Investing in Japan
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*The information below is as of July 2014.
|Labor force*1||0.72 million|
|GDP*3||Please inquire to your local government for the detailed information about city GDP.|
|Major industries||Services (for businesses and individuals), wholesale/retail, real estate, transport/communication, and manufacturing industries (food processing, printing/publishing, and machinery/metals)|
Fukuoka City's sphere of influence in terms of transportation and information extends to the whole Kyushu and Yamaguchi Prefectures, which contain a population of 15 million. It is also geographically close to markets in China's coastal regions and Korea. Because of its population concentration and highly sensitive consumers, the city is attracting attention as a location for test marketing prior to the decision on nationwide sales of new products or business expansion. Motivated by the volume of business and consumption in the Kyushu and Yamaguchi area, wholesale and B2B services comprise a large portion and the supportive functions for the industries in the whole Kyushu are concentrated here.
Fukuoka City has long been a popular choice among major foreign companies as the location for their Kyushu/West Japan regional headquarters. In recent years, the city has been increasingly chosen as a toehold by the East Asian companies in East Asian countries such as China and Korea entering into the Japanese market.
For more information of the foreign companies entering in Fukuoka City, see "Interviews with companies established in Fukuoka" page of the Asiabiz Fukuoka portal site.
Asiabiz Fukuoka portal site: Interviews with companies established in Fukuoka
|Company name||HUMAX Co.,LTD.|
Sales of digital satellite -broadcasting-set top box, digital-cable-broadcasting-set top box, car-audio digital AV machines.
|Date of entry||May 2011|
|Motivation for selecting region||
Interviews with companies established in Fukuoka - Humax Japan Co., Ltd.
|Company name||Dongil Rubber Belt Japan Co. Ltd.|
|Industry sector||Manufacture and sale of rubber transmission belts|
|Date of entry||August 2008|
A variety of support programs are available for businesses locating in Fukuoka City, including subsidy for the office rent. Especially for the foreign companies seeking the first toehold in Japan, part of the recruiting expenses and consulting fee for the company-formation specialist is subsidized. Contact us before making an application, because prior consultation is necessary.
Fukuoka City Location Subsidy
|Incentive target industries||
Knowledge-creating industry, health-/-medical-/-welfare-related industry, environment- and energy-related industry, Asian business, distribution-related, urban industry, headquarter functions, and large-scale customer attraction facilities
A subsidy is provided for companies newly locating offices in targeted sectors for their investment amount/renting cost depending on the target sector, region, and type of location.
* Island City, Kashii Park Port and Kyushu University Academin City
Subsidy for renting
Subsidy for expanding into the area
Exemption from fixed-asset tax and city planning tax
|Incentive type||Prefential Tax Treatment|
|Incentive target industries||
Businesses eligible for the Green Asia Comprehensive Global Strategic Special Zone
Companies who meet the requirements under the "Ordinance for Promoting Fukuoka City's Green Asia Comprehensive Global Strategic Special Zone" conducting businesses related to Green Asia Comprehensive Global Strategic Special Zone and designated as a company of Fukuoka City are eligible for exemption from fixed-asset tax and city planning tax for premises and machinery equipment newly acquired for Special Zone business uses
|Providing market information||Advice on market participation, Consulting by external experts and advisers, Arranging appointments with potential customers and partners|
|Support for finding customers||Monitoring surveys (evaluation of products and services), Listing of potential customers and partners, Listing of potential customers and partners|
|Support for establishing a base||Providing incubation facilities or other facilities, Providing incubation facilities or other facilities, Providing information on procedures for investing in Japan, Arranging the meetings needed to establish a base (real estate, manpower services), Introduction of available properties and advice on hiring personnel, Providing information on permits and licensing procedures, Providing information on subsidy programs|
Following the example of the national government’s INVEST JAPAN (comprehensive and centralized point of contact for companies directly investing in Japan), Fukuoka City established a one-stop service for administrative procedures for foreign companies locating in Fukuoka. It transmits information about the City’s investment climate and provides support for companies coming to Fukuoka.
Local companies doing or interested in business overseas are registered. On the other hand, foreign companies interested in dealing with companies in Fukuoka/Kyushu are also registered.
Introduces the semiconductor-related companies in Kyushu, which is known as "Silicon Island."