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About the Shin-Kawasaki Zone

Development background

The Shin-Kawasaki Zone, which is located on land adjacent to Shin-Kawasaki Station on the JR Yokosuka Line, served in the past as the Shin-Tsurumi Switchyard. In 1984, that functionality was abandoned as part of a series of changes to the country's distribution structure, and studies were conducted into how the site could be put to constructive use. The City of Kawasaki made the first of a series of purchases of the site's land from the JNR Settlement Corporation during the 1994 fiscal year and by 2013 had purchased about 33.2 hectares of land.

Descriptions of individual areas

The Shin-Kawasaki Zone consists of six areas, each of which has a policy on land usage (area plan) designed to help achieve appropriate and favorable land use in keeping with its characteristics.

Area A

In Area A (approximately 4.3 hectares), which has been identified as an area in which research, development, and manufacturing will be strengthened, the city is working to introduce research and development functions while taking into account the need to integrate harmoniously with the surrounding urban environment. The city is working to occupy its land in the area with research and development institutes in the natural sciences or research and development-oriented manufacturing industry facilities with advanced technological capabilities.

Area B

In Area B (approximately 3.9 hectares), the city's priorities are to increase the suitability of the area for industrial and academic sites and to introduce urban living functions that combine commercial and business facilities that create comfort and bustling activity with a high level of convenience by developing a transportation plaza centered on the Kashimada Overpass, which connects to Shin-Kawasaki Station on the JR Yokosuka Line.

Area C

In Area C (approximately 2.0 hectares), the city is working to develop urban residences that offer an exceptional living environment and to introduce lifestyle convenience and other facilities that will serve residents of the area and nearby districts. A land usage policy is developed.

Area D

In Area D (approximately 8.1 hectares), the city will locate resident-use facilities, parks, and other amenities whose functions include green-focused recreation, disaster prevention, and exchange and learning in order to promote resident health, revitalize exchange and other interactions, and create a new resident culture, all with a focus on developing facilities with research and development functions as part of the Shin-Kawasaki Sozo no Mori project.

Area E

In Area E (approximately 4.8 hectares), the city is working to introduce functionality for creating, and fostering the growth of, new industries, for example business operations and research and development.

Area F

In Area F (approximately 10.1 hectares), the city is working to develop a compound zone that adds urban living to functionality for creating, and fostering the growth of, new industries.

About the Sozo no Mori Plan

Having drawn up the Shin-Kawasaki Sozo no Mori Plan in February 1999, the City of Kawasaki is working with partners in industry, academia, and government along with city residents to transform the Shin-Kawasaki Sozo no Mori Area (Area D) into a location for research and development facilities dedicated to creating new technologies and industries to support the 21st century and for fostering the scientific and technological dreams of a new generation of children.
Developments since the 2000 fiscal year include the establishment of K2 Town Campus, an advanced research facility operated by Keio University, as a Phase 1 project and the establishment of the Kawasaki Business Incubation Center (KBIC), a facility dedicated to supporting the creation of venture businesses, as a Phase 2 project, both in Area D.
In September 2008, a land usage policy for Shin-Kawasaki Sozo no Mori Phase 3 project sites was developed. The city established Global Nano Micro Technology Business Incubation Center (NANOBIC) to pursue partnerships linking industry and academia in 2012 as the first Phase 3 project, marking an effort to strengthen the city's research and development capabilities and to revitalize local industry through the formation of research and development facilities by drawing on partnerships among industry, academia, government, and local residents and taking advantage of the characteristics and strengths of industry in Kawasaki, including the city's status as the home of numerous exceptional manufacturing companies.
To accommodate the trend toward increasingly compact, high-density products, next-generation manufacturing will demand technologies such as high-precision fabrication and measurement at microscopic scales—in short, micro/nano scale manufacturing technologies.
NANOBIC is dedicated to generating major research findings that will drive the Japanese economy and industrializing basic research into nano/micro scale technologies. Companies involved with nano/micro scale technology have already established a presence and begun operations at the site, including the 4 Universities Nano/Micro Fabrication Consortium, a group formed by Keio University, Waseda University, the Tokyo Institute of Technology, and the University of Tokyo to pursue leading-edge research into nano/micro scale technology, and the University of Tokyo's Social Partnership Course (in conjunction with IBM Japan, Ltd.).

Objectives

Background

February 1999

The Shin-Kawasaki Sozo no Mori Plan is developed.

February 1999

The City of Kawasaki and Keio University enter into an agreement on cooperating in the implementation of the Shin-Kawasaki Sozo no Mori Plan.

July 2000

Phase 1 project: K2 Town Campus, an advanced research facility operated by Keio University, opens.

January 2003

Phase 2 project: Kawasaki Business Incubation Center (KBIC), a venture business creation facility, opens.

January 2005

The Shin-Kawasaki Zone Plan is developed.

September 2008

The Shin-Kawasaki Sozo no Mori Phase 3 Project Land Usage Policy is developed.

January 2009

The City of Kawasaki and the 4 Universities Nano/Micro Fabrication Consortium enter into a Basic Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation.

November 2009

The City of Kawasaki and Keio University enter into a Basic Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation.

October 2010

The Basic Plan for the Development of Joint Research Facilities Operated in Partnership by Industry, Academia, and Government in the Phase 3 Area of Shin-Kawasaki Sozo no Mori is developed.

April 2012

First Phase 3 project: The Global Nano Micro Technology Business Incubation Center (NANOBIC) opens.

Information about facilities in the Sozo no Mori Area

Map of Sozo no Mori

Project development

Phase 1 project

Phase 1 project

K2 Town Campus

Opened in July 2000
Site area: Approx. 1.6 ha
Advanced research facility operated by Keio University

Phase 2 project

Phase 2 project

Kawasaki Business Incubation Center (KBIC)
Kawasaki Business Incubation Center

Opened in January 2003
Site area: Approx. 0.8 ha
Venture business creation support facility

Phase 3 projects

Phase 3 projects

Kawasaki Business Incubation Center New Building (NANOBIC)
Global Nano Micro Technology Business Incubation Center

Research Building: Opened in April 2012
Clean Room Building: Opened in September 2012
Site area: Approx. 0.88 ha
Global Nano Micro Technology Business Incubation Center

Saiwai Furusato Park

Saiwai Furusato Park

Site area: Approx. 1.8 ha