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Enhance the Competitiveness of Strategic Industries

 The Chubu Bureau of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has worked through industry-academia-government collaboration to achieve the growth strategies for this region: the Tokai Vision: Toward a World-Leading Manufacturing Region and the Hokuriku Industrial Competitiveness Strengthening Strategy. Efforts are under way to further upgrade existing industries, create various next-generation industries based on advanced manufacturing foundations, and enhance the region's industrial competitiveness.

Overview of the Tokai Vision

Largest manufacturing bloc in Japan and home to the worldʼs leading automotive industrial cluster, representing 25% of the value of manufactured products shipped in Japan
Overview of the Tokai Vision
Promoting efforts toward enhancing industrial competitiveness
 In pursuing the Tokai Vision, we are working through industry-academia-government collaboration in the region to translate the strategy into action, including the strengthening of strategic industries. Regarding the Hokuriku Industrial Competitiveness Strengthening Strategy, we have developed policy direction and specificpolicies for us to address with a view to complementing and enhancing the strategy. Based on these, we offer support in further enhancing the region's competitiveness.
Establishing a world-leading hub for the automobile industry
 Efforts are under way to expand the scope of business of automobile-related companies by supporting them in developing innovative technologies with an eye to next-generation vehicles, further advancing production technologies, enhancing planning and proposal capabilities, and opening up new markets. In addition, in the formed and fabricated materials sector such as die and mold, which comprises basic technologies for many manufacturing industries, we facilitate collaboration between businesses and research institutions as part of efforts to establish a world-leading hub for the automobile-related 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 industrial cluster
 The Chubu region is home to Japan's largest aerospace industrial cluster. With the market of the industry expected to continue to expand in parallel with the growing demand for aircraft, our aim is to develop the Chubu region into Asia's No. 1 cluster, on a par with advanced regions in Europe and the U.S. In pursuit of this aim, we encourage businesses in reinforcing their supply chains and opening up new markets, while assisting them in recruiting, retaining and training their employees.
Chubu area booth at the Japan International Aerospace Exhibition
Chubu area booth at the Japan International Aerospace Exhibition
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation Final assembly hangar of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.)
©Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation
Final assembly hangar of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.)
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
©Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Strengthening the competitiveness of the healthcare industry
 In Japan, the birthrate has been declining in tandem with the population aging at a globally unprecedented speed. Against this backdrop, it is sought to create equipment or services that contribute to improving the QOL (quality of life) of citizens. We support initiatives to create advanced medical equipment or generate new services for health management and disease prevention, leveraging the strengths possessed by the Chubu region.
A medical simulator utilizing silicone processing technology (membrane of blood vessels) (Photo courtesy of TANAC Co., Ltd.)
A medical simulator utilizing silicone
processing technology (membrane of blood vessels) (Photo courtesy of TANAC Co., Ltd.)

Postal screening kit, Karada Check (health checkup) (Photo courtesy of Healthcare Systems Co., Ltd.)

Postal screening kit, Karada Check (health checkup) (Photo courtesy of Healthcare Systems Co., Ltd.)
Medicalmesse, a trade fair in medical care crossed with manufacturing technologies (Photo courtesy of the Nagoya Chamber of Commerce & Industry)
Medicalmesse, a trade fair in medical care crossed with manufacturing technologies (Photo courtesy of the Nagoya Chamber of Commerce & Industry)
Developing the environmental industry
 Advanced environmental technologies, which underpin the manufacturing industry, have been refined as the industry develops. We encourage R&D for those technologies, assist in seeking sales channels, and offer other support conducive to upgrading the skills of the personnel involved and acquiring new markets in and outside Japan.
A seminar in Indonesia featuring Japan's environmental technologies
A seminar in Indonesia featuring
Japan's environmental technologies
Recycling facility to extract carbon fibers from CFRP waste (photo courtesy of Carbon Fiber Recycle Industry Co., Ltd.)
Recycling facility to extract carbon fibers from CFRP waste
(photo courtesy of Carbon Fiber Recycle Industry Co., Ltd.)
Developing the Hokuriku region into a home for Japan's major industrial clusters of life science and highly functional new materials
 The life science and highly functional new materials sectors are ranked as strategic industries by the Hokuriku Industrial Competitiveness Council. Designating the two as priority industrial sectors, we work to establish networks and promote the sectors' technological advancement toward enhancing their competitiveness. Efforts are also under way to develop core companies that lead the region and support their growth.
A seminar on the use of highly functional new materials
A seminar on the use of highly functional new materials
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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