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Innovative Tokyo, Volume 1
Author:Fujita, Kumiko; Child Hill, Richard; Country:Japan;
Date Stored:2005/03/06Document Date:2005/02/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Environmental Economics & Policies; Innovation; Health Monitoring & Evaluation; Labor Policies; Public Health Promotion; ICT Policy and Strategies; Agricultural Knowledge and Information Systems
Language:EnglishRegion:East Asia and Pacific
Report Number:WPS3507Collection Title:Policy Research working paper series ; no WPS 3507
Volume No:1  

Summary: This paper compares and contrasts Tokyo's innovation structure with the industrial districts model and the international hub model in the literature on urban and regional development. The Tokyo model embraces and yet transcends both industrial districts and international hub models. The paper details key elements making up the Tokyo model-organizational knowledge creation, integral and co-location systems of corporate R&D and new product development, test markets, industrial districts and clusters, participative consumer culture, continuous learning from abroad, local government policies, the national system of innovation, and the historical genesis of Tokyo in Japan's political economy. The paper finds that the Tokyo model of innovation will continue to evolve with the changing external environment, but fundamentally retains its main characteristics. The lessons from the Tokyo model is that openness, a diversified industrial base, the continuing development of new industries, and an emphasis on innovation, all contribute to the dynamism of a major metropolitan region.

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