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A Regional Industry Promotion Project

Yoshiki Amamoto
Industrial Technology Institute, Miyagi, Japan

Tomoo Kayaba
Industrial Technology Institute, Miyagi, Japan

Kazuhiko Mori
Industrial Technology Institute, Miyagi, Japan

Motohisa Ono
Miyagi University of Education, Japan

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Published in: 10th QMOD Conference. Quality Management and Organiqatinal Development. Our Dreams of Excellence; 18-20 June; 2007 in Helsingborg; Sweden

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 26:7, p.

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Published: 2008-02-15


ISSN: 1650-3686 (print), 1650-3740 (online)


Industrial Technology Institute; Miyagi (ITIM) is classified into the category of Kohsetsushi (public research institute) in Japan. Kohsetsushi is a regional public research; examination and technology center. Kohsetsushi provides research services; testing; training; and technological guidance for small and medium-sized enterprises.(Shapira; P. 1990; 1992)

Recently; in Japan; universities; institutes and technical colleges (UICs) have become active in making a regional contribution. A social environment was formed where Kohsetsushi could collaborate with the academic institutions to provide technological assistance to business enterprises in the region. In addition Miyagi Prefecture; which has a population of 2.36 million; has many UICs; including worldrenowned Tohoku University in its area. The result of a questionnaire on ITIM users suggested that more than 85% of them would like to take advantage of local universities; institutes and technical colleges when they have a need of technical development or technical advice.

Under those circumstances; in June 2005 Miyagi Prefecture concluded the Mutual Cooperation Agreement on Technical Assistance to Local Business Enterprises with 10 local academic institutions; and established the KC-Miyagi project in which the prefecture and the local academic institutions would promote local industry.

In 2006; two additional local academic institutions joined the project; which put the total participant institutions at twelve. KC-Miyagi is the name of this project; where KC is an acronym of Kodoka Center (Upgrade Center).

This paper introduces the KCMiyagi project and discusses its implementation until now; based on the pyramid concept of QMOD; 4P definition; and the aim and ideas of conference.


Kohsetsushi; university; partnership; portal; region; enterprise Category: Case Study


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