RIETI Special Seminar

Evolution of Industry Clusters: Silicon Valley and Detroit

  • Program


RIETI Special Seminar, which was scheduled on Friday March 25th, has been cancelled because the Second Asia-Pacific Innovation Conference on March 28-29 (hosted by Hitotsubashi University, in collaboration with RIETI and WIPO) has been cancelled and overseas professors will not travel to Japan due to the current situation.
We apologize to those of you who were already planning to come.

Bolstering the mechanism that spurs both the birth and growth of new industries is a key issue for development of the Japanese economy. Innovation systems in the United States and Japan differ in terms of the capacity to innovate industries and in the performance when launching new businesses. Innovation within industries is not only generated by technological ventures; diversification and spin-offs by existing companies also play an important role. For this seminar, we have invited Professor Steven KLEPPER of Carnegie Mellon University. Professor Klepper has engaged in pioneering research on the growth of companies and industries for many years. In this seminar, he aims to enrich our understanding of the mechanism facilitating the birth and growth of new industries and will discuss the implications of the mechanism in terms of future policies, based on studies and the experience gained in the United States. Professor Klepper received the 2011 Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research for his significant contributions to our understanding of the role of new firm entry in innovation and economic growth. We look forward to a fruitful presentation and worthwhile Q&A session.


  • Time and Date: 12:15-13:50, Friday, March 25, 2011
  • Venue: RIETI's seminar room (METI Annex 11th floor, 1121) (1-3-1, Kasumigaseki Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
  • Language: Japanese / English (with simultaneous interpretation)
  • Admission: Free
  • Host: Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)
  • Contact: RIETI, Ms. MATSUKURA Taeko (e-mail: conf-110325@rieti.go.jp )
    Tel: 03-3501-8398 Fax: 03-3501-8416

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Regarding the upcoming RIETI Special Seminar to be held on Friday, March 25th, regretfully, we are no longer accepting registrations as the maximum number of registrants has been reached for this seminar.
If you would like to add your name to our waiting list, please e-mail your name and affiliation to the following address.
If you would like to cancel your registration, please let us know. Thank you for your cooperation.

Contact: RIETI, Ms. MATSUKURA Taeko (e-mail: conf-110325@rieti.go.jp)


Moderator: NAGAOKA Sadao (Research Counselor, RIETI / Professor, Institute of Innovation Research, Hitotsubashi University)

12:15 - 12:20 Opening Remarks

OIKAWA Kozo (Chairman, RIETI)

12:20 - 13:20 Presentation: "Evolution of Industry Clusters: Silicon Valley and Detroit"

Steven KLEPPER (Professor of Economics and Social Science, Carnegie Mellon University)

13:20 - 13:35 Comment

KAKIHARA Hiromitsu (Director, New Business Policy Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI)

13:35 - 13:50 Discussion

*Agenda is subject to change