1. Site Top
  2. Investing in Japan
  3. Support for Local Governments

Support for Local Governments

Initiatives for attracting foreign/foreign-affiliated companies to regional Japan

To create new businesses and employment in the region and revitalize regional economies, JETRO works with local governments to attract foreign/foreign-affiliated companies to Japan’s local regions by utilizing our domestic and overseas networks.

1. Disseminating information on the attractiveness and investment environment of each domestic region

We introduce industries’ attractiveness and the investment climate in each domestic region to foreign companies through our navigation system for investing in Japan’s local regions. Also, we send out the e-mail newsletters “Invest in Japan” to update on the investment environment in regions.

2. Supporting local governments’ activities to attract foreign companies

Using JETRO’s domestic and overseas networks, we bolster  local governments’ activities to attract foreign companies. We support local governments’ needs by holding seminars to attract businesses at home and abroad or helping with overseas sales visits by local government leaders. 

(1) Support Program for Foreign Direct Investment in Regional Japan
JETRO and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) provide comprehensive support for activities to attract foreign companies by local governments and other entities proactive in bringing in foreign companies. From the strategy formulation stage to support for inviting and landing foreign companies, subsequent follow-up, and compiling requests for administrative procedures improvements, we provide a wide range of menu items customized to suit local conditions and characteristics.
  1. Hokkaido
  2. Sapporo City
  3. Asahikawa Regional Industrial Development Council
  4. Miyagi  Prefecture
  5. Sendai City
  6. Fukushima Prefecture
  7. Ibaraki Prefecture
  8. Tsukuba City
  9. Chiba Prefecture
  10. Kanagawa Prefecture
  11. Yokohama City
  12. Komoro City
  13. Aichi Prefecture
  14. Nagoya City
  15. Mie Prefecture
  16. Matsusaka City
  17. Iga City
  18. Kyoto Prefecture
  19. Kyoto City
  20. Osaka City
  21. Kobe City
  22. Wakayama Prefecture
  23. Fukuoka Prefecture
  24. Kitakyushu City
  25. Fukuoka City
  26. Kurume City
  27. Karatsu City
  28. Kumamoto Prefecture
  29. Okinawa Prefecture
(2) Regional Business Conference (RBC)
JETRO and METI hold RBCs. Local governments invite foreign-affiliated companies’ executives and conduct sales pitch by governors or other leaders, and provide business matching with local companies to promote foreign-affiliated companies’ direct investment in the local areas.

3. Ad hoc support for foreign/foreign-affiliated companies

We provide ad hoc services to foreign/foreign-affiliated companies considering investing in local areas, in cooperation with relevant local governments, such as visiting candidate sites for investment, providing inspection opportunities, and helping with business matching with Japanese companies at domestic exhibitions.