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KCGI concludes a comprehensive agreement with Kyoto Prefecture to disseminate Kyoto brand through government-academia collaboration

The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics (KCGI) and Kyoto Prefectural Government on May 26, 2015, Kyoto using the top-level domain “.kyoto”, which is the activation of Keihanna Science City and the geographical name KCGI serves as a registry We concluded a comprehensive agreement on cooperation and cooperation, including brand transmission enhancement, human resource development and community development.KCGI will soon open the Cyber Kyoto Research Institute at the Keihanna Open Innovation Center (KICK, formerly known as My Shigoto Kan, Seika Town and Kizugawa City), an academic research facility operated by the prefectural government, with the theme of building an 'open university Kyoto' to promote the operation and research of .kyoto and cooperative education with universities around the world using e-learning.In September last year, the Cyber Kyoto Institute received the first approval from the prefectural government as a research utilization plan for the center.In the conclusion, Keiji Yamada Governor of Kyoto Prefecture said, “By collaborating and collaborating with The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics, which has a proven track record and has developed many human resources, we will be able to find more possibilities in Kyoto.We would like to collaborate in various ways to realize smart cities in the future," he said, expressing his expectations.

On this day, a signing ceremony was held at the Kyoto Prefectural Government Office, where KCGI President Wataru Hasegawa (KCGI Group Chairman) and Governor Yamada signed and shook hands on an agreement that states, "As an educational institution specializing in technology and education in the field of ICT, the Kyoto Graduate Institute of Information will actively engage in various projects in cooperation with Kyoto Prefecture in education, research and development related to information.Mr. Toshihide Ibaraki, President of KCGI, Mr. Masatsugu Kidoe, Director of Cyber Kyoto Institute, and Mr. Shozo Naito, Deputy Director of Cyber Kyoto Institute attended the ceremony.President Hasegawa said, "With the guidance and support of the prefectural government, .kyoto is finally about to be put to use.The use of this domain is limited to organizations and individuals associated with Kyoto, so that "Made in Kyoto" will be proven at a glance by the URL, which will surely lead to the transmission of the Kyoto brand.In addition to the establishment of the Cyber Kyoto Research Institute in Keihanna Science City and the development of its business, we will strive to contribute to the development of Kyoto in various ways in cooperation and collaboration with Kyoto Prefecture," he said.

The items of cooperation and collaboration under the Comprehensive Agreement are as follows.

1 Revitalization of Keihanna Science City

Establishment of the Cyber Kyoto Research Institute at the Keihanna Open Innovation Center to contribute to the realization of next-generation smart cities using ICT

2 Strengthening the transmission of the Kyoto brand


  • The new top-level domain ".kyoto," which will be operational from 2015, will be managed by the Cyber Kyoto Institute, which will promote research themes such as the launch of new businesses using ".kyoto," business expansion, and strengthening of information dissemination, and actively disseminate the Kyoto brand both at home and abroad.
  • To promote the use of the geographic name top-level domain ".kyoto", and to provide ICT-related information and social education to users of ".kyoto".

cultural transmission

  • Participation in the creation of a video site that unifies and introduces various information about Kyoto, such as universities, sightseeing, culture, Japanese food, and regional information.
  • Participation in the Consortium for Japanese Food Culture Education (tentative name) to work together on the protection, succession, development and transmission of Japanese food culture
  • Promote Kyoto internationally by disseminating information on manga, animation, and game-related content, as represented by Cool Japan.

3 Promotion of Internationalization

Expansion of Study in Kyoto

  • We have posted on the Internet a number of educational materials from Asia and other parts of the world that are interested in Japanese culture, science and technology.
  • Building a cyber university environment in cooperation with overseas universities, mainly research institutions, and planning and producing attractive contents to connect to real study abroad.
  • Planning of support systems for students wishing to study in Kyoto, such as Japanese language courses before studying in Kyoto and Japanese language improvement courses after studying in Kyoto for students and local universities.

4 Human resource development, community development

Research, development and provision of educational content, etc.

  • Cooperation in the establishment of a course on the sixth industrialization of fisheries using ICT at the Sea People's School
  • Cooperation of students in game events and other activities for the promotion of the content industry at KYOTO CMEX
  • Planning and implementation of information provision and technical support seminars for job seekers seeking employment in the web and contents business fields, and research and development of educational content using e-learning, etc.
  • Foster interest in the ICT field by opening the university's computer museum, the largest of its kind in Japan, to the public.
  • Conducting seminars and workshops to improve ICT-related skills for people of all ages, from children to the elderly.


President Wataru Hasegawa (left) and Governor Keiji Yamada of Kyoto Prefecture shake hands after signing a comprehensive agreement on cooperation between KCGI and Kyoto Prefecture on May 26, 2015.
President Wataru Hasegawa (left) and Governor Keiji Yamada of Kyoto Prefecture shake hands after signing a comprehensive agreement on cooperation between KCGI and Kyoto Prefecture on May 26, 2015.