Japan has long regarded Silicon Valley in California and Cambridge in Massachusetts as the two most significant innovation hotspots in the United States. Certainly, those two regions produced technologies both by Americans and Japanese that have found success around the world. While that characterization of innovation in America is true, it is also incomplete.
The U.S. Southwest – a vast swathe of land that is defined and unified more by an idea rather than by geography – is positioning itself as a serious rival to those two innovation centers on both coasts. Aside from being a laboratory where emerging technologies are developed, the Southwest is where they are also tested, applied and commercialized.
Following the success of the 2016 Report on the U.S. Southwest, GMI POST returns to the states of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Nevada to the cities, companies and people who shared long cultural and business ties with Japan, as well as offer fresh business opportunities investors in the two countries.
As the Japanese government reaffirms its commitment to Society 5.0 initiative – vision for a human-centered society that balances economic progress and social development through the closer integration of physical space and cyberspace – the U.S. Southwest hopes to become an investment destination and an innovation partner for Japanese innovators.