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Enhance Competitiveness of Strategic Industries

The Chubu Bureau of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has been promoting industry-academiagovernment collaboration to achieve the Tokai Vision (Toward a World-Leading Manufacturing Region) and Hokuriku Industrial Competitiveness Strengthening Strategy, which are growth strategies for this region. Efforts are underway to further upgrade existing industries, create various next-generation industries, and enhance industrial competitiveness based on advanced manufacturing foundations.
Overview of the Tokai Vision
Largest manufacturing bloc in Japan and home to a world-class automotive industry cluster, whose shipment of manufactured products accounts for 25% of Japan’s total Overview of the Tokai Vision
Promoting efforts toward enhancing the industrial competitiveness
 About three years have passed since the Tokai Vision and the Hokuriku Industrial Competitiveness Strengthening Strategy were formulated.
 Regarding the Tokai Vision, we have been conducting regular reviews to reflect the recent changes in the economic and social environment. Regarding the Hokuriku Industrial Competitiveness Strengthening Strategy, we have compiled a vision for measures to be taken by conducting surveys to complement and enhance the strategy. Efforts have been made to offer support and further enhance the competitiveness of the region.
Establishing a world-leading hub for the automobile industry
 Efforts are underway to develop innovative technologies with next-generation vehicles in mind, further advance production technologies, expand the scope of business of automotive companies, enhance planning and proposal capabilities, and open up sales channels, in particular. Regarding formed and fabricated materials technology (e.g., die and mold technology), which serves as the foundation for many manufacturing industries, we have been promoting collaboration between regional companies and research institutions to establish a world-leading hub for the automobile industry.
10th AUTOMOTIVE WORLD 2018
10th AUTOMOTIVE WORLD 2018
Fuel cell vehicle, Mirai (Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Corporation)
Fuel cell vehicle, Mirai (Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Corporation)
Establishing Asia's No. 1 aircraft industry cluster
 The Chubu region is home to Japan’s largest aircraft industry cluster. The market is expected to expand due to growing demand for aircraft. We support efforts to strengthen the supply chain, open up new markets, recruit and develop human resources, and reduce employee turnover to establish Asia’s No. 1 cluster, which will be equivalent to those in advanced regions such as Europe and the U.S.
Chubu area booth at the quadrennial Japan International Aerospace Exhibition in 2016
Chubu area booth at the quadrennial Japan International Aerospace Exhibition in 2016
Final assembly hangar of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet
Final assembly hangar of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet
(Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation)
(Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation)
Strengthening competitiveness of the healthcare industry
 In Japan, the birthrate has been falling and the population has been aging at an unprecedented rate globally. Expectations have been growing to create devices and services that help improve the QOL (quality of life) of citizens. We support efforts to improve medical equipment and create new health management and disease prevention services by taking advantage of the strengths of the Chubu region.
A medical simulator derived from silicone processing technology (blood vessel membrane)(Photo courtesy of TANAC Co., Ltd.)
A medical simulator derived from silicone processing technology
(blood vessel membrane)
(Photo courtesy of TANAC Co., Ltd.)
Artificial knee joint (Photo courtesy of Nishijima Medical Co., Ltd.)
Artificial knee joint (Photo courtesy of Nishijima Medical Co., Ltd.)
Non-powered Exo Suit Walker “ACSIVE” (Photo courtesy of Imasen Engineering Corporation)
Non-powered Exo Suit Walker “ACSIVE” (Photo courtesy of Imasen Engineering Corporation)
Developing the environmental industry
 We support R&D for advanced environmental technologies which underpin the manufacturing industry and which have been refined through the development of the manufacturing industry. We offer support to improve the skills of relevant personnel and open up a new market, while helping develop sales channels in and outside Japan.
Policy dialog with local government officials in Vietnam
Policy dialog with local government officials in Vietnam
Combined type treatment and purification tank(PCNIII-100W)(Image courtesy of Fuji Clean Co., Ltd.)
Combined type treatment and purification tank
(PCNIII-100W)
(Image courtesy of Fuji Clean Co., Ltd.)
Building up the life science and new composite materials industries of the Hokuriku region
 The life science field and highly functional new materials field, which have been identified as strategic industries by the Hokuriku Industrial Competitiveness Council, have been designated as priority industry fields. We help to establish a network for enhancing competitiveness, and advance technologies. We also offer support to develop leading core companies in the region.
A major company holding an exhibition to promote the technologies of manufacturing companies in Hokuriku
A major company holding an exhibition to promote the technologies of manufacturing companies in Hokuriku
Stool extraction teaching materials developed to meet the needs of medical professionals (Photo courtesy of KOJIN Co., Ltd.)
Stool extraction teaching materials developed to meet the needs of medical professionals (Photo courtesy of KOJIN Co., Ltd.)
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