Purpose of Establishment of the “Fukushima Innovation Coast Promotion Organization” (Public Interest Incorporated Foundation)
The “Fukushima International Research and Industry City Framework” (dubbed [Fukushima Innovation Coast Framework]), hereinafter referred to as the “Framework” has been founded to fulfill its mission in the Fukushima Hamadori area, or the coastal region of Fukushima Prefecture, where the industrial infrastructure and employment opportunities were lost due to the nuclear disaster.
Its multiple goals are the following: First and foremost, to promote the decommissioning of nuclear reactors, which is essential for reconstruction.
Alongside, its goal is also to promote the creation of new industrial clusters in the sectors robotics and energy as well as in other related industrial sectors, through the establishment of robot development and testing centers, in addition to international industry-academic collaboration centers (including facilities such as information dissemination centers [archive centers]).
Further goals are to revitalize the agroforestry and fisheries industries by introducing advanced technologies and to present to the world the stunning recovery of the area by effectively training human resources and deploying researchers, as well as by improving the surrounding environment in a way that encourages residents to return.
Three years have passed since the Framework was established in June 2014.
During this period, the Naraha Center for Remote Control Technology Development (NARREC) and the Collaborative Laboratories for Advanced Decommissioning Science (CLADS) – International Collaborative Research Building have begun full-scale operation.
The preliminary work at the Okuma Analysis and Research Center, the Fukushima Robot Test Field, at the International Industry-University-Government Joint Usage Facilities and in the information dissemination centers (archive bases) is proceeding as planned.
Furthermore, in May 2017, the revised Act on Special Measures for the Reconstruction and Revitalization of Fukushima was promulgated and enforced, and the promotion of the Framework was ranked as a national project in both name and reality.
The Fukushima Innovation Coast Promotion Organization (FIPO) was established by Fukushima Prefecture on July 25, 2017 as the central corporation for promoting the Framework. From now on, in cooperation with the prefectural government, we will work to materialize the Framework beginning with the various projects, each with the centers playing a leading role. In doing so, we will not only contribute to the recovery and revitalization of the coastal region of Fukushima Prefecture where the industrial infrastructure was lost due to the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011 and the nuclear disaster, but will also contribute to the social and economic progress of Fukushima Prefecture.