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04. “Fukuoka City as a ‘Knowledge-Creating City'”





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Column 04. Fukuoka City as a ‘Knowledge-Creating City’

(by Makoto OKADA, Special Researcher)
The Fukuoka Asian Urban Research Center has conducted investigations and research on policy issues for creating a “Startup City” in connection with Fukuoka City’s policy of the “Special Zone for Global Startups and Job Creation.”
As part of these activities, we compiled the progress status of the Fukuoka Soft Research Park (SRP) Project and the situation of the clustering of the game industry in an effort to identify policy issues for creating a “Startup City” based on the evaluation of the past urban and industrial policies of Fukuoka City.
The Fukuoka SRP Project in Momochihama, Sawara-ku, Fukuoka City successfully attracted six companies and corporate groups including NEC, Hitachi, Fujitsu, former Matsushita Electric Industrial (currently Panasonic), IBM Japan, Aso, Daewoo (Korea), and former Fukuoka City Bank (currently Nishi-Nippon City Bank). With the subsequent participation of SONY, the Park became a hub of system LSI designing and software research and development. By 2012, the number of establishments in the information and communication industry in Momochihama reached 65 employing 5,707 people or 46.1% of the workers in Momochihama. The number of companies in the system LSI-related industry that have offices in Fukuoka City rose rapidly from 18 in 2000 to 136 in 2010. The Project has thus achieved significant results and created a basis for developing Fukuoka City into a knowledge-creating city that generates new value.
In the Fukuoka SRP, the Institute of Systems, Information Technologies and Nanotechnologies (ISIT) has played the role of go-between in research exchange among engineers working for information development sections of major electronics companies and between them and universities and local small and medium-sized enterprises. ISIT was founded by Fukuoka City in cooperation with Kyushu University.
ISIT initially started with three laboratories: (1) Laboratory 1 (system LSI design technology); (2) Laboratory 2 (software design technology and internet technology); and (3) Laboratory 3 (robot technology and human interface technology). Subsequently, ISIT expanded its research areas with the creation of (4) a nanotechnology research laboratory and (5) an organic photo device research laboratory. Furthermore, it is considered that ISIT has contributed to the establishment of facilities such as the Fukuoka Institute of System LSI Design Industry which are related to “Fukuoka IST,” a core facility in the “Silicon Sea Belt Fukuoka Project” launched by Fukuoka Prefecture and Kyushu University.
There is a local company that has improved its R&D capabilities and has transformed itself into an advanced technology company while participating in the research and development projects of ISIT and the Fukuoka Institute of System LSI Design Industry.
It is Logical Product Corporation in Minami-ku, Fukuoka City (23 employees).
The company was founded in 1994 as an electronic device design company. Its main business was to design electronic devices, in particular wireless devices, on commission. However, it had a strong desire to manufacture its own products in order to stabilize and grow its business. The company proposed and implemented a project on the “development of ultra-miniature measurement device for actual strain history and its application to the remote fatigue diagnosis of building structures,” as a competitive funding project for fiscal year 2000 (tendered by the Organization for Small & Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation, Japan), together with ISIT, Kyushu University and one other company. In 2004, the company participated as a research cooperation company in the “development of LSIs for mobile systems with ultra-low energy consumption,” which is an intellectual cluster creation project. Furthermore, it participated in a strategic creative research promotion project in 2006, the 2nd intellectual cluster creation project in 2007, and a regional innovation creation research and development project in 2008.
9-axis wireless motion sensor: This product has versatile applications ranging from motion measurement to robots, human engineering, virtual reality and rehabilitation.
In 2006, Logical Product developed a small wireless module in the “development and application of wireless communication modules with low power consumption for robots,” which was part of a project to strengthen technological capabilities for the development of robots sponsored by the Robotics Industry Development Council. The product developed was a wireless module used for robots. The module which was developed jointly with ISIT, Fukuoka Institute of Technology, and others, rectified the inconvenience posed by noise-susceptible traditional wireless modules.
This “small wireless module” caught the attention of the Japan Sport Council, and it was combined with a sensor and used for the training of the hammer thrower, Koji Murofushi. The company subsequently made many improvements and launched its original product, “9-axis wireless motion sensor,” in 2009.
With development support from the Robotics Industry Development Council, Logical Product conducted joint research with ISIT and made improvements to wireless motion sensors used for biomedical measurement of, for instance, myoelectric activity and heartbeat, and a system that analyses and displays sensor information. As a result, the company’s wireless motion sensor system has been used in a wide range of sport. It is currently used by universities in almost every prefecture in Japan. The product is sold only in Japan as providing maintenance service overseas is difficult. The list of the company’s clients includes universities throughout Japan including the University of Tokyo. Almost half of the company’s sales come from these in-house products.
Furthermore, demand for this product that uses a sensor to wirelessly measure the status of spinning or vibrating devices is expanding to industry. The company was also involved in the production by the Fukuoka Institute of Technology of a small satellite (nicknamed Niwaka) which was released from the International Space Station in October 2012. Logical Product is playing an active role as a local advanced technology company.
I hope that more and more local advanced technology companies follow the example of Logical Product, by making full use of Fukuoka City’s functions as a knowledge-creating city.

04. 「9軸ワイヤレスモーションセンサ」を開発した地場企業の活躍

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