|Ideal City for the New Era
Keihanna Science City will be developed into a 154-square kilometer (59.5-square mile) site that includes parts of the three prefectures of Kyoto, Osaka, and Nara, a new model city will be constructed that contains facilities for advanced academic research, information centers, international exchange, and development of cutting-edge technology. The area is called "Keihanna" district by combining the Japanese rendering of the names of the three prefectures. Actual development work has been underway since 1986. While in Tsukuba Science City most of the facilities are national organizations for research in the fields of natural science, in Keihanna Science City the private sector will contribute in many ways and research fields will include not only natural sciences, but also social sciences and humanities.
The facilities in Keihanna Science City are distributed in twelve research districts, which are connected by computer networks in order to facilitate collaboration among institutes in the City. Examples of research facilities for advanced science and technology are the national Nara Institute of Science and Technology founded in 1991, the Advanced Telecommunication Research Institute International (ATR) founded in 1989, and the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE) founded in 1990.
Photos: (top) Keihanna Plaza, the center for exchange among organizations and people in the Keihanna Science City; (middle from left) Nara Institute of Science and Technology; Advanced Telecommunication Research Institute International (ATR); Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE). (Keihanna Science City)
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