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Latest Updates<Kyoto>Welcome to Kyoto, “City of Innovation”: Services provided by Kyoto Foreign Investment Promotion Committe

Nov 9, 2015

Kyoto had prospered as the capital of Japan in the past and its distinctive culture and industries have continued developing to this day. There are currently 48 universities, including Kyoto University, concentrated in the city, and they have produced twelve Nobel laureates such as Professor Yamanaka, a renowned researcher of iPS cells. The city is one of the leading innovation centers of Japan as is represented by the presence of Kyocera, Nintendo and many other ventures companies, which continue to emerge as global corporations.

The city of Kyoto has set a goal “to achieve results in basic studies in the shortest time in the world.” And in order to meet that goal, it has made preparations to take part in a National Strategic Special Zone and offer subsidy programs for research and development. The Kyoto Foreign Investment Promotion Committee also offers various services to help overseas companies locate in the city.


  • ・Accompanying representatives of overseas companies on visits to Kyoto (Arrangement of company visits and meetings with business contacts and  
  •   attendance on those visits.)
  • ・Introduction to Kyoto Research Park and other incubation facilities
  •   Kyoto Research ParkExternal site: a new window will open.
  • ・Subsidies and preferential tax scheme for capital investment and employment of local workers.
    ・Subsidy to cover part of rent for temporary offices used in setting up business in Kyoto City.
    Provide support by specialists such as accountants and tax accountants for setting up a company.
  • ・Applications for KICK (Keihanna Open Innovation Center Kyoto) are currently being accepted.
  •   KICK InformationPDF file


      Both in Japanese and English

Kyoto Foreign Investment Promotion Committee (KIC) (Secretariat: Overseas Economy Division, Kyoto Prefecture)
Mr. Yamamoto, Ms. Oki
Tel: 075-414-4840
E-mail: kaigaikeizai@pref.kyoto.lg.jp