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KCGI signs a comprehensive agreement with Kyoto Prefecture to promote the Kyoto brand through collaboration between government and academia.

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 Institute" at the Keihanna Open Innovation Center (KICK, formerly known as My Work Center, Seika Town and Kizugawa City), an academic research facility operated by the prefectural government, with the theme of ".kyoto" management and research and the construction of "Open University Kyoto" to promote collaborative education with universities worldwide using e-learning.Last September, the Cyber Kyoto Research Institute received the first certification from the prefectural government as the center's research utilization plan.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 aspects toward the realization of a smart city in the future," he said in anticipation.

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 The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics will actively engage in various projects in cooperation with Kyoto Prefecture in education, research and development related to information.KCGI President Toshihide Ibaraki, Cyber Kyoto Institute Director Masatsugu Kidode, and Cyber Kyoto Institute Deputy Director Shozo Naito also attended the ceremony.President Hasegawa said, "With the guidance and support of the prefectural government, we are finally beginning to put .kyoto to use.The use of this domain name will be 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 dissemination of the Kyoto brand.In addition to establishing the Cyber Kyoto Research Institute in Keihanna Science City and developing its business, we will strive to contribute to the development of Kyoto in cooperation and collaboration with Kyoto Prefecture in various aspects," he said in his address.

The following items of cooperation and collaboration are included in the Comprehensive Agreement.

1 Revitalization of Keihanna Science City

Cyber Kyoto Research Institute established in the Keihanna Open Innovation Center to contribute to the realization of next-generation smart cities utilizing ICT.

2 Strengthening the transmission of the Kyoto brand


  • The new top-level domain ".kyoto" will be put into operation in 2015, and the Cyber Kyoto Institute will serve as a base for the management of the new top-level domain ".kyoto" and promote the launch of new businesses utilizing ".kyoto", business expansion, and enhancement of information transmission as research themes, actively promoting the Kyoto brand both in Japan and overseas.
  • Promote the spread of the top-level geographic name domain ".kyoto" and provide ICT-related information and other social education to users of ".kyoto".

Culture Dissemination

  • Participation in the creation of a video website that consolidates and introduces various information on Kyoto, including universities, tourism, culture, Japanese food, and local information.
  • Participation in the Consortium for Japanese Food Culture Education (tentative name) to collaborate in the protection, inheritance, development, and dissemination of Japanese food culture.
  • Promote Kyoto internationally by disseminating information on manga/anime and game-related content, as represented by Cool Japan.

3 Promotion of Internationalization

Expansion of Kyoto Study Abroad

  • The Internet is a platform for educational activities in Asia and other parts of the world that are interested in Japanese culture, science, technology, etc.
  • Planning and production of attractive contents to create a cyber university environment in cooperation with overseas universities, mainly research institutions, and to link them to real study abroad programs.
  • Planning of a support system for students who wish to study in Kyoto and local universities, etc., by providing Japanese language courses before studying in Japan and Japanese level-up courses after studying in Japan.

4 Human resource development, community development

Research, development and provision of educational content, etc.

  • Cooperation in opening a course on the sixth industrialization of the fishing industry using ICT at Umi-no-Min Gakusha
  • Cooperation of students in KYOTO CMEX initiatives to promote the contents industry, such as game events
  • 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 contents utilizing 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 workshops and seminars to improve ICT-related skills for a wide range of age groups, from children to the elderly.


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