ESRI Discussion Paper Series No.262
Social Capital for Regional Science and Technology Innovation
- Regional Cluster Program Reviewed from "trust"-

Hirotaka Kawashima
Research Associate, Waseda University
Kei Kawashima
Senior Researcher, Institute for Future Technology

The full text is written in Japanese.

Abstract

Recently in Japan, regional promotion policies that focus the science and technology innovation are nationally implemented. One of the aims of this paper is to revaluate these Science and Technology Innovation Policy, especially Regional Cluster Program from a perspective of Social Capital. And the other aim is to define the close connection between Science and Technology Innovation and Social Capital by factual analyses. Qualitative analysis of difference by Regional Cluster Program and qualitative analysis of experts-interview suggest that Social Capital act as a factor of innovation and the program raise regional Social Capital among industry, academia and government. These results support the significance of the policy but in parallel, the qualitative analysis of experts-interview indicates the problem in the current implementation system.

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