Kansai Science City
Kansai Science City (関西文化学術研究都市 Kansai Bunka-gakujutsu-kenkyū-toshi?) is an unincorporated city located in the Keihanna Hills (京阪奈丘陵 Keihanna kyūryō?), a border region between Kyoto, Osaka, and Nara Prefectures in Kansai region, Japan. It is about 25 km south from the city of Kyoto, 30 km east from the city of Osaka. The name is commonly shortened to Keihanna Science City (けいはんな学研都市 Keihanna Gakken-toshi?) or Gakken-toshi (学研都市?). The city was constructed to help the advancement of creative arts, sciences, and research, as well as to spur the creation of new industries and cultures.
- Kyōtanabe (京田辺市 Kyōtanabe-shi?)
- Kizugawa (木津川市 Kizugawa-shi?)
- Sōraku District (相楽郡 Sōraku-gun?)
- Seika (精華町 Seika-chō?)
Out of these, Seika in Kyoto Prefecture is completely inside the Kansai Science City.
The overall area of the Kansai Science City is 150 km², with an estimated population of 410,000. There are 12 "Culture and Scientific Research Districts" within the Kansai Science City, encompassing 36 km², with an estimated population of 210,000.
Main research institutes and universities
- Kansai Gaidai University
- Osaka Electro-Communication University
- Doshisha University
- Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts
- Osaka University, Institute of Free electron laser (iFEL)
- National Nara Institute of Science and Technology
- National Institute of Information and Communications Technology
- Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International
- Shimadzu Corp. (Keihanna Research Laboratory )
- Kyocera (Basic Research Laboratory: optical and electronic devices, solar cells,advanced thin-film technologies)
- Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Kansai Photon Science Institute  (Advanced Photon Research Center, Neutron Biology Research Center)
- Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. (Panasonic)
- OMRON (Keihanna Technology Innovation Center)
- Santen Pharmaceutical Co.
- Rohto Pharmaceutical Co.
- Kansai Electronic Industry Development Center (supported by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry)
- Ion Engineering Research Institute
- Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (supported by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry  )
- Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library
- Nara Research Institute for Cultural Properties
- Heijō Palace
- West Japan Railway Company (JR West), Gakkentoshi Line
- Kintetsu Kyoto Line
- Kintetsu Keihanna Line
- About 100 minutes by bus from Kansai International Airport.
- Second Keihan Highway
- Keinawa Expressway
This article was translated from a portion of the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia, retrieved on December 10, 2006.
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