Various measures have been implemented towards the recovery and reconstruction
of the disaster affected area of the Great East Japan Earthquake in Iwate
prefecture. They included an application to the national public-posted
program by the MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and
Technology), “The Regional Innovation Strategy Support Program (recovery
assistance to The Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster-stricken area)”
aiming at creation of regional innovation on a long-term perspective and
as the result of collaboration of all relevant local ministries, our project
was successfully selected as one of it.
We set a goal to create the Iwate Center of Development for the Human- and Eco-friendly Novel Vehicles as the globally competitive base of innovation making use of science technology and infrastructure of auto industry ever accumulated in Iwate, aiming at consistent recovery from the disaster and development of the region.
With the support of the MEXT program, all-out effort by local authorities, industry, financial organ and academia in Iwate will be engaged towards to make Iwate and Tohoku area the major central base of development and production for automobile industry to promote recovery of the disaster-stricken areas and strengthen local companies for the sustainable growth of the region.
(Kazumi KUGO, Project Director)