Central China 2006                              ■Japan-China Economic Conference                             P8
            C it y
                                Revi tali zi n g t h e do w n t o w n area ,
     d e v e lo p
                  ment
                                the fa ce o f t h e ci t y
                                                            ■Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street

      We support the development
      of attractive, lively cities.
      The downtown area, where various urban
      functions are concentrated, is the “face” of a city
      and plays an important role in the city’s
      socioeconomic development. To help create
      lively and vibrant cities we support city develop-
      ment projects, undertaken with the active partici-
      pation of various stakeholders, including munici-
      pal governments, local merchants, residents,
      companies, organizations, students and NPOs.




                                                            ■Akashi Tako (Octopus) Certificate Exam - Certification   ■Hanshin Amagasaki Ekimae Shopping Street,
                                                             exam by the City Development Promotion Council to         with decorations for cheering on the local
                                                             test people’s knowledge of octopus, for which Akashi      professional baseball team
                                                             is famous




                                Promoting the enforcement of consumer
      Consum
                    er
               c ti o n
                                protection laws, to protect consumers
      p r o te
                                against fraudulent practices
      We strictly enforce consumer
      protection-related laws.
      We ensure strict enforcement of consumer
      protection-related laws, including the Act on
      Specified Commercial Transactions, which
      regulates door-to-door sales, thus cracking
      down on malicious traders. We also effectively
      enforce the four laws concerning product safety
      to ensure product safety and protect consumers
      from the risk of injury associated with consumer
      products. To prevent or resolve consumer
      problems, we provide consultation services for
      consumers and conduct consumer awareness
      and education programs, including consumer
      protection symposiums.




                                                                               ■Consumer education pamphlets                ■Leaflet on Product Safety Inspection Week
                                                                                                                             Leaflet on revision of the Consumer Product
                                                                                                                             Safety Law

P9
To achieve sustainable economic
development, we implement innovative
energy and environmental policies.
                         Promoti ng t h e i m p l em en t at i o n o f
  Energy                 energy-sa v i n g o p erat i o n s an d
                         the i ntrod u ct i o n o f n ew en erg i e s
                                                                                                                                                   ■Fuel-cell vehicles
We vigorously promote measures                                                                                                                      (Osaka Prefecture)
                                                                                                                                                    Fuel-cell vehicles are
to address global warming.                                                                                                                          powered by electric motors
                                                                                                                                                    that run on electricity
                                                                                                                                                    generated through a
In view of the pressing need to ensure a stable                                                                                                     chemical reaction between
                                                                                                                                                    hydrogen and oxygen,
energy supply and combat global warming, it is
                                                                                                                                                    emitting no carbon dioxide
necessary to reduce emissions of carbon                                                                                                             (CO2). Fuel cell vehicles are
dioxide, which accounts for 90 percent of all                                                                                                       expected to enter the
                                                                                                                                                    market in the near future.
greenhouse gases. We are now vigorously
promoting energy saving through various
activities, including energy-saving plant opera-
tion guidance to local plants that use large
quantities of energy. As part of our efforts to
promote the introduction of new energies, we
encourage companies and plants concerned to
introduce equipment powered by new energies,
and provide support to local governments and
organizations planning to introduce new
energies.
                                                    ■Taikoyama Wind Power Station (Kyoto Prefecture)                 ■Gose Water Treatment Plant (Nara Prefecture)
                                                     (One of the largest wind power stations operated                Solar photovoltaic power generation converts the energy from
                                                     by local governments in Japan)                                  the sun’s rays directly into electricity. Solar photovoltaic power
                                                    The amount of electricity generated by wind power fluctuates     generation systems for public and industrial use are increasing
                                                    significantly, depending on the wind conditions. In the Kansai   in number. Solar power generation systems installed in the
                                                    region, an increasing number of wind power generating units      Gose Water Treatment Plant have a maximum output of 790kw,
                                                    are being installed on mountaintops and along ridges.            the highest level for solar power generation systems for use in
                                                    Mountain regions along the Japan Sea are among the few           public facilities.
                                                    locations in Japan suitable for wind power generation.




                         Ai mi ng to ach i ev e en v i ro n m en t a l
Env ironm
            en t         protecti on an d eco n o m i c g ro w th
                         a t the sam e t i m e                                                                          ■Awareness raising pamphlet on 3R
                                                                                                                         (Reduce/Reuse/Recycle)

We promote the creation of
environmental businesses to realize
a recycling-oriented society.
Addressing various environmental problems,
such as global warming and waste/recycling,
provides another opportunity for economic
growth. There is now a pressing need to
establish a new system that achieves both
environmental protection and economic growth.
In order to address this pressing need, we are
working to promote the development of environ-
mental businesses, encourage management that
takes the environment into account in all
aspects of corporate operation, and promote
3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) through vigorous
enforcement of recycling-related laws and regula-
tions (Home Appliances Recycling Act, etc.).         ■A bio ethanol production plant
                                                      in Osaka Eco-Town
                                                     <Photo provided by Bio Ethanol Japan Kansai Co.>

                                                                                                            ■A solar-powered Japanese-style ship, adopted as one of
                                                                                                             the Environmental Conscious Community Business Pilot
                                                                                                             Projects                                                                     P10
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        Promotin ly
            r supp
                                                                            Sup p ortin g p o w er su p p l y reg i o n
       powe
          region t
        developm
                 en                                                         revi ta li zat i o n
                                                                                                                                                                                                ■Hidamari Salon Syaberoze
       We support the revitalization of                                                                                                                                                          (Gobo City, Wakayama Prefecture)

       power supply regions.                                                                                                                                                                    Hidamari Salon Syaberoze was established
                                                                                                                                                                                                in 2002 in a vacant store on a shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                street in Gobo City, to promote the indepen-
                                                                                                                                                                                                dence of the disabled by providing them with
       As part of our efforts to promote the revitaliza-                                                                                                                                        a place to work, and to serve as a place for
       tion of power supply regions, we award grants                                                                                                                                            local residents' recreation and relaxation.
       and subsidies to various projects and programs,                                                                                                                                          Experts on store operation and management
                                                                                                                                                                                                offer guidance and advice with the support of
       including the upgrading and expansion of public                                                                                                                                          the government. Syaberoze seeks to promote
       facilities, the provision of public services that                                                                                                                                        the independence of the disabled, to create
                                                                                                                                                                                                social entrepreneurial ventures, and to revital-
       lead to revitalization of regional industry, pro-                                                                                                                                        ize the shopping street.
       grams to enhance regional attractiveness
       through the use of regional resources, and
       human resources development programs.
       (Note) Power supply region refers to the city/town/village location
       of a power generation plant under preparation, under construction
       or in operation, and surrounding cities/towns/villages.




                                                                                                                          ■Machi-no-Eki (roadside station)
                                                                                                                           Plat-Home Takahama (Takahama Town, Fukui Prefecture)
                                                                                                                          In Takahama Town, Fukui Prefecture, the information and communication center Machi-no-Eki Plat-Home Takahama has
                                                                                                                          been established on the premises of JR Wakasa-Takahama Station, with support from the government. There is a
                                                                                                                          restaurant where any registered person can cook and serve food to guests, a multi-purpose room, an area for rental display
                                                                                                                          boxes, and a market where fresh produce and other locally produced items are sold. This community facility, readily
                                                                                                                          accessible by local residents, is expected to serve as a center for community development activities, with the active
                                                                                                                          participation of local residents.




                                                                                                                                     Kansai Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry(METI-KANSAI)
                                            Temmabashi




                                                                       Ookawa River                                                   Address
                                              Bridge




                                                                                                                                      ■ 2nd, 3rd and 5th floor, No.1 Joint Government Building,
                  Keihan City Mall /                                                                                                    1-5-44, Ohtemae, Chuo-ku, Osaka 540-8535 Japan
                                                                        Osaka
                  Temmabashi ST
                  (Ke i h an Rai llway)
                                   w ay)                                Merchandise Mart                         Nikkei               Phones
                                                                                                                  Inc.                ■ International Affairs Division +81-6-6966-6031
                                                                                       Osaka Dental University
                Tosabori-Dori Street                                                                                                  ■ International Business Division +81-6-6966-6032
                                                                                                                 Dawn
                                                                                                                 Center               ■ International Investment Promotion Division +81-6-6966-6033
                                                                                                Otemae
                     Kansai Bureau of Economy,                                                  Hospital                              Access
                     Trade and Industry ( METI-KANSAI )                                                          Otemon
                                                                                                                                      ■ Subway Tanimachi Line Temmabashi Station, No.3 Exit. About 3 minutes walk
                      No.1 Joint Goverment Building(2F,3F&5F)                                                                         ■ Keihan Temmabashi Station, East Exit. About 5 minutes walk
                                                                                                                 Gakuin
                                                                                                                 School
                                                                             No.3 Joint Gov’t                                        Kobe International Trade Office
                          No.3 Exit of                                       Building
                                                                                                                                      Address
                       Temmabashi ST
                                                                                                                                      ■ 6th floor, Kobe Commerce, Industry and Trade Center Building,
                 (Subway: Tanimachi Line)
                                                                                         Kokumin Kaikan                                 5-1-14, Hamabe-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe 651-6591 Japan
                                             Tanimachi-Suji Avenue




                                                                                                                                      Phone
                                                                                      Otemae High School                              ■ General Affairs Division +81-78-221-7901

                                                                     Osaka Legal                                 Osaka                Access
                                                                     Affairs Bureau                              Castle               ■ Port-Liner Line Boeki Center Station About 1 minute walk
                                                                                                                                      ■ Sannomiya Station (JR, Hankyu, Hanshin Lines) About 15 minutes walk
                          N
                                                                                        Osaka Prefectural
                                                                                                                                     Patent Office
                                                                                            Government
                                                                                                                                      Address
                                                                                                                                      ■ 1st floor, Kansai Patent Information Center,
                                                                                                                                        2-7, Reinin-cho, Tennoji-ku, Osaka 543-0061 Japan
                                                                                                                                      Phone
                                                                                                                                      ■ Patent Office +81-6-6772-5004

                                                                                                                                      Access
                                                                                                                                      ■ Subway Tanimachi Line Shitennoji-mae Yuhigaoka Station, No.4 or 5 Exit.
                                                                                                                                        About 5 minutes walk


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