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Blueprint of Industrial Development for Fukushima Coastal Area

December 9, 2019

The Reconstruction Agency, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and Fukushima Prefecture jointly compiled the “Blueprint of Industrial Development Placing the Fukushima Innovation Coast Scheme at the Core,” a report showing visions for industrial development toward realization of independent and sustainable industrial development of the Hamadori area and other regions in Fukushima Prefecture.

1. Background and purpose

In an aim to reconstruct industries and employment in the Hamadori and other regions in Fukushima Prefecture, areas devastated by nuclear power plant disasters following the Great East Japan Earthquake, METI has been advancing efforts to establish industrial clusters. Also included is the decommissioning of damaged nuclear power plants, development of bases for robots and other advanced technologies and promotion of research and development projects, under the Fukushima Innovation Coast Scheme.

METI considers it necessary to further advance such efforts for realizing independent and sustainable industrial development of the Hamadori area and other regions in the prefecture. It has been holding discussions on visions for such development, focusing on approaches to specifying the scheme as the core of the discussions.

As part of this effort, METI held multiple discussions with the municipalities of 15 cities, towns and villages of the prefecture, including the Hamadori area, and in parallel with this, the Council for Reconstructing Fukushima from the Nuclear Disaster and the Committee on the Promotion of the Fukushima Innovation Coast Scheme held discussions. The responsible ministry, agency and bodies have compiled their discussion results into a report titled “Blueprint of Industrial Development Placing the Fukushima Innovation Coast Scheme at the Core.” METI hereby releases the report.

This blueprint is expected to work as a new compass of efforts tackled by the Hamadori area and other regions after completing periods of reconstruction and recovery. In accordance with this blueprint, the government of Japan, municipalities of the prefecture, cities, town and villages and related organizations will collaborate in accelerating specific efforts for further industrial development of the Hamadori area, including the revision of the Plan for Promoting Priority Efforts compiled by the prefecture.

2. Key points of the blueprint

- Two wheels of industrial development

Independent and sustainable industrial development of the Hamadori area and other regions requires the following two important aspects:

  1. Improving the management and technical power of local companies toward new business development; and
  2. Attracting new companies, human resources, research and development and demonstration tests.

- Three policy pillars

Based on these two aspects, Japan should aim to encourage the Hamadori area and other regions to play a leading role in such development placing the following three policy pillars at the core:

  1. Becoming areas in which companies are able to take on all types of challenging efforts;
  2. Encouraging local companies to become leading players; and
  3. Developing human resources that bolster the scheme.

- Additional priority areas

In addition to the existing four priority areas of the scheme: [i] decommissioning, [ii] robots and drones, [iii] energy, the environment and recycling, and [iv] agriculture, forestry and fishery, Japan decided to add two more areas, [v] medical related areas and [vi] aerospace, to the scheme and will advance further development of industrial clusters by prioritizing these areas.

3. References

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Division in Charge

Fukushima New Industries and Employment Promotion Office, Fukushima Reconstruction Promotion Group, Minister’s Secretariat

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