Publication: Innovative Tokyo
Child Hill, Richard
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.
“Fujita, Kumiko; Child Hill, Richard. 2005. Innovative Tokyo. Policy Research Working Paper; No. 3507. © World Bank, Washington, DC. http://openknowledge.worldbank.org/entities/publication/83dd51d1-4010-5eb2-a50a-3361b7c5a6fc License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”
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