Since the early 2000s, the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology (MEXT) and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) have been promoting the “Knowledge Cluster Initiative” and the “Industrial Cluster Project” as a means to reinforce international competitiveness and regional development. Regional cluster plans have been put in place in order to encourage regional innovation and job creation.
The Japanese definition of cluster is quite blurred when compared to the EU one and especially clear examples such as the French “poles de compétitivités” where an independent organisation is supporting and managing cooperation between local companies, universities and R&D centres in their internationalisation activities.
How can you overcome cultural differences and build trusting partnerships? – Experiences from MIRAI Japanese-Swedish university collaboration The MIRAI collaboration started as a university
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