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Fukuoka aims to create a leading next-generation robotics industry!
The Japanese Government has declared the robotics industry to be one of the seven most critical industrial fields in its Strategy for Creating New Industry in May 2004 and proactively promotes the establishment of the systems needed to conduct research and development on robotic technology and ensure security. In the strategy for the renovation of Japan, revised in June, 2014, they states that the utilization of robotic technology, which is said to bring a new industrial revolution, will improve the productivity and that results in an increase in earning capacity of companies and wages. According to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the market size of robotics industry is expected to reach 9.7 trillion yen in 2035. Owing to high latent demand for service robots in the medical care and welfare industries, the security and disaster-relief field, agriculture, and other fields of social infrastructure, implementation and commercialization of service robots are highly expected.

Fukuoka Prefecture has applied and received the first designation nationwide as a Special Zone for Development and Practical Experiment with Robotics and promotes the research and development of next-generation robots.
Fukuoka is home to many companies in the robotics field as well as several academic research institutions. Systems for research and development on robotics and for promotion of industrialization have been developed through government-industry-academia collaboration, furthering progress toward the goal of developing the next-generation robotics industry.
Fukuoka was designated the first Special Zone for Development and Practical Experiment with Robotics nationwide and has supported pioneering activities such as robot demonstrations and experiments on public streets, which to date have been conducted 88 times, the largest number in Japan.
In universities such as Kyushu University and the Kyushu Institute of Technology, a great number of researchers are actively conducting a wide range of robotics research in fields ranging from artificial intelligence to the use of robotics in surgery.

Support
The Robotics Industry Development Council (RIDC)
RIDC consists of 343(2014.6) members including about 205 companies and 23 universities and is engaged in the development of the next-generation robotics industry through government-industry-academia collaboration. It conducts joint research and development of robots and robot demonstration experiments on public roads, and promotes the establishment of a social system in which people and robots can coexist, supporting robot-related activities in an effort to develop the robotics industry.

Major Companies
Yasukawa Electric Corporation
The world's leading manufacturer of robots for industrial use. The world’s largest number of patent application related to industrial robots.
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