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Chiba

Chiba is famous for offering a rich natural environment within the Greater Tokyo Area region. With excellent airport access, it attracts large numbers of business and leisure traveler from abroad

. The region also boasts numerous universities and research institutes, with particular strengths in medicine, robots and space engineering.

With a temperate climate and rich natural environment, Chiba is one of Japan’s leading agricultural prefectures and achieved the country’s third-highest agricultural production in fiscal 2013. It is Japan’s top producer of many crops, including daikon (Japanese radish) and edamame (green soybeans).
Largely surrounded by sea, the region has a flourishing fishing industry that boasts Japan’s biggest catches of sardines and Japanese sea bass.
Tokyo Disneyland, one of Japan’s largest leisure facilities, is located in Chiba Prefecture. Indisputably the nation’s most popular theme park, in fiscal 2013 it attracted around 31 million visitors, three times the number visiting Japan’s second-largest amusement park.
Narita Airport and several ports are also situated in Chiba Prefecture, providing excellent international access. For this reason, large-scale logistics centers and the headquarters of major domestic retailers are located in the prefecture.
Chiba is home to many universities with strengths in science and engineering, including Chiba University, the University of Tokyo Kashiwa Campus, Nihon University facilities, and the Chiba Institute of Technology. In addition to a range of industries, it has attracted high-quality research institutes, including many medical research centers. As well as Chiba University and Toho University’s Narashino campus, these include independent administrative institutions in the medical field, such as the National Institute of Radiological Sciences and National Cancer Center.


Recent Trends in Regional Industry and
Research in Chiba

Medicine: Radiology and Cancer Treatment

In addition to National Cancer Center and the National Institute of Radiological Sciences, Chiba has many university facilities focusing on medicine, including those of Chiba University, Toho and the University of Tokyo Kashiwa Campus.
Chibadai Inohana Innovation Plaza, a center for innovative medical projects involving collaboration between industry and academia, has attracted many companies.
Chiba University Science Park Center (CSPC) provides another forum for industry-academia collaboration. Focussing on medical engineering, CSPC matches university research seeds with companies’ technical needs.

Robotics

Chiba has formulated a Science City Strategy to publicize its science and technology capabilities.
World-class robotics research is being conducted in the region, notably at Chiba University, the Chiba Institute of Technology (CIT), the Nihon University Funabashi Campus, and the University of Tokyo Kashiwa Campus.
Together with medical engineering, robotics is another field of focus for CSPC, where joint industry-academia initiatives are under way.
Impressive research is being conducted on field robots such as disaster response robots and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), and CIT is leading initiatives in satellite and space engineering. CIT is a pioneer in these fields and has several faculties and research centers devoted to robotics, including the Department of Advanced Robotics, the Future Robotics Technology Center, and the Planetary Exploration Research Center.

Logistics

Many logistics centers are located in Chiba, together with corporate offices including the headquarters of Aeon, one of Japan’s largest retailers.
Taking advantage of its proximity to both airports and ports, Chiba attracts companies by publicizing itself as “the closest city to the world”.
The Chiba Industry Advancement Center works toward infrastructure development and deregulation with a view to creating a logistics industry cluster in the region.

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