Science - Research and Development
Including Kyoto University and Osaka University, there are many universities and industrial clusters in Kansai, providing a focal point for highly advanced research organizations. Located on a hill at the conjecture of three prefectures, Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka, the Kansai Science City (also known as the Keihanna Science City) was constructed as a pilot model city for the future. Through close collaboration between industrial, academic, and government organizations, leading scientific research organizations and cultural facilities were gathered, drawing scholars and research scientists from all over the world to form a thematic fundamental research institute. Preparation is now in progress to make the Kansai region a base for biotechnology is in process, and the core of the plan is the International Cultural Park City (also known as: Saito), a research complex for drug discovery, and the Kobe Life Science Cluster (Hyogo). Furthermore, in 2008, the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application was formed at the Kyoto University as a base for research on induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells), in order to promote global top-level life science medical research. To develop Bio・Medical industry major projects in regions of Kansai, numerous industry support systems and promotions are offered mainly through Kansai Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry. In addition to this, there have been many Nobel prize winners from the Kansai region, and it is said that this is due to the free and open-hearted, progressive and creative atmosphere of Kansai.
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