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Bordering on the northern limits of a temperate climate and the southern limits of a subarctic climate, Hokkaido is characterized by a cool climate with low humidity and is covered in snow for many months until it finally begins to melt in spring. In a magazine survey, Hokkaido has been chosen as the land with the cleanest and freshest air in Japan.
Water is essential for manufacturing. In fact, Chitose City is one of Hokkaido’s most famous water destinations. Chitose Factory uses water from the Uchibetsu River, a tributary of the Chitose River, as its main water source. The Uchibetsu River is about 2.5km long and has more than 60 large and small springs, with a daily flow of about 13,000 tons at the source and about 60,000 tons at the confluence with the Chitose River. The source of the Uchibetsu River is called “Naibetsu River Spring” and was selected as one of the “100 Best Waters of the Showa Period” by the Ministry of the Environment.
Looking at a map of the northern hemisphere, you can see that most advanced industrialized nations are concentrated in the same latitudinal “belt.” You can see that Hokkaido is actually the closest region of Japan to the rest of the world.
Network to the World
The New Chitose Airport, which is located about 6 kilometers east of the Chitose Factory, is operated 24-hours a day. It is one of the busiest airports in Japan and serves the World’s most traveled air route between Tokyo and Sapporo in addition to many other domestic routes and international and chartered flights.
It is about 30 minutes by car to the Tomakomai Port, an international hub port, and 75 minutes to the Muroran Port. The Ishikari Bay New Port, selected as a base port on the Sea of Japan side, is approximately 60 minutes away. The city has excellent access to base ports.
In addition to its good access to airports and harbors, the Sapporo Cargo Terminal Station, which is 30 minutes by car from Chitose, boasts Japan’s largest cargo handling volume. It enables next-day delivery between Sapporo and Tokyo by container trains. The station is a hub for logistics and transportation inside and outside Hokkaido. Hokkaido Shinkansen is scheduled to extend to Sapporo by the end of fiscal 2030, connecting Sapporo and Tokyo Station in 5 hours.
In order to meet the diverse needs of the field, we will continue to enhance and expand our activity bases and build a deeper relationship with clinical laboratories and hospitals in each region.