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Fourth Round of Selection of Applicants for the J-Innovation Hub Initiative

October 3, 2022

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has conducted the fourth round of applicants for the J-Innovation Hub Initiative. After a strict selection process, ten successful hubs were selected.
METI will advance dialogues and deploy support measures tailored to the selected hubs.

1. Overview of the J-Innovation Hub Initiative

Under this initiative, METI targets regional innovation hubs, mainly universities, and assesses and selects outstanding industry-academia bases that are playing a leading role as hubs for networks of companies. The aim is to enhance their creditworthiness, focus public support measures on them, and enhance the capabilities of the top-ranking hubs.

METI selects the hubs in two categories: the international development category and the regional contribution category.

International development category Hubs that are actively engaged in industry-academia collaboration activities with global enterprises both at home and abroad, and are aiming for further business development overseas in the future.
Regional contribution category Hubs that are aiming to solve regional issues, boost regional economies, and take on other challenges, and that are actively engaging in industry-academia collaboration activities with regional companies and municipalities.

2. Outline of the selection process

METI held a call for applicants from July 27 to August 31, 2022, and received 15 applications.
It examined the applications from the perspective of the factors below, and selected candidates based on discussions by an examination committee of outside experts.

Major factors for the examination

3. Successful hubs in the fourth round of selection of applicants for the J-Innovation Hub Initiative

International development category

Osaka University Joining and Welding Research Institute
Okinawa Institute of Science and
Technology Graduate University
Technology Development and Innovation Center
Shinshu University Faculty of Textile Science and Technology Fiber Innovation Incubator

Regional contribution category

Kagawa University International Institute of Rare Sugar Research and Education
Kagoshima University Southern Kyushu and Nansei Islands Innovation Center
Nagaoka University of Technology Center for International Industry-Academia Collaboration
Nagoya Institute of Technology Organization for Co-Creation Research and Social Contributions
Hiroshima University Digital Monozukuri (Manufacturing) Education and Research Center
Ritsumeikan University Industry-Academia-Government Collaboration Strategy Board
Ryukoku University Ryukoku Extension Center
Note: In Japanese syllabary order

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Division in Charge

Industry-University Collaboration Office, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau