Monday, November 22, 2010

Osaka Mayor's Foreign Business Networking Club (FBNC)

To hear an update regarding the Osaka Station North District Development Project, I attended the most recent Foreign Business Networking Club (FBNC) meeting at Umeda Sky Building last month. With the first phase of the project spanning 7 hectares (17 acres) expected to be completed and made available to the public in Spring of 2013 and the second phase of 17 hectares (42 acres) slated for completion in 2019, there is a lot of buzz in the community as to how the massive land area will be developed.

In particular, phase one is expected to be comprised of office space, hotels, serviced apartments and condominiums with InterContinental Hotel set to occupy some space.

To promote the advancement of collaboration between the world of business and academia, Osaka City will allocate space within the Knowledge Capital area (tentatively labeled Osaka Open Innovation Village) for the two worlds to share ideas and harvest relationships focusing mainly on robot technology, green technology and healthcare and preventative medicine.

With the Kansai region of Japan encompassing a GDP equivalent to the seventh largest in the world, Osaka and the rest of the area are aiming to be #1 in Asia for green and life innovation.

みなさん、 大阪駅北地区先行開発区域プロジェクトをご存知ですか?
先月、大阪駅北地区先行開発区域プロジェクトに関する情報をアップデートしようと、梅田スカイビルでの Foreign Business Networking ClubFBNC)会議に出席しました。
大阪市はナレッジキャピタルの地区(現在 Osaka Open Innovation Village(仮)と呼ばれています)を 企業と教育機関の連携強化のために活用することを視野に入れており、ロボット工学や環境問題への取り組み、ヘルスケアや予防薬について両機関でアイデアを共有し交流を深めることが期待されています。

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