JLGC staff participated in the second event of a UK-Japan research consortium looking at how policymakers in both countries can better understand the dynamics of economic development and innovation in regions and cities.
Held in Tokyo at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, the event heard from senior representatives of the Japanese Cabinet Office, the British Embassy in Japan, innovation-centred businesses and academic researchers specialising in innovation and ecosystem policies.
The afternoon session, also attended by staff of CLAIR Tokyo Headquarters, heard presentations from directors of Japanese city governments promoting policies aimed at attracting foreign investors and entrepreneurs through international linkages, including Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka, as well as JLGC’s Andrew Stevens.
The presentation ‘TMG’s Initiatives to Attract Foreign Companies and to Create Ecosystem’ by Rieko Tagawa of Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Office for Strategic Policy and ICT Promotion can be downloaded here (PDF). A comparative presentation, ‘Typology of Ecosystems’, by Dr Michi Fukushima of Tohoku University can also be downloaded here (PDF).
The consortium is led by Edinburgh University and will investigate ‘Entrepreneurial and Innovation Ecosystems in the UK and Japan – Place-based policy scenarios and options’, thanks to funding from the UK Economic and Social Research Council and Arts and Humanities Research Council, supported through the Fund for International Collaboration delivered by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
The project team aims to build on this collaborative relationship with partners in the UK and Japan, and engage with policy and business communities cross-nationally, especially through partners CLAIR and the OECD. For more details, please see the project’s dedicated website.
(the Interim Report of the project from July 2019 can now be read here (PDF)