Innovative Culture

  • Yokohama enjoys a flourishing hub of companies, universities and research institutes.
  • Yokohama has platforms for industry-government-academia collaboration; it has an environment that nurtures innovation.
  • Yokohama is a great MICE destination, offering a variety of unique venues and spaces suitable for collaboration and innovation.

Since the opening of its port in 1859, Yokohama has developed its identity as a diverse and vibrant city open to new peoples, cultures and ideas. Now, Yokohama is a flourishing hub of companies, universities and research institutes specialized in life science, IT, mobility and manufacturing technologies. Recently, Apple, LG and other major companies have chosen to open their R&D centers in Yokohama.

Yokohama has platforms for industry-government-academia collaboration such as the LIP. Yokohama (life science) and the ITOP Yokohama (IT). These platforms offer collaborative opportunities to promote the development of ground-breaking technologies and products. Match-up events, seminars and exchange meetings are just a few of the ways the platforms facilitate networking and support startups’ R&D and commercialization efforts. LIP Yokohama is an international partner of BIOCOM, an advocacy organization for California’s life science sector.

Yokohama Engineers R&D Technology

Yokohama offers a great variety of venues for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) and co-working spaces. There is no shortage of networking events, exhibits, workshops and seminars held in Yokohama. Most notably, Pacifico Yokohama, a large-scale convention center in the Minato Mirai district, hosts the largest number of international conferences and MICE participants in the nation. WeWork has opened a location in Ocean Gate Minato Mirai and many newly developed office buildings have incorporated open-concept floor plans.

Yokohama has been long recognized as a leading city in public-private collaboration. Since 2008, it has conducted 311 public-private pilot projects. In light of this success, Yokohama hopes to become a leading city in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a similar fashion.

Quick Facts

Ranking of cities with the most international patents (2016 & 2017)

#1

(Tokyo & Yokohama)

WIPO

Academic research institutions and R&D facilities (2016)

157

locations

Statistics Bureau, MIC

Ranking of international conferences held per year (2016)

#1

(Pacific Yokohama)

Pacifico Yokohama

Pilot programs by public-private partnerships

311

pilot programs in 10 yrs

City of Yokohama

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