In December 2011, the Japanese government selected Fukuoka as one of seven International Strategic Zones (Regions) of Japan as the launch pad for Japanese green technology to the rest of Asia. These regions selected as International Strategic Zones will receive funding, subsidies, tax incentives, and/or other tangible and intangible benefits from the government, based on specific needs and requirements.
Kitakyushu Asian Center for Low Carbon Society
A collaboration between public and private sectors centering on Kitakyushu Asian Center for Low Carbon Society seeking to combine and commercialize (package) technology and know-how relating to urban environmental infrastructures in order to meet the needs of partners.
Development of Overseas Water Business through Collaboration between Public and Private Sectors
In the water business field, promote development of environmental business in Asia, packaged from planning to management and operation. Package technology and knowledge from public and private sectors in water business and promote marketing and sales activities utilizing hubs for developing international strategies centering on overseas networks and Water Plaza Kitakyushu.
Projects to Create Smart Communities
In addition to demonstrations of smart communities, promote the development of environmental business in Asia with a focus on packaging technology and know-how. Package demonstrations of smart communities, as well as technology and know-how, in Kitakyushu's Higashida district and Fukuoka's Island City Urban Development Area (Higashi-ku), and deploy these overseas and to other areas in Japan.
Construction of Hubs for the Development and Production of Products with Sophisticated Eco-friendly Functions and Highcost Performance
Construct an integrated industrial hub for all processes from R&D to mass-production to produce products with high environmental and cost performance, for which there is expected to be an increasing demand in Asia and the rest of the world.
Creation of Hubs for Green Innovation Research
Industry, academia and government collaborate in linking the world’s most advanced research from universities, such as organic EL, with industrial growth, and employ a diverse range of demonstrative fields in creating research hubs that play a leading role in green innovation linked to commercialization. Deploy high environmental performance products, for which there is an increasing demand, to Asia, and obtain global standards through their proliferation.
Creation and Deployment of Next Generation Hubs relating to theRecycling of Resources etc.
Establish recycling technology and social systems in the field of new resources such as rare metals, and aim to create hubs.
Creation of East Asia High Speed Maritime Green Logistics Network and Hubs
Utilizing Japan’s close geographical proximity with the Asian mainland, construct the East Asia High Speed Maritime Green Logistics Network and hubs that use low-cost ( 1/5 or less ) and low environmental impact (1/40 or less) international RORO vessels at speeds comparable with air transportation, making transportation to major cities in South Korea and China possible in around 1 day.
Developmental Support for SMEs in Asia
In addition to improving and strengthening one-stop service support functions, combining networks between cities and regions in Asia, and promoting bidirectional business ventures and technological exchanges between Japan and other Asian countries, actively push through initiatives to allow not only major companies but also SMEs and ventures, both domestic and foreign, to flourish.