About Ibaraki

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Basic parameters of Ibaraki Prefecture

Population 2,877K 11th in Japan
Area 6,097km2 24th in Japan
Inhabitable Land 3,975km2 4th in Japan
Area of New Factories* 1,087ha 1st in Japan
Number of New Companies* 304 1st in Japan

*Total from 2007 to 2016

Well-balanced industries
Primary industry
  • Gross agricultural product for 2017 was 496.7 billion yen, the 3rd largest in Japan.
  • Ibaraki is Japan’s number one producer for many products, such as melon, lotus root, green pepper, and mackerel.
Secondary industry
  • Tsukuba City is a center for science and technology related industries including the robotics industry (more details below).
  • Hitachi City, where the global enterprise HITACHI was founded, has many electric and electronics related companies.
  • The Kashima coastal industrial area is a center for heavy and petrochemical industries such as Nippon Steel (former Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal).
Tertiary industry
  • By taking advantage of the transportation network and the population density, the service industry is well provided all over Ibaraki Prefecture

Easy access to capital city Tokyo and to Narita International Airport

  • 45 minutes by train to Tokyo from Tsukuba
  • 55 minutes by expressway bus to Narita International Airport from Tsukuba
  • Expressway network extending in all directions
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An Ideal environment for R&D

Research hub for Innovation

One-third (29) of Japan’s research Institutions are located in the Tsukuba Science City in southern Ibaraki.
Multiple research institutions offer collaboration research program or shared access to facilities.

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High concentration of highly skilled scientists(as of June 2017)
  • Number of Researchers : 20,758
  • −Number of Ph.D : 7,995
  • −Number of Foreign researchers : 7,277


After holding the 2016 G7 Science and Technology Ministers’ Meeting, Tsukuba hosted the 2019 G20 Ministerial Meeting on Trade and Digital Economy

3 research institutions with bases in Tsukuba were selected into the National Research and Development Agency
  • Based on a national strategy, these 3 research institutions are aiming for the highest global standard
  • With the possibility of increasing the salary of successful researchers
Innovation Hotspot
  • More than 250 academic and research venture companies
  • Incubation offices that support venture companies and startup companies
  • Various networking organizations supporting disciplines of science such as natural science and robotics
Tsukuba International Strategic Zone


Within the Tsukuba International Strategic Zone, 9 science related projects are in presently the works. This Zone offers support programs such as easing of regulations, financial aid for R&D companies and tax aid.



①Development and implementation of BNCT

②Living with Personal Care Robots

⑤Drug Discovery

⑥Domestic production of medical radioisotope (technetium-99m) in Japan

⑦Creation of the global hub of innovative medical robots and medical devices



③Practical use of algal biomass energy

④TIA A platform for open Innovation

⑧Practical development of a recycling system for strategic urban mines

⑨Commercialization of Functional Components Production Systems Using Plant

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