Designated Special Zones and Specified Priority Development Area for Urban Renaissance

Specified Priority Development Area for Urban Renaissance

Designated in accordance with National Cabinet orders that are based on the Special Measures concerning Urban Regeneration Act as urban renewal hubs that warrant urgent development of predominantly town areas through city development projects, etc. all in order to improve urban-level international competitiveness. Some of these areas are considered to be especially effective for strengthening the international competitiveness of cities, and are designated as Specified Priority Development Area for Urban Renaissance.
In “Priority Development Area for Urban Renaissance”, it is possible to receive aid from the Government of Japan such as regulatory exceptions, monetary support, taxation support, financial support, etc.; however, in “Specified Priority Development Area for Urban Renaissance” you can gain even greater support.
The area including KING SKYFRONT is designated as Specified Priority Development Area for Urban Renaissance.


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Kawasaki City

Designated Special Zones and Specified Priority Development Area for Urban Renaissance

Keihin Coastal Areas Comprehensive Special Zones for
International Competitiveness Development

Designated by the Government of Japan as “a zone with a high possibility of developing a pioneering approach for formulating a hub that accumulates industries and functions that become an engine for economic growth in Japan”. In special zones, preferential measures and support measures such as regulatory exceptions, corporate tax reductions, etc. are available.
Due to the “Keihin Coastal Area Life Innovation International Strategic Comprehensive Zone” designation from the Government of Japan in December, 2011, Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City, and Kawasaki City maximally utilize regional resources gathered in the Keihin Coastal Area, including industry base, while invigorating the industry for medical products and devices with global business leadership. These three parties also promote efforts towards the realization of economic growth and life innovation, releasing a ripple effect on related industries, small-medium businesses, and improvements in international competitiveness.


■Advantages of a Comprehensive Special Zone
 – special regulatory provisions
 – taxation-related support measures
 – monetary support measures
 – financial support measures


■Related Links
 – Keihin Coastal Area Life Innovation International Strategic Comprehensive Zone
PrimeMinister’s Office of Japan



National Strategic Special Zone

National Strategic Special Zones are for strengthening the international competitiveness of industry by predominantly implementing socioeconomic structural reforms. And from the perspective of promoting the formulation of a hub for international economic activities, these zones are also designated areas by the Government of Japan for the unification of localities with businesses and implementing policies such as comprehensive and intensive regulatory reform where the government takes on a leading role.
Kawasaki City was designated as part of the Tokyo metropolitan area which encompasses Chiba Prefecture’s Chiba City and Narita City as well as Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture.


■Related Links
Prime Minister’s Office of Japan
for details about items such as cabinet decisions, regulations related to National Strategic Special Zones, as well as the status of various national considerations.

Research Project Being Developed at KING SKYFRONT

Multiple projects related to societal implementation and R&D that use national projects are being developed at KING SKYFRONT.
Of these projects, we would like to introduce three large-scale projects.




Center of Innovation (COI) Program; one of the main funding programs under the Center of Innovation Science and Technology based Radical Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program (COI STREAM)
<The Japan Science and Technology Agency> (project period: 2013-2021)

 Center of Open Innovation Network for Smart Health(COINS)


 To Actualize the “In-Body Hospital”!

 They aim to build a society free of disease where you are independently in control of your health throughout your everyday-life without concern over issues, cost, and distance pertaining to medical care. To make this a reality, they present the smart nano machine, a technology that patrols the inner body 24 hours per day for diseases. When a sign of disease is detected, the technology immediately informs outer body entities, and performs treatment. In pursuit of developing this technology, they mobilize world-class cutting-edge nano medical research institutes and enterprises to carry forward integrated research that overcomes barriers between industry-academic-government cooperation.


Six approaches toward the realization of “In-Body Hospitals”


■Related Links
 - Innovation Center of NanoMedicine
 - Center of Innovation (COI) Program, The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)



Research Complex Program
<The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)>(project period: 2015-2019)

 Wellbeing Research Campus that creates new industry with societal systems and technology innovation that Japan can boast to the world.


 Through being one of the first societies in the world to experience facing the problem of rapid aging, they will sustainably increase the wellbeing of people all over the world, and create services, products, and expertise to realize a lifestyle that is more plentiful and appealing.


 - Global Wellbeing Innovator:
  An area that serves as an innovation power house, and gathers multiple world leading research teams and research institutes.
 - Data-driven Innovation for Wellbeing:
  An area where a state-of-the-art information base that is based on healthcare ICT and data science accelerates cutting-edge wellbeing research
 - Sustainable Research Campus
  An area that grows independently and sustainably, circulating human resources, knowledge/wisdom, property, and funds


■Core Proposing Institutions

Core InstituteKeio University
Proposing MunicipalitiesKawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama City, and the Ota Ward (in Tokyo)
Proposing InstitutesKanagawa Institute of Industrial Science and Technology, Tokyo University, Tokyo Tech, Yokohama City University, Fuji Film, and CYBERDYNE
Participating InstitutionsInstitute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN), Yokohama National University, Toho University, National Institute of Health and Science, Central Institute for Experimental Animals, Institute of Industrial Promotion Kawasaki, Ota City Industrial Promotion Organization, Ajinomoto Co., Ltd., Johnson and Johnson Co., Ltd., Yamato Logistics Co., Ltd., KSP Co., Ltd., The Bank of Yokohama Co., Ltd., PeptiDream Co., Ltd., EPS Corporation, Medtronic Japan Co., Ltd., and Shionogi & Co., Ltd.


* Referenced from the website of Tonomachi Town Campus, Keio University


■Related Links
 – Tonomachi Town Campus, Keio University
The Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)



Program for Building Regional Innovation Ecosystem
<Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)-Japan>
(project period: 2017 – 2021)

 Program to Industrialize an Innovative Middle Molecule Drug Discovery Flow through Fusion of Computational Drug Design and Chemical Synthesis Technology.


 - Design an innovative middle molecule drug discovery business flow based on a combination of “IT drug discovery”* and chemical synthesis technologies, etc.
* drug discovery support that uses IT skill of Tokyo Tech
 - By means of industry-academia-government collaboration with local companies including ones within KING SKYFRONT, this program aims to substantially improve middle molecule drug discovery efficiency in Japan by building innovation ecosystem that serve as a bridge for drug discovery businesses and basic-and-generic research.


■Main Participating Institutes
 Tokyo Tech, Kawasaki City, Institute of Industrial Promotion Kawasaki


* Referenced from the website of Tokyo Tech


■The Next Generation Workshop regarding Middle Molecule Drug Discovery 
 One of projects at KING SKYFRONT. Known as IMD2 (Innovation Initiative for Middle-Molecure Drug Discover).
This workshop runs networking events and seminars geared towards the creation of new business in order to produce innovative value chains in middle molecule drug discovery by unifying distinct fields of technology gathered in Kawasaki. Must be a member (free membership for the time being).


■Related Links
 - Middle Molecule IT-based Drug Discovery Laboratory (MIDL)
 - Kawasaki Institute of Industrial Promotion