Kyoto City has the largest number of universities, including Kyoto University among the government-decreed cities, and produces many Nobel laureates, which makes Kyoto City an integration place of “wisdom” with abundant human resources. Besides collaboration among local industry, academia and government, Kyoto City represents superiority in securing excellent human resources, which is not found in any other cities.
Integration of wisdom
Integration of world-class researchers
12 of 16 Nobel laureates in the field of natural science are researchers who are associated with Kyoto.
- 1949 Hideki Yukawa (Physics)
- 1965 Sin-Itiro Tomonaga (Physics)
- 1973 Leona Esaki (Physics)
- 1981 Kenichi Fukui (Chemistry)
- 1987 Susumu Tonegawa (Physiology or Medicine)
- 2001 Ryōji Noyori (Chemistry)
- 2002 Koichi Tanaka (Chemistry)
- 2008 Osamu Shimomura (Chemistry)
- 2008 Toshihide Masukawa (Physics)
- 2008 Makoto Kobayashi (Physics)
- 2012 Shinya Yamanaka (Physiology or Medicine)
- 2014 Isamu Akasaki (Physics)
City of universities/Abundant academic human resources
38 universities in the city, and provides the research and education base that represents the largest number of students based on the ratio of the population of Japan
Support Organization for New Industry Cultivation
Advanced Scientific Technology & Management Research Institute of KYOTO (ASTEM)
The ASTEM is a foundation that promotes the research and development of companies that are associated with the field of advanced science technology, and that supports their commercialization, in conjunction with the industry policy of the administration. It offers the wide-ranging coverage, including software, mechatronics, information technology, nanotechnology, and life science. If you would like to commercialize a new developed technology, to start joint research in collaboration among local industry, academia and government, to start a new business, and/or to learn about the knowledge of technology management, please feel free to contact the institute. Experienced staff will take care of your requests, and will surely give you some tips to develop your business further.
Kyoto Municipal Institute of Industrial Technology and Culture
The Kyoto Municipal Institute of Industrial Technology and Culture sets “inheriting the excellent tradition of manufacturing culture in Kyoto”, and “sensitively creating advanced industry technology in a new era” as its mission. It is responsible for three major roles that are summarized as: (1) technical support to small and medium-sized companies that are involved in manufacturing, (2) promotion of creating new businesses (the second founding/a new business creation), and (3) support of the traditional industry fields. In order to accomplish those roles, all members of the institute have been addressing comprehensive technical support of the local industries and small and medium-sized companies by enhancing four basic functions, i.e., “technology transfer/instruction”, “research and development”, “test/analysis”, and “human resource cultivation”, as well as ensuring a close linkage among them.