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Chiba city

Chiba Urban District

Makuhari Urban District

Our goal is to become a "Silicon Valley of Japan", Chiba, the center of the drone industry

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


Basic information

Population *1

970 thousand

Labor force *1

450 thousand

Nominal GDP*2

3,933.5 billion yen

Number of Establishments*3

31,015 establishments

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  1. *1

    Population Census 2015, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

  2. *2

    Prefectural Citizens'Economic Accounts 2018, Cabinet Office

  3. *3

    "2016 Economic Sensus", Statstics Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

Basic information updated on:Jan. 2022

Business Environment

There are 3 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,
and the "Soga Sub-Urban" where various urban functions such as commercial, business, residence, and parks are being introduced.

Incentives

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

Subsidies

A subsidy to cover the 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 assets.
A subsidy of up to 600,000 yen for each employee living in the city or moving into the city.
*There are conditions for the investment amount and others.

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

Subsidies

A subsidy to cover 1/2 of the rent (up to 10 million yen for a year) and the amount equivalent to the local corporate tax (up to 5 years) for companies establishing businesses.
A subsidy of up to 600,000 yen for each employee living in the city or moving into the city.
*There are conditions for the investment amount and others.

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

Subsidies

A subsidy to cover 1/2 of the rent (up to a cumulative amount of 3 million yen) and 1/2 of the amount equivalent to the local corporate tax (for 3 years) for establishing businesses.
A subsidy of up to 600,000 yen for each employee living in the city or moving into the city.
*There are conditions for the investment amount and others.

Industrial cluster information

Core industries (three industries designated by the city government)

The city provides generous subsidies for companies in the following three industries designated by the city government.
Core industries
IT and creative industries (information and communications, video production, etc.)
Food and Health Lifestyle-Oriented Industry (Food Manufacturing, Medical Device and Medical Product Manufacturing, etc.)
Advanced Material-Oriented Manufacturing Industry (Various Manufacturing Industries, etc.)

Local companies

Companies operating on a global scale such as Aeon Group and Sharp Corporation are based in the city.

Educational/research institutes of the industry

N/A

National strategic special zones-related industry

Chiba City was designated as a National Strategic Special Zone in January 2016 and has engaged actively in drones and personal mobility to promote new business startups and the enhancement of advanced technology industries.
To this end, the city government provides extra subsidies to companies that fall under the category of industries related to national strategic special zones (drone-related, personal mobility, etc.).

Living environment

Chiba City, blessed with a mild climate and abundant nature, offers a favorable living environment. Residents can enjoy lower rent than Tokyo and shop at supermarkets, including Costco, to meet various shopping needs.
Chiba City is an excellent place for living, work, and leisure.

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Logistics and infrastructures

Chiba city is located midway between Tokyo Metropolis and Narita International Airport, the gateway to Japan. It is directly linked to other cities in the Greater Tokyo Area by railway and roadway networks and offers convenient access by various routes. The Port of Chiba and Narita International Airport are optimal hubs for expanding businesses into Japanese and overseas markets. The availability of ground, air, and sea routes make Chiba City an advantageous location.

Air: Approx. 30 minutes by car from Haneda Airport, Approx. 20 minutes by car from Narita Airport
Land: Approx. 30 minutes by train from Tokyo Station

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