Initiative for National Strategic Special Zone


Three Special zones

With respect to the industrial policy aspect of HCNF, we are supporting R&D as well as marketing of the companies in the region to create and develop new ME-BYO related markets and industries. We especially focus on making use of three “special zones,” which are established and designated by the national government to attract people and investment from both home and abroad through deregulation and tax incentives. At the special zones, regulations that have long been obstacles to change will be overhauled.

Over the last few years, Kanagawa has been steering two special zones in the Prefecture to accelerate the promotion of HCNF: one is for the Life Science Industry (in the greater Yokohama /Kawasaki area) and the other is for the Robotics Industry (in the Sagami area, the middle part of the prefecture). Here again, we combine two approaches in pursuing HCNF; utilizing most-advanced medical treatments and technologies, and curing ME-BYO.

In late March 2014, Kanagawa Prefecture was also designated as the third special zone―the National Strategic Special Zone― the centerpiece of the Prime Minister’s economic growth strategy. We will take the lead to create new business and innovation in the area.

Three Special Zones

Industry for Healthcare Robotics

Healthcare robotics will become an essential tool in addressing the issues related to population aging. This technology is not limited to only robotics to be used in healthcare, but is extended to support elder persons and persons with disabilities who need additional support or long-term care. It also includes supportive robotic technology for those healthcare workers to use in the workplace. In the field of robotics, Japan is quite advanced and Healthcare New Frontier policies are utilizing this strength to build a new system of support.

Industry for Healthcare Robotics

Biomedical Cluster in Kanagawa

One of the core projects that the Prefecture is developing will take place in a special zone called “Tonomachi area.” In the accompanying bird’s eye view map, Tonomachi area in Kanagawa is shown on the top while the bottom part shows Haneda (Tokyo) International Airport, with the Tama River separating Kanagawa Prefecture and Tokyo Metropolitan area. The area along the river is Kanagawa’s cutting-edge life science cluster, called “King Sky Front,” and various companies and institutes are moving into this area.

Futhermore, between Tokyo and Tonomachi area will be connected by bridge in 2020, and will enable quick access (only about ten minutes walk) to Tokyo (Haneda) International Airport.

Biomedical Cluster in Kanagawa

Kanagawa Center for Clinical Research and Strategy

The figure illustrates the basic arrangement for Kanagawa Prefecture to conduct clinical research. The prefecture has 15 linked hospitals with 7,900 beds, functioning as one large-scale medical facility.

Furthermore, in order to promote clinical research and clinical trials, Kanagawa has established the Kanagawa Center for Clinical Research and Strategy in Nov. 2015. The purpose of this center is to support pharmaceutical companies to get valid data expeditiously for early pharmaceutical approval.

Kanagawa Center for Clinical Research and Stratgy

National Strategic Special Zones

The National Strategic Special Zones (NSSZ) are special zones established by the national government to strengthen international competitiveness of industries and to develop the cores of excellence for international economic activity. To achieve these objectives, regulatory reform and other measures are concentrated in the zones.

Reference: Cabinet Office, Local Creation Promotion Office HP

System Overview

The enabling law for NSSZ is the National Strategic Special Zones Law (NSSZ Law). The NSSZ Law specifies such matters as: laws and ordinances for which exceptions are expected for the special zones, installation of an NSSZ council within each zone, and establishment of the NSSZ Advisory Council, within the Cabinet Office, chaired by the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister, in consultation with the NSSZ Advisory Council, will approve the establishment of a “zonal policy” which spells out for each zone such matters as basic policy, designated areas, and goals, and policy objectives. Likewise, the Prime Minister will approve the plan developed by each zonal council which details specific projects that take advantage of such matters as the application of exceptions to regulations.

Initiatives by Kanagawa Prefecture

On September 11, 2014, Kanagawa, in response to the 2014 invitation “NSSZ First Invitation for Proposals” by the national government (Regional Revitalization Bureau, Cabinet Secretariat), submitted a joint proposal with the cities of Yokohama and Kawasaki entitled “Economic Growth Plan through the Creation of Health/ME-BYO Industry and Advanced Biomedical Industry--Toward the Realization of Healthcare New Frontier. “ The goal is to improve the business environment for health and medical markets by taking advantage of such matters as various regulatory reforms applicable to NSSZ, and thereby create the Health/ME-BYO Industry as well as cutting-edge medical industry. Furthermore, this will help Kanagawa achieve “Number 1 in Japan" healthy life society while helping to revitalize the Japanese economy.

On May 1, 2015, with the promulgation of the ordinance establishing the National Strategic Special Zones, the Prime Minister determined the NSSZ's and the zonal policies, while the entire Kanagawa Prefecture was designated to be a part of the Tokyo Metropolitan Zone.

However, in the Tokyo Metropolitan Zone, there was a delay in holding a meeting of the NSSZ Council, consisting of the Cabinet Minister in charge of NSSZ and local public agencies concerned, to decide on the specific projects to be included in the zonal plans.

During the delay, Kanagawa continued preparations, including the holding on August 1, 2015, of the “Kanagawa Prefecture NSSZ Promotion Council.” Assembling in a single venue, the Directors (Managers) of all the city, town, and village planning departments of Kanagawa Prefecture, as well as private businesses of the areas with the possibility of locating specific projects, shared and exchanged ideas about these projects.

Subsequently, on October 1, 2015, the (first) meeting of “Tokyo Metropolitan Zone NSSZ Council” was held, initiating the development of the zonal plans.

Kanagawa intends to further accelerate, by utilizing NSSZ’s, the initiatives for the “Healthcare New Frontier” which has the goals of combining the two approaches of “Pursuing Cutting-Edge Medical Technology and Industry” and “Curing ME-BYO,” and thereby realizing personalized medicine, creating "Number 1 in Japan" healthy life society, and the creation of new medical markets and industries. To achieve these goals, Kanagawa will work together with relevant cities, towns, and villages as well as businesses and participate in future zonal council meetings.

Diagram for: Tokyo Metropolitan Zone National Strategic Special Zone

Tokyo Metropolitan Zone National Strategic Special Zone

2013/ 6/14Cabinet approval of “Japan Revival Strategy-JAPAN is BACK,” decision made on establishment of National Strategic Special Zones (NSSZ)
2013/8/12National Government (Regional Revitalization Bureau, Cabinet Secretariat) began to solicit NSSZ proposals
2013/9/11Kanagawa submitted a joint proposal with the cities of Yokohama and Kawasaki entitled “Economic Growth Plan through the Creation of Health/ME-BYO Industry and Advanced Biomedical Industry--Toward the Realization of Healthcare New Frontier" to the National Government
2013/9/17Hearing held on the above proposal of the three entities by NSSZ Working Group
2013/12/13Promulgation of National Strategic Special Zones Act, and establishment of NSSZ Advisory Council within the Cabinet Office
2014/2/25Cabinet decision on “NSSZ Basic Policies” (Partially amended, 2014/10/17)
2014/3/28Meeting (Fourth) of NSSZ Advisory Council decided that under “NSSZ Policies” Tokyo Metropolitan Zone consists of Tokyo (government administered area), Kanagawa Prefecture (all or partially), and Narita City, Chiba Prefecture
2014/4/25Cabinet decision on “Ordinance to Designate NSSZ's”
2014/5/1Promulgation of “Ordinance to Designate NSSZ's”; Prime Minister decided on “NSSZ and Zone Policies”; all of Kanagawa Prefecture designated as a single NSSZ
2014/8/1Kanagawa Prefecture held Kanagawa Prefecture NSSZ Promotion Conference; prior to the conference, prefectural citizens concerned exchanged information and ideas on projects (designated projects) to be included in zone plan
2014/10/1Conference (First) of Tokyo Metropolitan Zone, NSSZ was held; draft zone plans announced
2014/12/9Conference (Second) of Tokyo Metropolitan Zone, NSSZ was held; zone plan specifying such matters as exceptions to special or specified medical coverage and clinical regulations prepared, Kanagawa Prefecture Health and Medical Subcommittee established.
2014/12/19Prime Minister approved Tokyo Metropolitan Zone, NSSZ Plan
2015/1/28Meeting (First) of Kanagawa Prefecture, Health and Medical Subcommittee was held; discussed such matters as new institutional and regulatory reforms necessary for creating new medical and ME-BYO industries
2015/3/4Conference (Third) of Tokyo Metropolitan Zone, NSSZ was held
2015/6/15Conference (Fourth) of Tokyo Metropolitan Zone, NSSZ was held
2015/6/26NSSZ Symposium was held
2015/9/3Conference (Fifth) of Tokyo Metropolitan Zone, NSSZ was held
2015/10/14Conference (Sixth) of Tokyo Metropolitan Zone, NSSZ was held
2015/11/26Conference (Seventh) of Tokyo Metropolitan Zone, NSSZ was held
2015/12/11Conference (Eighth) of Tokyo Metropolitan Zone, NSSZ was held

Prefectural Government Contacts

Tel +81-45-210-3265

Fax +81-45-210-8865

Address 1Nihon-odori, Naka-ku, Yokohama-city, Kanagawa-ken, 231-8588, Japan

Office building map

You can submit your inquiry using our online inquiry form.


このページの所管所属は ヘルスケア・ニューフロンティア推進本部室 です。