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Monday, December 11, 2023

Announced six proposals for the "JR Hokkaido Abandoned Railway Site Utilization Innovation Program"!

JR Hokkaido has invited collaboration proposals from August to November 2022 as an open innovation program to incorporate ideas and technologies from outside the company for the effective use of the abandoned railway sites of the Ishikatsu Line, which ceased railroad operations in March 2019, and the Hidaka Line, which ceased railroad operations in March 2021! We have now announced the business partners for the collaboration and the adopted proposal that has been decided at the current stage!

Number of Applications and Adoption

Number of applications: 34 (30 companies)
Number of adopted projects: 6 ( 6 companies)

Outline of adopted projects, etc.

Company NameProposal Details
Myogeki Consultants Co.Utilization of tunnels as wine curves
JAPAN AX PROJECT Co.Creating liveliness through the use of mural art
(mm Guard Co.Drone aircraft development testing site, and as a practice site for obtaining licenses.
forent co.Development of campgrounds and glamping facilities
ENEOS CorporationSolar power generation business
Enewill Co.Solar power generation business

*For details, please refer to the "JR Hokkaido Innovation Program for Utilization of Abandoned Railway Track Sites" announcement by the adopted companies (April 12, 2023).

Upcoming events

We will discuss details such as location, business scale, and start date with each business, and make preparations for commercialization.
We will make another announcement when the business starts.

Creating new attractions in Hokkaido!

August 30, 2022

Announcement of companies selected for the "Innovation Program for Utilization of Abandoned Railway Lines in JR Hokkaido(April 12, 2023)

JR Hokkaido implements the "JR Hokkaido Innovation Program for Utilization of Abandoned Railway Lines".
Six companies have been selected for collaboration

Utilization of tunnels as wine curves

◈ Stores and sells food products that add value by using the tunnel's environment to age mainly wine.
◈ Wine 􏰀 We will consider handling rare foreign wines handled domestically, with a focus on local products, and strive to spread the culture of aging wine.
◈ We will examine the possibility of setting up a restaurant of locally produced foods as a lively place.

name of companyMyogeki Consultants Co.
Name of RepresentativeRepresentative Director Hideo Todo
Business OverviewDevelopment of projects to redistribute wealth to local regions, including local cooperative creation projects, corporate consulting business, and real estate business.
Company HPttps://www.meikei-gr.jp/
ProposalJoint planning of a wine cave using an abandoned railway tunnel and pursuit and realization of the possibility of creating a lively place

Creating a lively atmosphere through the use of mural art

◈ We will create a new value of "place 􏰁", a former abandoned railway line site, by using mural art called ◈.
◈ Mural 􏰀 "I can see where I draw", "I can draw together", "I can create a magnificent space" are the characteristics of the product, and we will provide the original experience to experience 􏰀 art with this effort.
◈ And we hope to maximize the effect by crossing the mural with other projects and businesses, not just art alone 􏰀.

name of companyJAPAN AX PROJECT Co.
Name of RepresentativePresident and Representative Director Masashi Yamada
Business OverviewMural art project production/art planning and consulting
Company HPhttps://www.axpjt.com/
ProposalCreation of a place for people to gather using mural art,
The effect of the implemented project is maximized by multiplying art.

Provide "Level 3" flight areas and AI-based robotic track inspection

Providing a field for drone category III flights as a "Drone Pass" utilizing an abandoned railway line site.

◈ The field for long distance drone category III flight (out of sight & unassisted) is provided as "Drone Pass".
◈ It will also be used as a development field for Drone View, AI software for line inspection.

name of companymm Guard Co.
Name of RepresentativeRepresentative Director Kazuaki Suzuki
Business OverviewDevelopment and sales of AI for infrastructure inspection "Drone View", an AI that understands the difference 􏰁
Company HPhttps://www.droneview.co.jp
ProposalProviding "Level 3" flight areas for drone logistics and AI-enabled robotic railway track inspection

Development of campgrounds and glamping facilities utilizing abandoned railway sites and their scenery

◈ Utilizing the abandoned railway site and its landscape, we will develop a campsite with originality and create a base to promote the charm of the area.
◈ Also, by selling a set of nature, culture, and activity experiences unique to the region, we provide new experience value that contributes to the revitalization of the regional economy, while at the same time protecting and utilizing the regional characteristics of history, culture, and nature.
◈ We will build a reservation and sales system that enables consistent and seamless customer experience from pre-trip to atrip.

name of companyforent corporation
Name of RepresentativeKohei Tsukazaki, Representative Director and CEO
Business OverviewA service that matches landowners and campers by listing idle land and idle real estate as camping space and other outdoor lodging facilities.
Planning, development and operation of "ExCAMP" and consulting business
Company HPhttps://excamp.jp/
ProposalNew experience value through the development of campgrounds and glamping facilities utilizing abandoned railway sites and their scenery

Creating new attractions in Hokkaido!

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