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Regional Information Chiba city

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1-1 Chibaminato, Chuo-ku, Chiba-shi 260-8722
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Chiba city

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The information below is as of January 2017.

Basic Information

Population*1 0.97 million
Labor force*1 0.46 million
Area*2 271.8 km²
GDP*3 *
Major industries Wholesaling/retailing, service, restaurant/lodging, construction, medical care/welfare, iron & steel
Wage*4
Initial wage for university graduates(Average)
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Initial wage for college of technology/junior colledge graduates (Average)
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Initial wage for upper secondery school graduates (Average)
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Scheduled cash eanings (Average)
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Land price(for 1m²)*5
Land price for industrial use (Average)
*
Land Price for Commercial Use (Average)
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Number of Establishments*6 30,765
Number of Employees*6 385,877
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JETRO Chiba

Regional Profile

Strength of the region's industries and economy

<Principal industries>
The city's backbone industries, which are basic materials industries such as iron & steel, electric power and food products, are concentrated in the coastal area including Chiba Port. On the other hand, general machinery and metals processing companies are concentrated in the inland area.
<Three city centers>
There are three city centers driving the city's economy:

  • Chiba City Center, which is the hub of information-related industries, commerce, and business functions;
  • Makuhari New City Center, an area rich in the spirit of innovation and internationalism and endowed with high-level commercial and business functions as well as convention facilities
  • Soga City Subcenter, where commercial and business functions, housing, parks, and many other urban amenities are being established

Thus, these three areas are forming a diverse industrial community.
<International economic exchange>
The city has entered into economic exchange agreements with Houston City in the United States and Tianjin and Wujiang in China, providing support for mutual entry of companies into each other's market.

Soga

Foreign company(s) operating in the industry

With QVC Japan, IBM Japan and many other foreign companies operating in the city, Makuhari New City Center, has been elevating its status as an international business hub. As proved by the expansion of Costco into the area and the establishment of Metro's distribution point in Shinminato in Mihama-Ward, Chiba City's potential is attracting many foreign companies.

Available incentives

For companies that intend to establish plants or offices in the prefecture, Chiba Prefecture will provide them with full support under the subsidy programs, finance measures and meticulous support systems.

Incentive name

Subsidy system for establishment of enterprises [ownership] (for acquisition of new factories and office buildings)

Incentive type Subsidies
Incentive target industries

Manufacturing, information communication, transport, wholesale and retail, lease business, academic research, expert/technical services, food services, and construction/automobile repair industries
Note: Some requirements are set concerning area and other elements.

Outline of Incentives (Requirements etc.)
  • The same amount of fixed assets tax and city planning tax (up to 500 million yen/year for 5 years) relating to the acquisition of land, buildings and depreciable property is given.
  • Subsidy up to 600,000 yen is available for each employee living in the city or employee who moved into the city.

*There are conditions for the investment amount and others.

Incentive name

Subsidy system for establishment of enterprises [rent]
(for newly renting factories and office buildings)

Incentive type Subsidies
Incentive target industries

Manufacturing, information communication, transport, wholesale and retail, lease business, academic research, expert/technical services, food services, and construction/automobile repair, drone-related, and MICE-related industries
Note: Some requirements are set concerning area and other elements.

Outline of Incentives (Requirements etc.)
  • When established in the city, subsidies for a half of the rent cost (up to 10 million yen for a year) and the same amount as the local corporate tax (up to 5 years) are given.
  • Subsidy up to 600,000 yen is available for each employee living in the city or employee who moved into the city.

*There are conditions for the investment amount and others.

Incentive name

Subsidy system for establishment of enterprises [rent] – for establishment of foreign enterprises
(for newly renting factories and office buildings)

Incentive type Subsidies
Incentive target industries

Manufacturing, information communication, transport, wholesale and retail, lease business, academic research, expert/technical services, food services, and construction/automobile repair, drone-related, and MICE-related industries
Note: Some requirements are set concerning area and other elements.

Outline of Incentives (Requirements etc.)
  • When established in the city, subsidies for a half of the rent cost (total of 3 million yen) and half the amount of the local corporate tax (3 years) are given.
  • Subsidy up to 600,000 yen is available for each employee living in the city or employee who moved into the city.

*There are conditions for the investment amount and others.

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