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Regional Information Chiba

An excellent location in the world's largest  metropolitan area! Chiba, where nature and sightseeing harmonize with a variety of industries

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Chiba Investment Support Center (CISC) External site: a new window will open.

WBG Marive East 23F, 2-6 Nakase, Mihama-ku, Chiba-city, Chiba Prefecture 261-7123
Tel: +81-43-271-4100 Fax: +81-43-271-4480

Chiba

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  • Please note that inquires not regarding investment in Japan may not be answered.

The information below is as of January 2017.

Basic Information

Population*1 6.22 million
Labor force*1 2.96 million
Area*2 5,157.7 km²
GDP*3 19,811,204 million yen
Major industries Chemicals, petroleum and coal, steel, food products, agriculture (ranks third in total production in Japan)
Wage*4
Initial wage for university graduates(Average)
202,500yen
Initial wage for college of technology/junior colledge graduates (Average)
185,000yen
Initial wage for upper secondery school graduates (Average)
162,600yen
Scheduled cash eanings (Average)
306,000yen
Land price(for 1m²)*5
Land price for industrial use (Average)
43,300yen
Land Price for Commercial Use (Average)
216,300yen
Number of Establishments*6 200,702
Number of Employees*6 2,042,622
JETRO office JETRO Chiba

Regional Profile

Strength of the region's industries and economy

Chiba Prefecture has the advantage of being located adjacent to Tokyo, the national capital, and it is the site of both Narita International Airport, which handles international airline passengers and freight from around the world, and the Port of Chiba, which boasts one of the largest volume of freight handled in Japan. The prefecture also boasts an advanced network of extensive trunk highways, including the Tokyo Bay Aqua-line, making it a superior location for efficient access to Japanese and global markets. Makuhari New City is home to foreign-financed and foreign-owned companies in a wide range of industries, as well as to Makuhari Messe, Japan's largest convention facility, making it an international business city with facilities for work, housing, study, and recreation. The prefecture is home to a number of universities and research institutes, and well-trained human resources are readily available. Working in harmony with clusters of industries in other regions, clusters of alliances among industry, academia, and government are being formed, focused on fields such as industrial craftsmanship, bio- and life sciences, and logistics.

Foreign company(s) operating in the industry

Foreign companies that have chosen to locate in Chiba Prefecture like not only the presence of Narita International Airport and the proximity to the National Capital Region, as well as low land prices and other site-related considerations; they are also attracted by the Chiba Investment Support Center (CISC) and support from local governments.

Company name CHANEL
Industry sector

Apparel and cosmetics manufacturer

Date of entry 2003
Motivation for selecting region
  • Proximity to Tokyo and Narita International Airport
  • The governments of Chiba Prefecture have systems in place for active cooperation with businesses.
  • The presence of numerous universities provides superior human resources to hire as new employees.
Support provided by local government or JETRO
  • The local governments introduced us to prospective sites for constructing new distribution, research, and training centers, and offered support that made all the necessary procedures go smoothly.
Company name Nobel Biocare JapanExternal site: a new window will open.
Industry sector

Dental implants and other types of solutions for restorative and cosmetic dentistry

Date of entry 2007
Motivation for selecting region
  • Access from Narita International Airport (international logistics)
  • Access from Tokyo International Airport and central Tokyo (links with clients and Japan headquarters)
  • Despite its proximity to Tokyo, it offers a green and relaxed business environment.
Support provided by local government or JETRO
  • They continuously showed us prospective properties.
  • Invitations to our executives from the JETRO regional support program
Comments

The site is as close as possible to both our headquarters in central Tokyo and Narita International Airport. In addition, we are well served by flights that bring our customers from all over Japan and overseas. Furthermore, the local government and JETRO diligently searched for prospective properties that met the many conditions that we laid down for sites compatible with our clean image. We are extremely grateful for this.

Available incentives

<A one-stop source of information (the Chiba Investment Support Center)>

  • The CISC is a one-stop source of information, and our special feature is the advisors from the private sector who give foreign companies that are considering moving to Chiba Prefecture quick and friendly advice about a variety of business-related matters, including offices, visas, registration, and recruitment.

<System of Grants>

  • In addition to grants for foreign companies to rent offices and plants, etc., the prefecture also offers measures such as subsidies and tax reductions.

<Incubation Facilities>

  • The Foreign Affiliates Startup Center (FASuC) provides rental office space for foreign companies (20 units, 20 to 70 square meters each) in Makuhari New City, through an alliance between the prefectural government and building operators, suitable for startups with a small number of employees. Companies rent these offices at a discount, thanks to a subsidy from the prefectural government.
  • Other incubation facilities set up in Chiba Prefecture include Tokatsu Techno Plaza and Tohdai Kashiwa Venture Plaza in the Tokatsu region, Creation Core Kazusa in the Kazusa region, and Chibadai Inohana Innovation Plaza in the Chiba area.
Related Link
Incentive: Chiba IncentiveExternal site: a new window will open.
Incentive: FASuC (Foreign Affiliates Start-up Center)

Services for investment in Japan

Providing market information Advice on the matters related to entering into Japanese market
Support for establishing a base Consultation on the matters related to establishing a Japanese base, Provision of facilities including a incubation office

The Chiba Investment Support Center (CISC) is a one-stop service center for foreign companies that are considering setting up business in Chiba Prefecture. Japan investment advisors, all of whom have business experience in Japan and overseas, are always onsite to offer support.

  • Introduction of possible sites for offices, plants, research institutes, and other aspects of business, using both public and private networks
  • Introductions to experts on taxation, registration, working visas, social insurance, and other practical matters
  • Support for hiring human resources
  • Descriptions of Chiba Prefecture's system of preferences (subsidies, the tax system, etc.)
  • Advice on the form that one's business or branch should assume in Japan (Japanese corporation, branch, base with temporarily assigned employees from overseas)
  • Support for expansion of marketing channels and business tie-ins
  • Information about life in Chiba Prefecture

The CISC also provides additional support to meet everyone's needs.

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