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Proposal Competition 2002


Gifu Prefecture and its surrounding areas are located in the center of Japan, where large-scale national projects including the Chubu International Airport, Chubu Cross Expressway, and the Tokai Loop Expressway are being planned or underway. Also, the Linear Chuo Shinkansen Project is under consideration. Given such a backdrop, Gifu Prefecture is proceeding with the construction of the Tokai Techno Highland Gifu and the implementation of the Sweet Valley Project,(*) to establish itself as the origin of knowledge emergence and propagation and the crossroads of eastern and western Japan. These projects are aimed at establishing a center for research and development in harmony with regional characteristics, and promoting the introduction of state-of-the-art technology to the Prefecture's private sector. In particular, alongside the Tokai Loop Expressway, the concentration of research and development facilities forms an arc. The advanced science and technology institutes in this area called the Research Network City Arc Gifu and located in the southern part of Gifu Prefecture, are closely cooperating with each other to promote the area's role as a hub of international research and development network. The Tono Frontier Science Research City, the subject of this Proposal Competition, is positioned at the core of the Research Network City Arc Gifu Project. The Science Research City Project was approved by the national government in 1993 as a regional hub promotion project based on the Multi-Polar Patterns National Land Formation Promotion Law. The Project objectives are expected to be met in approximately ten years, and longer term visions for twenty or thirty years down the road are being discussed in relation to the completion of the Tono Frontier Science Research City Project.

The 544-hectare area in the Plasma Research Park under the administration of Toki City is the "Toki Plasma Research Park," mentioned in Objective (3) of this Proposal Competition. The area where construction started first is named District 1 (approx. 106 hectares), and the development work is under way. The Tokai Loop Expressway runs from north to south in the middle of the District, and the Competition asks the applicant to submit a proposal for the area west of the Expressway.

The Proposal Competition is positioned as an ignition key to put construction/development efforts on the fast track based upon the overall area development schedule. An interchange of the Tokai Loop Expressway is planned to be constructed in the same area, and it is expected that in 2005, the main national expressway network will be directly connected to the area covered by the Competition.

Through this Competition, the organizer hopes to gather ideas and knowledge from all over the world to outline the construction of a "21st century-style new city" that will open-heartedly serve the world as the origin of knowledge emergence and propagation. At the same time, it is important to provide a high-quality and comfortable housing environment to the residents. This area is highly expected to become the multi-functional core zone of the Tono Frontier Science Research City, which includes infrastructure to promote exchange among residents and workers, systems to support private enterprises, as well as facilities to accommodate the emergence and propagation of knowledge and nurturing of new technology, and those for relaxation, etc., as the crossroads of knowledge and technology (Crossover Center).

Part of the area covered by the Proposal Competition has been earmarked for commercial use for the next twenty years. For this area in particular, the organizer would like the applicant to propose land use idea after those twenty years have passed. This will be the core zone that will assume a pioneering role, and therefore, the proposal is expected to include urban functions and systems that will promote the construction of private-sector research institutions. Also, the proposed facilities/buildings need not be for permanent use. Ideas regarding temporary (or period-limited) use of the facilities are welcome.

The Project is categorized as a land readjustment project and the main lines including water supply and sewage pipes have already been aligned in accordance with the underground facilities. The plan is available as reference for the applicant.

The area covered by this Proposal Competition is part of the area that was nominated as a candidate for the new capital of Japan. The "Gifu/Aichi Area" selected in 1999 as a candidate for the nation's new capital includes the area covered by the Competition, and is a very attractive area that has the potential to carry out the necessary functions as the nation's capital.


The objectives of the Competition are to gather the following three proposals:
(1) Proposal for building a 21st century-style new city, gathering knowledge and ideas from Japan and the rest of the world;
(2) Proposal for propagation of knowledge and communication from the Tono Frontier Science Research City (*a), so that the City built in this national-scale project may become a research and academic center that the world recognizes; and
(3) Proposal for giving a big push for commercial development of the Toki Plasma Research Park, which will be the core of the Tono Frontier Science Research City.

(*a) Philosophy of Building the Tono Frontier Science Research City
- To form the Tokai Regional Science Research Triangle together with Nagoya Eastern Hills Science Research City and Suzuka Foothills Science Research City
- To play a role of the Tokai Regional Science Research Triangle and the core of the Research Network City Arc Gifu
- To be a leading capital of the science of extreme environment to promote the research exchange
- Residential space that co-exist with the nature and interchange between the regional culture and science

3.Content of Proposal

Systems and functions of a "21st century-style new city" must be the core of the proposal.
The central idea of the proposal is required to address the following 2 points.

1) Proposal of functions to raise the added value of the disciplines and results of the research and development in the Tono Frontier Science Research City, and systems that will connect the fruits of research and development with the creation of new industries on the local and national levels.
2) Proposal of measures to promote the construction of private businesses, research institutes, commercial complexes, etc. in the Toki Plasma Research Park, including the proposal of the land use of the area temporarily earmarked for commercial use, after the twenty-year commercial-use period has passed

It is also desirable that the proposal includes the concepts and functions of the "21st century-style new city" (e.g. lifestyle and culture, research and development, new industries, service (inter-regional commerce), high-level use of information, symbiosis with the environment, administration, Intelligent Transport System (ITS), energy, education, etc.). Proposals of the environmental systems including the facilities to raise the quality of life in the city are also wanted.
It is desirable that Gifu Prefecture's unique climate, natural environment, history, culture, etc. are well thought of in the proposal.

Applicants are expected to study the land use plan and infrastructure plan including the water supply and sewage plan as reference to develop their proposal.



Groups and individuals are welcome to apply for the Competition.
(If a group or an individual belong to a private enterprise, they may apply as a group or an individual, not as an enterprise.)
If a group consists of members from multiple organizations (enterprises, universities, etc.), one member must be designated as the representative.
The affiliations of individuals/groups shall be those at the time of entry.
Persons involved with the Judging Committee or the Secretariat may not apply. The involved persons are those who are executive officers or employees of the enterprises, organizations, etc. involved with the Judging Committee and/or Secretariat.


- Monday, September 30, 2002
Registration closes (Envelope bearing the postmark of this date will be accepted.)
- Monday, November 11, 2002
Proposal submission deadline (Proposal packages must arrive on or before this date Japanese Standard Time [GMT +9])
- Thursday, November 28, 2002
Final Judging
- Around the beginning of December 2002
Press release and publication on our website of the judging results
Proposal presentation by the Most Valuable Proposal Award winner
The Secretariat is scheduled to upload the reference information on the website on September 10, 2002, while the entry registration is still open. The applicants are recommended to access the site on or after September 10 and see the relevant information.


The language of a proposal must be either English or Japanese.
Using both languages in one proposal is not allowed.


1.Registration Requirements

Any person planning to apply for the Competition must first register his/her name and nationality. (If the applicant is a group, only the representative needs to register himself/herself.) There is no registration fee, but the postage incurred by the registration is borne by the applicant.
The registration procedure is complete when the Secretariat receives the Registration Sheet.

The Registration Sheet may be printed on any generic A4-size paper (210 mm x 297 mm).
Hand-written Registration Sheet will not be accepted.
The deadline is the registration closure date. (Envelope bearing the postmark of that date will be accepted.)
The Secretariat does not particularly notify the applicant of the fact that their registration has been received.
The registration will be accepted by post only. Registration by email, fax, telephone, etc. is not allowed.


PO box 12, Proposal Competition Secretariat, Tono Frontier Science Research City
Toki Post Office, Toki-shi, Gifu Prefecture 509-5122, Japan


1.Limitation on the Number of Proposal

The number of proposal is limited to one per individual or group. If an individual makes an entry as an individual or as the representative of a group, the same individual is not allowed to make a second entry as the representative or a member of another group. However, if an individual is a member but not the representative of a group, the same individual may be a member of another group, though he/she may not be the representative of another group.

In other words, being a member of multiple groups is the only way an individual is allowed to make multiple entries.

2.Submission of Proposal

The Proposal Package must be compiled and sent by post by the specified deadline.
Please note that digital data media are not accepted.

3.Proposal Package

1) Components of Proposal Package
A proposal package consists of the "Proposal Panel," "Proposal Description," and "Application Sheet." If any of the three is missing, the proposal package has not met the requirements and will be disqualified. (The applicant will not particularly be notified of the disqualification.)

2) Proposal Panel
Proposal Panel must show the overall picture of the proposal on an A1-size panel (841 mm x 594 mm) and must cover all the elements of the proposal. The applicant must frame the panel to protect it (especially its four corners) from any damage in the mail. The applicant may protect the surface of the panel with a film etc., but the surface protection is not a requirement. An identification label must be attached at the bottom right on the reverse side of the Panel.

a) Panel Layout Requirements
The A1-size Panel must be in portrait orientation.
Equally divide the panel area into upper and lower halves and create two A2-size areas, one above the other.
Create a 10-mm margin on all the four sides of the presentation.

3) Proposal Description
To explain the framework of the proposal, the applicant is required to submit a Proposal Description.
Proposal Description must be on A4-size (210 mm x 297 mm) paper, in portrait orientation, and within three pages.
The number of letters in case of Japanese should be 40 letters x 30 lines (1200 letters per page). When inserting drawings or tables, total number of the pages must be three or less including the drawings and tables.
The text has to be in one-column layout. Two-column or any other multi-column layout is not acceptable.
Handwriting, in Japanese or in English, is not acceptable. Page number must be indicated at the bottom right of the page as 1/3, 2/3 and 3/3.
An identification label must be attached to the bottom right on the reverse side of each page.

4) Application Sheet
The Application Sheet for an individual and for a group are different.

a) Group
Download the "Representative Application Sheet" and fill it out. Please note that the entry will be disqualified, if any field is not filled in properly.
The "Co-application Sheet" must be downloaded to list all the members other than the representative.
After filling in all the fields of both Sheets, print them out, and glue their top left corners together, making the "Representative Application Sheet" the front page.
b) Individual
Download the "Individual Application Sheet" and fill it out. Please note that the entry will be disqualified, if any field is not filled in properly.
After filling out the Sheet, print out a copy and submit it.

4.Mail the Proposal to:

Proposal Competition Secretariat, Tono Frontier Science Research City
Tono Office project section,
Urban Development Corporation, Chubu Branch Office

360-3, Aza-Doai, Kujiri, Izumi-cho, Toki-shi, Gifu Prefecture 509-5142, Japan

5.Proposal Submission Deadline

Overseas applicants are advised to send their packages out well in advance to ensure their arrival by the deadline.



Prize money totals ten (10) million yen. The Most Valuable Proposal (one proposal only) will be awarded with five (5) million yen.
Valuable Proposals (about five proposals) will be awarded with the equivalent share of the remaining prize money.
The prize money will be paid to the winners from the Secretariat, promptly after the judging.
The winner (the representative, if a group) of the Most Valuable Proposal Award will be offered an opportunity of public presentation of their proposal, and their award winning will be announced on major Japanese newspapers.

2.Date of Final Judging

Final Judging will be on the date specified in the Schedule (planned).

3.Announcement of Results

Judging Committee Chairman Hiroaki Yanagida will announce the results on this website both in Japanese and in English.
The Secretariat will also notify the prizewinners (representative, if a group) individually, promptly after the results are out.

The Judging Committee Chairman reserves the right to decide to have a preliminary judging prior to the final judging, if over 100 entries are made. The method of preliminary judging will be as instructed by the Judging Committee Chairman.

All the proposals making to the final judging, including the ones that did not receive awards, are planned to be published on the "collection of proposals" page of our website.

4.Judging Committee

- Chairman: Hiroaki Yanagida Nagoya Institute of Technology (Chemical Material Engineering)

- Member: Kazuhito Hashimoto Professor, RCAST (Advanced Materials)
- Member: Michitaka Hirose Professor, RCAST (Intelligent Cooperative Systems)
- Member: Miho Ito, Senior Researcher,Office Systems Research Department,Research & Development Division,KOKUYO CO.,LTD. former researcher,Mitsubishi Research Institute,Inc.
- Member: Masao Karube Professor, Katayanagi Advanced Research Laboratories (Biological Engineering, Biological Electronic Engineering)
- Member: Teruo Kishi President, Independent Administrative Institution National Institute for Materials Science
- Member: Tatsuhiko Kodama Professor, RCAST (Molecular Biological Medicine)
- Member: Masaya Kumada Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Gifu University
- Member: Kazuhiko Yamamoto, Professor, Department of Information Science, Faculty of Engineering, Gifu University
- Member: Nobuhiro Okuno Vice President, Nagoya University
- Member: Takashi Onishi Professor, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), the University of Tokyo (Urban & Environment Systems)
- Member: Masumi Shiraishi Assistant Professor, Faculty of Economics, Toyo University
former senior researcher,NLI Research Institute.
- Member: Kazuhiko Yamamoto Professor, Department of Information Science, Faculty of Engineering, Gifu University

5.Disqualification and Cancellation of Awards

If an entry has not met the entry requirements, or is discovered to infringe on the copyright of another party, the entry will be disqualified.
If the infringement is discovered after winning an award, the award will be cancelled.



The copyright belongs to the applicant, in principle.
However, the Secretariat may use the idea without a fee.
Also, an organization that is a component of the Secretariat may use the idea without a fee.

2.Return of Proposal Package

Proposal Package will not be returned to the applicant. Therefore, the applicant wishing to retain the proposal content is advised to make and save his/her copy prior to posting the package.

3.Expenses and Responsibilities

1) Secretariat's Expenses and Responsibilities
The Secretariat is responsible for storing and keeping the proposal packages. However, the Secretariat is not held responsible for the loss or damage of the proposal packages, if by a natural disaster, or any accident that is beyond the control of the Secretariat.
The Secretariat will bear the expenses for uploading the proposals making to the final judging on the website.
The Secretariat will bear the expenses for the Most Valuable Proposal winner to deliver the presentation in Japan, including the domestic and international transportation and accommodation expenses.

2) Applicant's Expenses and Responsibilities
The applicant will bear the cost of paper used for the Proposal Panel, Proposal Description, and the Application Sheet, and the postage to send the registration and proposal package.
The applicant is advised to send the package out well in advance to ensure its arrival by the submission deadline.
The applicant is advised to take necessary care to prevent damage, when packaging the proposal.


Proposal Competition Secretariat, Tono Frontier Science Research City


Urban Development Project Planning Section, Chubu Branch Office,
Urban Development Corporation

Gifu Prefecture

Toki City

(Operation Manager) Masao Yamada

* The Secretariat will not respond to questions individually. However, the important questions arriving by post by August 20 and the answers thereto will be included in the reference information scheduled to be uploaded on the website on September 10.

For application materials visit the official website

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