Cultivation of Asian Entrepreneurs in Kawasaki - Through the Concept of Asian Venture Business Town - Fumito NAGASAWA International Economic Affairs and Asian Venture Business Promotion Office, Kawasaki City 1 Miyamoto-cho, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki 210-8577, JAPAN Introduction Kawasaki City has joined ASPA since April 2008 (it is the first case as a local government). Kanagawa Science Park (KSP), a pioneer in science parks in Asia, is located in the middle of Kawasaki, and the KSP project was promoted with the initiative of Kanagawa Prefecture and Kawasaki City. We Kawasaki City really appreciate that ASPA gives us an opportunity to make a presentation at 2008 IASP-ASPA Joint Conference. It is my pleasure to introduce Kawasaki and a case that the City Government is directly implementing an incubation project through the Concept of Asian Venture Business Town. I hope it will be a great chance to exchange information with members of ASPA and IASP. In this paper, I will first generalize Kawasaki’s Industry and then I shall show you some facilities and projects that support and activate corporate innovation. Finally, I will explain the Concept of Asian Venture Business Town in detail. 1. Kawasaki – Heartland of Japanese Industry 1-1 Outline of Kawasaki City Kawasaki City, located in the center of the Tokyo metropolitan area, offers direct access to the largest consumer market in Japan as well as excellent domestic and international transportation links. Directly northeast of the city is Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, which is a central airport for domestic flights, can be reached within only 14 minutes. When the airport begins operation as an international airport in 2010, it is expected to trigger the development of our city as a gateway to Asia. While to the east is the Port of Kawasaki, a fully equipped international harbor that maintains shipping lines with major ports from around the world. Additionally, Kawasaki’s connection to the country’s extensive network of rail lines and roads provides for quick and easy links to Japan’s major urban areas. Kawasaki City has a hundred-year long history as an industrial powerhouse. It was organized as a municipality in 1924 and had roughly 50,000 citizens at the time. The city has now become an international metropolis with a population of 1.4 million and GDP of ¥4.7 trillion ($44.6 billion). Major Industries are steel, electronics, communication, machinery, oils, chemistry, information, and service. Kawasaki has the highest percentage of manufacturing in GDP among major cities in Japan. 1-2 Accumulation of Excellent Companies Kawasaki City, blessed with such exceptional geographic location, over the years has accumulated numerous research and development institutions as well as cutting edge industrial technologies, making it one of the more prominent high-tech centers in all of Japan. Kawasaki is home to many global enterprises such as NEC, Canon, Toshiba, Fujitsu who are one of the most prominent international information and communication enterprises, JFE Steel which owns a high level preservation technology for environmental sustainability, and Ajinomoto which is a food and amino acids manufacture. Kawasaki city has amassed over 200 research and development institutions representing various fields including the IT, electronics, machinery, and biotechnology industries. As a result, the percentage of the workforce employed at scientific-related research and development organizations is number one in Japan. Also small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who own a world class high-level technology are concentrated inland of the city. Therefore, it is very easy to procure parts and components manufactured by highly matured skills. Kawasaki proudly calls itself one of Japan’s major industrial centers. 1-3 Major Advantages of industrial location Kawasaki has six advantages of industrial location. 1) Convenient access 2) Huge market 3) Home to major worldwide enterprises 4) Bringing together industrial technology and R & D capabilities 5) Excellent human resources 6) Three science parks to support the development of new enterprises It is necessary for us to utilize these advantages and play a role in supporting corporate innovation. 2 Organizations and Activities for Supporting Corporate Innovation 2-1 Three Science Parks Devoted to Creating New Businesses Kawasaki is a home to three science parks giving rise to new business. KSP is the first (established in 1989) and the largest science park in Japan. 148 research and development companies are located as of May 2008. KSP is fostering entrepreneurs and supporting venture firms actively as an incubator. New Kawasaki Science Park that is an academic-industrial cooperative research base contains “K2 Town Campus” (research project offices of Keio University, one of the top private universities in Japan) and Kawasaki Business Incubation Center (KBIC), while Techno Hub INnovation Kawasaki (THINK) is run by a private sector. These three separate science parks promote both R&D at the cutting edge of science and technology, and product development through several activities such as industry-university collaborations. Their efforts make it possible to establish new venture firms or make advances into new fields. 2-2 Asian Intellectual Property Forum in Kawasaki Enhancing intellectual property (IP) rights is one of key issues for development of the region. For the purpose of encouraging the creation, protection and utilization of IP, Kawasaki City formulated a Kawasaki IP Strategy in February 2008. On April 19, 2008, Kawasaki City launched the Asia Intellectual Property Forum in Kawasaki in conjunction with Microsoft Corp. Dr. Lee Jong-Hyun, Chairperson of ASPA, and many other experts from various organizations and cities which have friendly relations with Kawasaki City attended from Japan and overseas, and exchanged lively opinions as speakers and panelists. To wrap up the forum Kawasaki City Mayor Takao Abe signed the Declaration of Cities Advanced in Intellectual Property Ethics. Through the forum, we are aiming for the realization of a society which understands and appreciates IP in order to sustainably develop regional economies in the global community, and in the future, we hope to hold the forum in other Asian cities. 2-3 Kawasaki International Eco-Tech Fair To promote the transfer of environmental technology to the international community, Kawasaki City will hold the Kawasaki International Eco-Tech Fair in February 2009, which will showcase the environmental technologies, products and services that companies and other organizations in Kawasaki have. It is planned to transmit information from Kawasaki to the rest of the world about our efforts against environment and companies’ technologies of energy-saving during the production process. This Eco-Tech Fair will be a great opportunity for foreign visitors to see such technology and discuss business opportunities with exhibitors. Kawasaki City has a wealth of eye-opening cutting-edge environmental technology. Chinese president Hu Jintao visited in May, and inspected the JFE Group’s plastic bottle recycling facility in Kawasaki, a bike-mounted water purifier was given to him as a gift by our Mayor Takao Abe. We sincerely welcome the participation of business operators, managers and persons in charge corporate purchasing, environmental management or product development, public officers in charge of environment, industrial and commercial organizations, and consumers in general from home and abroad. Kawasaki City contributes to a better world by spreading environmental technology and products worldwide while also paying close attention to the protection of IP. 3. The Concept of Asian Venture Business Town 3-1 Target Nowadays, the number of business visitors to Kawasaki from the Asian countries is on the rise since their interest grows as they are attracted more. A necessity to make a plan that will bring a mutual benefit and make a contribution to the world in the coastal area through nurturing this momentum has grown. Since 2004, Kawasaki City has been going ahead with a strategic approach called “the concept of Asian Venture Business Town”. By utilizing the power of Asia that is rapidly expanding in the global industry and market, we are promoting to create a venture business primarily led by entrepreneurs in Asian region, and establish companies who are capable to operate globally. We are aiming to raise new industry which is capable to contribute to the world from the community (town) for joint research or an industry based in Kawasaki. By deploying the Concept of Asian Venture Business Town, Kawasaki City will accelerate developing a business, exchanging people, fostering entrepreneurs and raising a business opportunity between Asian cities and Kawasaki and also will strive to contribute to the world by transferring the environmental technology that possessed by companies in the coastal area. 3-2 Assistance and Incentives Kawasaki City maintains a comprehensive one-stop-service to actively support foreign researchers and venture firms looking to develop their research ideas and business in Kawasaki. When the companies that we have attracted initially set up business in Kawasaki, we offer them support coordinating with related bodies such as Kawasaki Institute of Industrial Promotion and KSP. Through utilization of the facilities’ in-depth experiences and noted achievements, the venture firms will be given support for the creation of new, innovative companies and educational training programs. The Asian Venture Business Town is based at THINK. The foreign researchers and venture firms moving to the Town have received reduced-rent office space for two years (50% the first year and 30% the second year in 2008). In the next stage, we encourage them to establish mutually beneficial relationships with Japanese companies, to help them do business in Japan and also to grow into companies that can contribute to their own countries’ development when the companies’ heads return there. 3-3 Information of Tenant companies Since Vietnamese and Korean companies entered into the Town as the first tenants in November 2004, there have been 23 companies from 5 countries/regions in total. They operate their business actively, and there are some which act as bridges between their home country and Japan. The tenant list of the Town is shown as below. His/Her Company name Description of operations Place of birth VTM Co., Ltd. Ho Chi Minh, Development of applications for mobile phones and of firmware for digital (former VTECHMATE Co., Ltd.) (Graduated) Vietnam electronic equipment Ecotronix Corp. Development and sale of DVR (surveillance) systems, sale of chips for Seoul, Korea (Graduated) reception of one-segment broadcasting FECO Co., Ltd. Manufacture and sale of industrial materials (container bags) from waste Shanghai, China (Graduated) plastics Japan Hundsun Software Co., Ltd. Outsourced development of software, fostering of bridge system Zhejiang, China (Graduated) engineers (BSE), consulting, technical support RE BIRTH, Inc. Technology for preventing leaks of electronic information, personal Shanghai, China (Graduated) computer recycling, consulting on resource circulation China Yixing Industrial Park for Environmental Yixing, China Joint Japan-China project, Environment-related technology transfers Science & Technology, (Graduated) Kakei Ceramic Material Research Laboratory, Shanghai, Research on new ceramic materials created using low-pressure injection Ltd. (Graduated) China molding technology Integrative Healthcare Institute Co., Ltd. Research and development in health care and nursing care systems using Jilin, China (Graduated) IT ITMG Co., Ltd. Inner Mongolia, Search engine service (the 4th generation search engine), especially for (Graduated) China EC E-Service Co., Ltd. (former RES Co., Ltd.) Development, manufacture and sale of equipment for transforming waste Seoul, Korea (Graduated) plastics into oil UbiNavi Co., Ltd. (Graduated) Shanghai, China Development of AI applications for software and systems Eco-Vehicle (Graduated) Shanghai, China R&D and manufacture of electrically-powered bicycles Hui He Co., Ltd. (Graduated) Jilin, China Development of embedded control software and Web systems JHC Co., Ltd. Shanghai, China Development, production and sale of ceramics products Development of audiovisual personnel training programs for shared CJ Niche Co., Ltd. Jilin, China multinational use East Asian market research study and service, development of search NEXT ASIA INTERNATIONAL Co., Ltd. Taipei, Taiwan system for international information for Japanese SME, and international business matching Easter Envi-Tech Development, research and sale of equipment to collect steel caddy’s Seoul, Korea (Graduated) aluminum lid Technology development of silicon, R&D of conductive rubber for Tokyo Electronic Industry Co., Ltd. Hunan, China communication equipment, import/export of silicon RM and rare metals related product, investment consulting Luvina Software Co., Ltd. Hanoi, Vietnam System integration, software outsourcing Kenho Biotechnology Co., Ltd. Jilin, China Research and development of biotechnology, international trade Research and development of information processing, information Chusei Software Co., Ltd. Jiangxi, China processing and information providing services Tamil Nadu, Dispatch of Indian IT professionals specialized in CAD（Computer Aided market-i Co., Ltd. India Design） and financial market, on-shore/off-shore software development Renacentia Co., Ltd. Hanoi, Vietnam Development of applications for mobile phones Conclusion Reflecting Kawasaki’s industrial location and activities of supporting corporate innovation as the background of the Concept of Asian Venture Business Town, I have briefly described our support for Asian human resources development that accepts entrepreneurs in Asia. We also feel that it is necessary to establish a systematic means of collaborating with the municipalities and governments of other countries by utilizing these human resources.
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