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Creating the Future: A "New Manufacturing" City
"Why have so many world-renowned companies emerged from Hamamatsu?"

Hamamatsu has developed as a region at the forefront of innovation, establishing industries to lead the next generation. Key industries have transitioned away from textiles and towards those of musical instruments, transportation equipment and photoelectrics. Many global enterprises, with this advanced innovation at their core, were born here in Hamamatsu before spreading out across the world.
How is it that this was possible in Hamamatsu, a small regional city? As we uncover this secret, it becomes clear that Hamamatsu’s environment is ideally suited for industrial growth.

Growth Condition 1: Location
Conveniently located essentially midway between Tokyo and Osaka, Hamamatsu has instant access to transportation systems that span the whole country. Ever since the Meiji period, Hamamatsu has been in an ideal location to capture the attention of both the domestic and foreign markets.
Growth Condition 2: Technological Center
Hamamatsu's manufacturing industry has a history of giving rise to cutting-edge industries ever since the Edo period. The technology and skills that developed alongside these industries have turned Hamamatsu into a technological center and provide a solid foundation for the future.
Growth Condition 3: Supportive Environment
Yaramaika (meaning "Let's give it a try" in the local dialect) represents the pioneering spirit of Hamamatsu. This key phrase is the basis of a broad cooperative system which not only includes entrepreneurs, but also investors and research facilities. This solidarity, for the sake of creating the future, is the true strength behind the city.

Hamamatsu is located midway between Tokyo and Osaka and is blessed with a rich natural environment and a warm climate throughout the year.

If you were to sum up the character of Hamamatsu in a single phrase, it would be, "A city overflowing with challenger spirit." This disposition, to "just give it a try first," and "cooperate to the fullest once we've decided to do it," evokes both bold and dynamic competition and harmonious coexistence. This attitude is passed down continuously from each generation to the next.

Given this cultural climate, the city has produced many extraordinary entrepreneurs and a number of world-class enterprises. It would not be a stretch to say that Hamamatsu is the birthplace of innovation in Japan.

Hamamatsu, a city that is neither the seat of a prefectural government nor part of a major metropolitan area, developed from a core city supported by industrial development into a government ordinance designated city.

The city celebrated the one hundredth anniversary of its establishment in 2011, and aims to achieve even more over the next one hundred years as a leader of open innovation.



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Hamamatsu City Hall
103-2 Motoshiro-cho, Naka-ku, Hamamatsu, 430-8652 JAPAN
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