History of City Construction
The construction of the Keihanna Science City was proposed by the "Kansai Science City Surveillance Conversazione" (Chairman: Azuma Okuda, former Head of Kyoto University) in 1978. The idea was finalized when the "Kansai Science City Construction Promotion Conference" was established in 1983, by Kyoto, Osaka, and Nara prefectures and economic organizations in the Kansai region. Following the enactment of the Kansai Science City Construction Act in 1987, full-scale construction began as a national project for Japan. 30 years have passed since the law came into effect, and about 60 percent of the cultural and scientific research districts are now ready for use. We are currently in the process of moving onto the next step of construction to create a research city with top-level management systems - applying the knowledge and experience we have gathered over the course of our accomplishments with this project.
|1978||September: "Kansai Science City Surveillance Conversazione (Chairman: Azuma Okuda, ex principal of Kyoto University)" was set up.|
|November: Japan's Prime Minister approved a "Basic Development Plan for the Kinki Region" that included studies for the Kansai Science City Vision.|
|1981||November: Kyoto Pref. released a "draft of basic concepts to construct a culture, science and research city."|
|1982||June: National Land Agency announced the "Basic Concepts of the Kansai Science City (pilot plan)."|
|1983||March: The "Kansai Science City Construction Promotion Conference" was established by 3 prefectures, Kansai Economic Federation and others|
|1984||February: Nara Pref. announced their "Basic Plan for the Kansai Science City."|
|March: Kyoto Pref. announced a "draft of basic construction plans (for the area in Kyoto Pref.) for the Kansai Science City."|
|1985||March: Osaka Pref. announced their "Basic Plan for the Kansai Science City."|
|1986||April: The Kyotanabe Campus of Doshisha University and Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts opened. Doshisha-mae Station on the JR Katamachi Line opened.|
|June: The "Foundation (now Public Foundation) of Kansai Research Institute" was established by the Housing And Urban Development Corporation (now Urban Renaissance Agency), 3 prefectures and financial circles of the Kansai region.|
|September: The "Diet Member Confederation for Promoting the Construction of the Kansai Science City" was inaugurated.|
|1987||June: The Kansai Science City Construction Act was promulgated and enforced.|
|September: Kansai Science City districts were designated. The "Basic Policy on the Construction of Kansai Science City" was determined based on the Construction Promotion Law for the Kansai Science City|
|1988||June: "Hiten" was selected as the logo for the Science City.|
|1989||April: Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR) opened.|
|August: The "Keihanna Corporation" was founded as the administrative body for establishing and managing cultural and scientific research exchange facilities.|
|1990||July: The Ion Engineering Center (now Ion Technology Center) opened./The Kiyotaki No.1 Tunnel on Route163 opened to traffic.|
|1991||April: Midori no Bunkaen (natural park) opened.|
|December: Keina Road (between Tanabe-Nishi and Seika-Shimokoma) opened to traffic.|
|1993||March: Keina Road (between Seika-Shimokoma and Yamadagawa) opened to traffic.|
|April: Cultural and scientific exchange facilities for "Keihanna Plaza" were completed and opened.
The first entrance ceremony was held at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology.
|October: The International Institute for Advanced Studies (IIAS) opened (established in August 1984)./The Takayama Science Plaza opened.|
|November: The Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE) opened.|
|1994||September: "Keihanna Science City Festival '94" was held (Opening of the science city).
Kizugawadai Station on the Kintetsu Kyoto Line opened.
|1995||April: Kyoto Prefectural Keihanna Commemorative Park opened.|
|1997||April: The Kyoto Prefectural Agricultural Resources Research Center (now Biotechnology Research Department, Kyoto Prefectural Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Technology Center) and the University Farm, Faculty of Agriculture, Kyoto Prefectural University opened.
Daini Hanna Road opened to traffic.
|1998||February: Restoration work on the Suzaku Gate of Heijo Palace site was completed.|
|May: The Second Stage Plan Promotion Conference announced "Aiming for realization of Second Stage Plan.|
|1999||September: The Advanced Photon Research Center, Kansai Research Establishment, Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (now National Instututes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology) commenced research.|
|2000||April: Keina Road (between Yamadagawa and Kizu) opened to traffic.|
|July: The Keihanna Human Info-Communication Research Center, Communications Research Laboratory opened.
The Institute of Free Electron Laser, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University open
|2001||July: The Kids' Science Museum of Photons opened|
|2002||April: The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) selected the "Science City Research Project" for the "Intellectual Cluster Creation Project."|
|October: The Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library opened.|
|2003||March: Daini Keihan Road (between Oguraike and Hirakata-Higashi) opened to traffic.|
|April: The Science City was authorized as a "Special Intellectual District,"where visa requirements for foreign researchers were eased.|
|June: The "Keihanna Info-Communication Open Laboratory" of Keihanna Human Info-Communication Research Center, Communications Research Laboratory opened.|
|2005||April: The Keihanna New Industry Creation and Interactive Community Center opened.|
|November: Exchange promotion agreement was signed with Beijing Science Park.|
|2006||March: The "Third Stage Plan of the Kansai Science City" was formulated./The Kintetsu "Keihanna Line" started operation.|
|November: Doshisha University Gakkentoshi Campus opened.|
|December: D-egg (Organization for SMEs and Regional Innovation) opened on the Kyotanabe Campus of Doshisha University.|
|2007||March: Kizu-cho, Kamo-cho and Yamashiro-cho were consolidated into Kizugawa City.|
|April: The number of companies/organizations with facilities in the Science City exceeded 100.|
|October: The "Children Who Live in Science City" project was launched.|
|2008||May: The "Development of Ubiquitous Bio-instrumentation Healthcare Devices and Systems" was adopted by MEXT as a "City Area Program in Industry-Academia-Government Joint Research."|
|2009||July: The Kansai Research Institute was merged with the Keihanna New Industry Creation and Interactive Community Center.|
|2010||January: Celebrations for the 1300th anniversary of Nara Heijo-kyo Capital started.|
|March: Daini Keihan Road (between Hirakata-Higashi and Kadoma) opened to traffic./ The "Keihanna Wide-Area Regional Basic Plan" was crafted to develop wide-area industrial clusters by creating new industr|
|April: The Science City was selected as one of METIʼs "Next-Generation Energy and Social System Demonstration Areas.|
|2011||April: Doshisha International Academy opened.|
|August: The Keihanna Science City Healthcare Development District was selected amongst regions promoting regional innovation strategies as one of the "Regions Focused on Strengthening International Com|
|December: The Science City was designated a part of the Kansai Innovation International Comprehensive Strategic Special Zone.|
|2013||April: Osaka Prefectural Kita-Osaka Advanced Vocational Training Center opened.|
|2014||March: The Kiyotaki No.2 Tunnel on Route163 opened to traffic.|
|April: The former "Job World (Watashi no Shigoto Kan)" was transferred to Kyoto Prefecture from the national government.|
|2015||May: The Keihanna Open Innovation Center (KICK) opened.|
|2016||March: "The Plan for Creating New City"was formulated.|
|April: "Experimental Farm, Graduate School of Agriculture. Kyoto University"opened.|
|September: The Science City's research project was officially adopted by the Japan Science and Technology Agency's Global Research-Complex Program.|