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Incentive Programs

To facilitate investment in Japan, the government offers appealing incentives, as well as operating single contact points in relevant ministries and agencies for inquires/support regarding doing business in Japan. Local governments also offer various incentives and support exclusively for foreign-affiliated companies and foreign companies that are planning to open an office in their region.

The following shows incentives relevant to overseas/foreign-affiliated companies.

I. National incentives

A. Incentives related to investment in Japan

1. Incentives for promoting research and development business in Japan
Title Overview Target enterprises The Competent Authorities
Act for Promotion of Japan as an Asian Business Center - Act on Special Measures for the Promotion of Research and Development Business, etc. by Specified Multinational Enterprises - External site: a new window will open
  1. Assistance for fund raising * Applicable only to SMEs
    Assistance for fund raising by the Small and Medium Business Investment & Consultation Co., Ltd. (Also covering small and medium-sized stock companies with capital not less than 300 million yen)
  2. Acceleration of patent examinations
    Acceleration of examinations and proceedings for patent applications
    [Ordinary examination: approx. 22 months → accelerated examination: approx.2 months] (FY2011 performance)
  3. Reduction of patent fees  * Applicable only to SMEs
    50 % reduction of examination fees and patent fees for patent inventions
  4. Shortened investment procedures
    Shortened examination period for prior notification for inward direct investment in regulated industries
    (ordinary examination: 30 days → shortened examination: 2 weeks)
  5. Acceleration of status of residency examinations
    Acceleration of entry examinations for the Certificate of Eligibility for Status of Residence applied for by foreign nationals who intend to work in Japan
    (ordinary examination: 1 month → accelerated examination: approx. 10 days)
Specified multinational enterprises that intend to establish a domestic affiliated company with the aim of newly engaging in research and development business or supervisory business in Japan. Investment Facilitation Division, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau, METIExternal site: a new window will open.
2. Subsidy for research and development
Title Overview Eligible Costs Subsidy Rates and Maximum Amount Application Period Organization in Charge
Subsidy Program for Global Innovation Centers This subsidy program subsidizes the cost of companies from overseas for setting up innovation centers, experimental studies and feasibility studies (F/S) with respect to regenerative medicine or IoT in collaboration with Japanese companies and other organizations in Japan with the aim of drawing investments and excellent management resources from overseas by promoting location of high-value-added sections of overseas companies such as R&D facilities, and making Japan a high value-added hub and innovation base for global value chains.
  1. Establishment of Global Innovation Centers (Design, facility purchase and rental, equipment and machinery, construction, surveying and tests, etc.)
  2. Experimental Studies (costs for researchers’ employment, business trips, outsourcing, tests, interpretation and translation, equipment and machinery, etc.)
  3. Feasibility Studies (costs for researchers’ employment, business trips, outsourcing, etc.)
  1. Up to one-third
  2. Up to two-thirds
  3. Fixed amount(up to JPY 10 million)
February 16, 2016 to October 14, 2016
*Application period has ended.
Invest Japan Department,  JETRO

B. Incentives for enterprises that foreign-affiliated companies can also use

1. Incentives based on Employment promotion taxation
Title Overview Tax Incentives Applicable Period The Competent Authorities
Employment promotion taxation External site: a new window will open
*Japanese only
Tax credit for corporate tax for companies who meet requirements, such as making new employment of 5 or more (2 for SMEs), and increasing 10% or more in the applicable business year. (For an applicable business year starting after April 1, 2016) For the companies locating in the areas whose local governments’ employment development promotion measures were agreed and granted the special supports by the central government: tax credit of 400.000 yen /person for new permanent and full-time employment. (Maximum 10% (20% for SMEs) of corporate tax in the business year) Business years starting between April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2018 Employment Policy Division, Employment Security Bureau, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare External site: a new window will open.
*Japanese only

2. Tax incentives for strengthening local business facilities

For cases which satisfy the outlined requirements, tax incentives for strengthening local business facilities are available for companies opening or expanding branch offices and research laboratories in local areas outside of Tokyo (with the exception of a few areas) through foreign direct investment, or foreign-affiliated companies relocating their headquarters function* from the 23 wards of Tokyo to other regions beside Tokyo.
* Headquarters function indicates an "office," "laboratory" or “training institute."

Prerequisites for qualifying for tax breaks
  1. Areas in which tax incentives area available for the establishment, expansion or relocation of headquarters are designated as those areas within each prefecture (Regional Revitalization Areas) where the establishment, expansion or relocation of headquarters are being promoted, and do not include non-target regions for this support.
  2. Before beginning construction for the opening, expanding or relocating of the headquarters, companies must first create a plan for establishing, expanding or relocating the headquarters (a Regional Vitality Improvement Plan for Specific Business Facilities) and then obtain certification from the relevant prefecture.
Please be sure to contact the prefecture where your company is considering the opening, expansion or relocation since a variety of requirements must be met in order to obtain certification from the prefecture.
Non-target regions for support
Tokyo Metropolitan Area, central Chubu region and central Kansai region
(Please contact the central government or prefectures for details.)
Incentives In case of establishment or expansion (including foreign direct investment in Japan) In case of relocating from the 23 wards of Tokyo
Employment promotion taxation (special rules)
  1. Tax credit of up to 600,000 JPY* per new employee
  2. Tax credit of up to 300,000 JPY per new employee is applicable even if the increase in the number of employees of a corporation as a whole is less than 10% from the previous term
    * Please note that there are reductions for transferred and non-regular employees.
  1. Tax credit of up to 900,000 JPY* per new employee
  2. In the above case, tax credit of 300,000 JPY will continue for up to three years if the employment is maintained.
  3. The above provision 2 is applicable to the increase in employment of the designated business facility even if there is no increase in the overall employment of the corporation.
    * Please note that there are reductions for transferred and non-regular employees.
Capital investment tax cut Target: Buildings, attached facilities and structures of specific business facilities
Acquisition price: 20 million yen or more (10 million yen or more for small and medium enterprises)
Tax measures: 15% special depreciation or 4% tax deduction on the acquisition value of specified business facilities
Target: Buildings, attached facilities and structures of specific business facilities
Acquisition cost: 20 million yen or more (10 million yen or more for small and medium enterprises)
Tax measures: 25% special depreciation or 8% tax deduction on the acquisition value of specified business facilities
Unequal taxation of local taxes Companies may be able to receive tax reductions for property taxes and property acquisition taxes by local governments.
3. Incentives regarding Special Zones
Title Overview The Competent Authorities
National Strategic Special ZoneExternal site: a new window will open.
*Japanese only
Special regulatory measures, tax treatment (for corporate income tax), and financial/monetary support are available for companies with business plans in National Strategic Special Zones. Headquarters for the Regional RevitalizationExternal site: a new window will open.
*Japanese only
Comprehensive Special ZonesExternal site: a new window will open.
*View “English”
Special regulatory measures, tax treatment (for corporate income tax), and financial/monetary support are available for companies with business plans in designated zones. CSZs have two types: those for international competitiveness and those for local revitalization. CSZs aim at providing tailored, integrated support for comprehensive and strategic challenges in selected regions. Headquarters for the Regional RevitalizationExternal site: a new window will open.
*Japanese only
Special Zones for ReconstructionExternal site: a new window will open. Special measures such as deregulation, tax incentives, etc. are available for companies with business plans in disaster afflicted areas. Reconstruction AgencyExternal site: a new window will open.
4. Incentives based on Industrial Competitiveness Enhancement Act External site: a new window will open.
Title Overview Overview The Competent Authorities
System to Remove the Gray Zone AreasExternal site: a new window will open.
*View “Industrial Competitiveness Enhancement Act (2014 May Issue) Page 8”
As for new business fields, it is often unclear for enterprises that regulations will be applied to their new businesses. This makes them hesitate to enter such new fields. Related ministers will jointly check each new business to clarify that such businesses satisfy related regulations (white zone).
These efforts will contribute to promoting enterprises’ initiatives for developing new businesses.
Industrial Revitalization Division, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METIExternal site: a new window will open.
System of Special Arrangements for Corporate Field Tests External site: a new window will open.
*View “Industrial Competitiveness Enhancement Act (2014 May Issue) Page 9”
Preferential regulatory flexibility to individual enterprises will be allowed as a special provision.
Enterprises will submit a set of implementation proposals for both initiatives for developing new businesses and alternative measures for existing applicable regulations. Related ministers will jointly examine and approve such individual proposals.
5. Tax Deduction System for Research and Development (R&D Tax Credit System)
Title Overview The Competent Authorities

Tax Deduction System for Research and Development (R&D Tax Credit System) External site: a new window will open.

  • Tax incentives through which a certain rate of R&D expenses conducted by private companies as part of their business activities can be deducted from their corporate tax (national tax) of the relevant fiscal year. (Please refer to “Outline of the R&D Tax Credit SystemExternal site: a new window will open.”)
  • In the revision in 2015, the incentive was drastically enhanced to promote open innovation of companies. (Please refer to “Outline of the FY2015 Revision of the R&D Tax Credit SystemExternal site: a new window will open.”)
  • The total expenditure-based tax credit system (the current tax credit rate: 8-10% in principle; 12% for SMEs) will be revised to a system under which the tax credit rate (6-14% in principle; 12-17% for SMEs) will be set in proportion to changes in R&D expenditure.
  • The application period of the high-level type tax credit system will be extended for two years.
  • Some types of expenditures related to the development of new services will be added to the scope of R&D expenditures eligible for tax credit.
  • The scope of special R&D expenditures eligible for tax credit and the procedures of the system will be revised.
    (Please refer to FY2017 Tax Reform (Main Points)External site: a new window will open.)
Innovation and Industry-University Collaboration Division, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau, METI External site: a new window will open.
6. Immigration treatment incentive
Title Overview Note The Competent Authorities

Points-based preferential immigration treatment for highly skilled foreign professionalsExternal site: a new window will open.

Under the points-based system, foreign professionals who earn 70 points or more will be recognized as "highly skilled foreign professionals" and will be given preferential immigration treatment.
  • Easing certification requirements of “Point-based System for Highly Skilled Foreign Professionals” (December 2013) (e.g., criteria of annual salary, research activities, etc.)
  • Creating a new residence status allowing indefinite period of stay for highly skilled foreign professionals (legislation enacted in June 2014, enforced in April 2015)
  • Establishment of the world’s fastest green card approval system, the “Japanese Green Card for Highly Skilled Foreign Professionals“ in April 2017.
  • Drastically shortening the required period of residence for application of highly skilled foreign professionals for permanent residence status from 5 years.
Foreign Residents Information Center, Immigration Bureau, Ministry of JusticeExternal site: a new window will open.

C. Incentives relating to disaster recovery

1. Subsidies for new business establishment and employment creation in areas recovering from tsunami and nuclear disaster
Title Subsidized Projects Eligible Costs Subsidy Rates/
Maximum Amount
Application Period/
Selected Projects
The Competent Authorities

Subsidy Program for New Business Establishment in the Areas Recovering from Tsunami and Nuclear Disaster towards Employment Creation [ Manufacturing business site location support project ]

Guidelines for Subsidy Application (Sixth Offering of Subsidy)PDF file(450KB) 

A subsidy program for establishment of new factories (manufacturing), distribution facilities, research laboratories, call centers, data centers and others, so as to activate the regional economy through employment creation in the areas within prefectures inundated by the tsunami and Tohoku Earthquake and the areas in Fukushima prefecture affected by the nuclear power station accident and where the evacuation order has been lifted. Initial expenditure for factory/facility location covering from acquisition of land to construction of buildings and installation of production equipment Subsidy rates/amount varies depending on areas eligible and size of company. Up to 1/3 for large companies, 1/2 for SMEs
[Maximum subsidy: 3 billion yen] * 5 billion yen for projects which are particularly highly
valued by a third-party committee in municipalities affected by the tsunami
Application for the Seventh offering is closed.
The timing for the Eigth offering is TBD.
Regional Industrial Infrastructure Division, Regional Economic and Industrial Policy Group, METIExternal site: a new window will open.
*Japanese only

Subsidy Program for Industrial Location and Job Creation to Support Independence and a Return to Recovering Areas (A project supporting the location of business sites for the manufacturing and service sectors)
Guidelines for Subsidy Application (Second Offering of Subsidy) PDF file (324KB)

This subsidy program aims to support companies that establish or expand factories to secure a “work place” and to promote industrial accumulation in areas of Fukushima Prefecture which had previously been under evacuation orders. The program is also intended to support commercial recovery to promote the return of residents and the establishment of industries. Land acquisition cost, Land development cost, Building acquisition cost, Equipment cost (*)

* The equipment cost refers to costs necessary for the purchase and installation of new and additional equipment, machinery and appliances at facilities eligible for subsidy. The cost of auxiliary equipment that cannot be detached from buildings shall be included in the acquisition cost of the buildings.

Subsidy rates/amount varies depending on areas eligible and size of company. Up to 2/3 for large companies, 3/4 for SMEs (Maximum subsidy: 3 billion yen. However, the upper limit shall be ¥ 5 billion for projects which are particularly highly valued by a third-party committee.) From June 9 (Friday), 2017, until noon on September 8 (Friday), 2017 Regional Industrial Infrastructure Division, Regional Economic and Industrial Policy Group, METIExternal site: a new window will open.
*Japanese only

Subsidy for Business Location for Reconstruction of Industry in FukushimaExternal site: a new window will open.
*Japanese only

Provide subsidy for location of factory (manufacturing sector), distribution facility, R&D facility, call center and others to create expansion of production capacity and sustainable creation of employment in Fukushima prefecture suffered damage in wide areas hit by Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster. For more information on the subsidy in FY2017, please refer to the section of “2017 subscription for tenth.External site: a new window will open.”(Japanese only) Initial cost of installing machinery and equipment (excluding renewal and replacement) Rate of subsidy depends on the place of investment and the size of the enterprise making investment. Subsidy equivalent to 1/3 or less than the amount of investment is offered for big businesses, 1/2 for SMEs. [Maximum subsidy: 1billion yen] *In case the governor issues special permission, cap is raised to 3 billion yen. From Apr. 27 to Noon Jun. 30, 2017 Fukushima Reconstruction Promotion Group, METIExternal site: a new window will open.
*Japanese only

Firm location section, Commercial and industrial Labor Relations Division, Fukushima PrefectureExternal site: a new window will open.

Subsidies for Financial Assistance for Employment for Reconstruction of Industry in FukushimaExternal site: a new window will open.
*Japanese only
Subsidies for employment of disaster victims by enterprises designated as the recipient of subsidies and finances (limited to those designated by prefectural government ) provided by national government or local government, including Subsidy for Business Location in Tsunami and Nuclear Disaster Affected Areas. For more information on the subsidy in FY2017, please refer to “Regarding offer of 2017.External site: a new window will open.”(Japanese only) Expenses for employing disaster-victimized job seekers. [15 damaged cities, towns, or villages] Up to 2.25 million yen for three years per one employment
[SMEs in areas other than 15 damaged cities, towns or villages] Up to 1.2 million yen for three years per one employment
*Cap on the employment subsidy is placed: 20 million yen per one establishment.
Information session will be held from May 29 20, 2017 to Jun. 15, 2017

Applicable period is from Jul. 29, 2017 to Jan. 12, 2018
*Depending on the situation of application, deadline could be advanced.

Section in charge of grant, Employment Administration Division, Commercial and industrial Labor Relations Division, Fukushima Prefecture External site: a new window will open.
2. Preferential tax treatment for special zone
Title Overview Tax incentives The Competent Authorities

Special Zone for Promoting Investment in Reconstruction of Industry in Fukushima External site: a new window will open.

Companies who contribute to maintaining employment opportunities in reconstruction industry accumulation area are eligible to apply for special tax measures when they made capital investment or employed disaster victims.
Specific types of industries in Fukushima industry revival investment promotion special ward are subject to this measure.
For details, please refer to “Overview of special measures in the taxation system” and “List of target types of industry” in “Revival special ward.External site: a new window will open.”(Japanese only)
Special redemption is applied for investment in machinery, equipment, building and others.
Tax exemption, special corporate tax credit and total tax exemption or ununiformed tax rates on local government tax (enterprise tax, real property acquisition tax and fixed assets tax) are applied.
Firm location section, Commercial and industrial Labor Relations Division, Fukushima PrefectureExternal site: a new window will open.

II. Prefectural and municipal incentives

Prefectures and Municipals have their own unique incentives. You can search on Regional Information.

A. Regional Information

Introduction of in-depth profile of Japan's local regions, covering all 47 prefectures and 29 major cities: major industries including size, features and R&D facilities; business climate including infrastructure, incentives, government support, and more.  More details

B. Incentives of local governments for foreign-affiliated companies

Prefecture/city Name of subsidies/incentives Incentives of local governments for foreign-affiliated companies
Fukushima Pref.

Subsidy for Investment Support Project for Foreign Corporations Entering into Fukushima Prefecture for BusinessExternal site: a new window will open.

Subsidizing portion of rent expenses, consultant commissioning fees, expenses required for incorporation (registration of corporation, acquisition of resident status, etc.) Eligible companies are those establishing facilities for manufacturing, R&D and/or sales in Fukushima Prefecture for the first time in the fields of pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, renewable energy and/or robotics (Subsidy rate of 3/4, with up to 28m yen per company)
Chiba Pref. Office Lease Subsidies for Foreign-Affiliated Companies in Chiba PrefectureExternal site: a new window will open. Subsidizing portion of rent for offices or other facilities (1/3 of annual rent x 1 year, maximum 600,000 yen for companies with a number of employees less than 5 and 1.8m yen for 5 or more)
Office Lease Subsidies for Foreign Affiliates Start-up Center(FASuC)External site: a new window will open. Subsidizing portion of rent for FASuC (1/3 of annual rent x 3 years, the subsidy program expires in March 2019)
Chiba City

Facility Rent Subsidy for Foreign-Affiliated CompaniesExternal site: a new window will open.

Note: Japanese website only

Subsidizing portion of rent (1/2 of rent x 3 years, cumulative total limit of 3m yen), reduction of corporate inhabitant tax (municipal tax) (1/2 x 3 years)
Tokyo Metropolis Overseas Financial Corporation Business Establishment Subsidy ProgramExternal site: a new window will open. Subsidizing fees incurred in consultaion with experts and pesonnel recruitment costs (up to 1/2 of actual expenses paid to experts such as lawyers, etc., and fee-charging employment placement business providers, maximum 7.5m yen per company)
Program to Increase Foreign EntrepreneursExternal site: a new window will open. Deregulation of a "business manager" visa requirement for foreign nationals wishing to start business in Tokyo (period of residence is 6 months)
Kanagawa Pref.

Select Kanagawa 100, Rent Subsidy External site: a new window will open.

View the PDF file "Select Kanagawa100 (English)"

Subsidizing portion of rent for factories, R&D centers or offices (1/3, maximum 6m yen) for foreign-affiliated companies reinvesting in Kanagawa
Shizuoka Pref. Office Rent Subsidy for Foreign-Affiliated or Foreign CompaniesExternal site: a new window will open.
View the PDF file "Incentive of Shizuoka pref." (English)"
Subsidizing portion of office rent (1/2 of monthly rent x 1 year, maximum 500,000 yen in total)
Niigata Pref.

Subsidy for Office Rent for Foreign-Affiliated CompaniesExternal site: a new window will open.

Note: Japanese website only

Subsidizing portion of rent (1/2 x 3 years, maximum 3m yen [up to 1m yen per year for 3 years])
Niigata City

Foreign company business promotion subsidyExternal site: a new window will open.

Note: View the PDF file "the Support for Setting Up Your Business in Niigata"

Subsidizing registration fees (maximum 150,000 yen per company) and rent (1/2 of monthly rent x 2 years, maximum 50,000 yen per month)

Niigata City National Strategic Special Zone - Entrepreneurial Incentives for ForeignersExternal site: a new window will open.

Note: Japanese website only

Deregulation of a "business manager" visa requirement for foreign nationals wishing to start business in Nigata City (period of residence is 6 months)
Aichi Pref. GNI Business Start-up Support ProgramExternal site: a new window will open. Subsidizing expenses for location and commencement of operations of foreign-affiliated companies in Greater Nagoya Area
(1. Consultation fees and expenses paid for specialists for company registration and visa applications 2. Expenses for personnel recruitment 3. Expenses for brokerage costs of an office).
Total amount of incentives (1, 2, 3 above) is as follows: (I)Foreign company whose prospective investment amount is more than 10 million yen : up to 500,000 yen; (II) more than 5 million yen and less than 10 million yen : up to 300,000 yen; and (III) less than 5 million yen : up to 200,000 yen.
Gifu Pref.
Mie Pref.
Nagoya City
Mie Pref. Subsidy for Foreign Affiliated Enterprises Planning to Establish an Asian Base in MieExternal site: a new window will open. Subsidizing 20% of depreciable assets invested by foreign-affiliated companies when establishing manufacturing bases (maximum 500m yen)
Subsidies for Office RentExternal site: a new window will open. Subsidizing portion of office rent (1/2 x 3 years, maximum 5m yen per year)
Kyoto Pref. Subsidy for Foreign Affiliated Enterprises planning to establish in Kyoto

Note: No website.
For more information, please refer to Kyoto Prefecture Department of Commerce, Labor, and Tourism; Overseas Economy Division(Tel:075-414-4840)

Subsidizing registration fees (maximum 150,000 yen per company)
Osaka Pref. Osaka Prefecture's Subsidies for Investment Promotion (Subsidy for Foreign-affiliated Companies)External site: a new window will open.

View the PDF file "3. Preferential Treatment System in Osaka"

Subsidizing portion of investment of foreign-affiliated companies establishing new corporate headquarters in Osaka Prefecture (5% of investment on building and capital goods or 1/3 of office rent, with limitation depending on number of full-time employees)

O-BIC Support Program for Foreign Companies)External site: a new window will open.

Subsidizing expenses for registration (up to 100,000 yen per company) and acquisition of resident status (up to 50,000 yen per company)
Hyogo Pref.

Tax IncentivesExternal site: a new window will open.

View the PDF file "Best Portal Zone (English)"

Reduction of corporate enterprise tax (1/3×5 years)

Subsidies for Office RentExternal site: a new window will open.

View the PDF file "Best Portal Zone (English)"

Subsidizing portion of office rent (up to 1/2 x 3 years, maximum 1,500 yen/square meter per month and 2m yen per year)

Subsidies for New EmploymentExternal site: a new window will open.

View the PDF file "Best Portal Zone (English)"

Subsidies for new employment : 300,000 yen/person (In designated areas, 600,000 yen/person for new employment, 300,000 yen/person for new non-regular employment) (maximum 300m yen)

Subsidies for the Costs of Establishing a Japanese HeadquartersExternal site: a new window will open.

View the PDF file "Best Portal Zone (English)"

Subsidizing 1/2 of cost (cost for market research: maximum 1m yen, costs for corporate registration: 200,000 yen)

Kobe City Rental Assistance for Overseas Corporations and Foreign-Affiliated FirmsExternal site: a new window will open. [Hyogo Prefecture and Kobe city in partnership] Subsidizing portion of office rent (up to 1/2 x 3 years, maximum 1,500 yen/square meter per month and maximum 2m yen per year)
[Kobe city/additional subsidies] Subsidizing portion of office rent (up to 1/4 x 3 years, maximum 750 yen/square meter per month and maximum 9m yen per year)
Fukuoka Pref. Subsidy for Visit to Fukuoka Subsidizing portion of travel expenses by foreign-affiliated companies to or within Japan (eligible companies are those in fields of automobiles, IT, semiconductors, biotechnology, environment and robots, which are considering entry into Fukuoka Prefecture). 1. Travel from regions in Japan other than Fukuoka Prefecture: up to 100,000 yen per company 2. Travel from foreign countries other than Europe/America: 150,000 yen per company 3. Travel from Europe/America: up to 200,000 yen per company
Incentives to Encourage Establishment of its Subsidiary in Japan Subsidizing portion of registration fee (foreign-affiliated companies in fields of automobiles, IT, semiconductors, biotechnology, environment and robots; 1/2 of registration fee, maximum 150,000 yen)
Fukuoka City

Business Establishment Support Programs in Fukuoka City (for Foreign and Foreign Affiliated Enterprises)External site: a new window will open.

Note: Japanese website only

  1. Subsidizing portion of office rent [Basic type] (1/4 x 1 year, maximum 15m yen), [Large-scale type] (1/4 x 2 years, maximum 25m yen)
  2. Subsidies for new employment [Regular employment] 500,000 yen/person for citizens of Fukuoka City, 1m yen/person for researchers who are citizens of Fukuoka City [Other type of permanent employment] 150,000 yen/person for citizens of Fukuoka City, 50,000 yen for non-citizens of Fukuoka City (Maximum 50m yen)
  3. Subsidizing 1/2 of cost (cost for marketing research, interpretation fees, obtaining approvals and registering for licenses, or cost of recruiting employees) (Maximum 3m yen)
Office and Residential Rent Subsidy Program for Foreign Startups (FY2017)External site: a new window will open. Subsidizing portion of rent (1/2 x 1 year, maximum 70,000 yen per month for residence, maximum 50,000 yen per month for office space)
Startup Visa (Entrepreneurial Incentives for Foreigners)External site: a new window will open. Deregulation of a "business manager" visa requirement for foreign nationals wishing to start business in Fukuoka City (period of residence is 6 months)
Kumamoto Pref. Substantial incentives to support the operation after the establishment in KumamotoExternal site: a new window will open. 1. Subsidies for Promoting Establishment of Business Facilities (Maximum 5billion yen) [Eligibility: Investing 300m yen more, and hiring 10 new employees or more]
2. Subsidies for Promoting Establishment of Industry Support Service Businesses (Maximum 500million yen) [Eligibility: Investing 30million yen or more, and hiring 50 new employees or more]

[As of August 2016]

Data source: Websites of local governments
* This list includes subsidies/incentives of local governments that are limited to foreign-affiliated companies or foreign companies. This list does NOT include subsidies/incentives that are applicable to both Japanese companies and foreign-affiliated companies. Please see websites of relevant local governments for details and the latest information.

JETRO has made its best efforts to ensure accuracy of the information contained in this list. JETRO shall assume no responsibility for any damage or losses caused from the information in this document.

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