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Update: March 26, 2019

Our Place in the World

Amid this era of rapid globalization, we regard the world as an action stage, rallying our human and other resources to build communities where diverse people and cultures can exist in harmony.

1.Creating an international Academic City

The Tsukuba Express Line, which began operations in August 2005, connects central Tokyo and Tsukuba(lbaraki Prefecture)via Kashiwa and Nagareyama, where top-rank universities like the University of Tokyo and Chiba University are located.  Consequently, the area has seen a large rise in the emergence of high-tech R&D venture companies.

The universities are cooperating with local communities to make their cities hubs of intellectual, business, and residential activity that hold the themes of environment, healthy living, creativity, and exchange in high esteem.

2.Narita International Airport Regional Development

Accounting for about 40% of Japan's international Passenger traffic with approximate 30 million annual Passengers and about 60% of its international  Cargo shipments with approximate 2 million tons as annual volume, Narita International Airport and its surrounding area is an important cornerstone for the county’s international economic strategy.
In addition, as the eyes of the world look to Japan in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Narita International Airport will play an increasingly important role connecting Japan to 110 cities around the world.
Moreover, a new “Visitor Service Center” which provides various information and services to foreign guests, an automatic baggage drop-off machine has also been implemented to reduce wait times and provide greater convenience for visitors.
The area around the airport is also working to further improve its attractions as a city home to an international airport by disseminating information about its many cultural, historical, and natural tourist spots, as well as improving access to the airport and attracting international logistic companies.
*Information on passenger traffic/international cargo shipments is based on figures of 2016(Report on Airport Administration Situation, ACI Statistics)
*The number of cities offering flight service is current as of the 2017 winter flight schedule.

3.Makuhari New City ~An International Business City Located Only 30 Minutes from Both Tokyo and Narita International Airport

Makuhari New City centers around Makuhari Messe, one of Japan's leading convention facilities, and spreads out with offices, academic facilities, housing, parks, shopping, and entertainment facilities. It is a city of diverse potentials that sees many people from all over Japan and the world every day.
Seven events of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games will take place in Makuhari Messe.

4.Makuhari International School (MIS)

MIS is an ideal school for the children of foreign residents and Japanese returning from abroad.
All classes except Japanese are taught in English and, with small classes, spacious school buildings and grounds, excellent resources, and the latest in high-tech teaching equipment, it makes for an outstanding learning environment.
Furthermore, the children’s international experience is aimed at allowing them to flourish in an increasingly interconnected world.

5.Kazusa DNA Research Institute

At the Kazusa DNA Research Institute, practically applicable, high quality fundamental and development research is done in a wide range of fields ranging from health, medicine, food, and farming, with the goal of applying research results in society.

Creating an Environment Where Foreign Residents Can Live Comfortably

Chiba helps its over 140,000 foreign residents adapt to their new living environment, by providing them with multi-lingual information and support on issues like education, medical care and housing.

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