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Industries making the best use of Kyushu's potential

Kyushu is one of Japan’s leading automobile production bases

Toyota Motor Kyushu Co., Ltd., Nissan Motor Kyushu Co., Ltd., Nissan Shatai Kyushu Co., Ltd., and Daihatsu Kyushu Co., Ltd. operate in Kyushu. The automobile production capacity exceeds 1.5 million units, and the national share of the production volume is approximately15%. Furthermore, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.’s Kumamoto Factory, which produces motorcycles, is also located.

High-value-added semiconductors

Sony Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation, known for its CMOS image sensors used in Cameras for Smartphones, the Renesas Group, known for its motor vehicle integrated circuits (microcomputers), and Mitsubishi Electric Power Device Factory, known for its power semiconductors used in household appliances and automobiles, also own factories located in Kyushu.

Sony Semiconductor Kyushu Co. Kumamoto Technology Center

 The Kumamoto Technology Center was completed in May, 2006 as an exclusive plant for manufacturing state-of-the-art CMOS sensors and it has become the largest mass production center for Sony's imaging devices, including CCD which has about a 60% share of the world market.
●Products manufactured at the Kumamoto Technology Center

The Biotechnology Industry

 Kyushu, with its warm climate and abundant nature, has long flourished in the fields of agriculture and fishing, making up about 20% of Japan's total agricultural production. The manufacturing of fermented products made from rice, potatoes and soybeans, such as sake, shochu (distilled liquor), and soy sauce, has been rooted in Kyushu since the earliest times.  The “Kyushu Biotechnology Cluster Project” is an industrial development approach which makes the best use of Kyushu's geographical advantage. It promotes the creation of new enterprises through research and development, financial assistance, human resource development and employment, functionality assessment, and market expansion with the goal of functional and health food development and formation of mass production centers.

Fukuoka Bio Incubation Center
(Kurume City, Fukuoka)

Fukuoka Bio Incubation Center has been established to
serve as the core site to support bio venture businesses in
transition from trial manufacturing to the manufacturing
stage. The center offers rental laboratories for bio venture
businesses to put their research achievements into practical
use through trial manufacturing and actual production.

The Environment and Recycling

 In the 1960s, while the heavy and chemical industries were developing, Kyushu suffered serious industrial pollution, especially in Kitakyushu City and Minamata City. Since then, however, as a result of joint efforts by the public and private sectors, the region has now not only successfully recovered its clean environment, it is home to a growing number of companies involved in the industrial pollution control technology and energy saving and recycling technologies that were fostered in the process of regional recovery.

  As a result, the region currently has three eco-towns that operate recycling facilities (Kitakyushu, Omuta and Minamata Cities). In addition, the Kyushu Recycle and Environmental Industry Plaza (K-RIP), supported under an Industrial Cluster Project by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry, has launched various projects toward creating a recycling-oriented society, including diverse assistance to environment-related companies, using its network with industry, academia, and government.

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