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International Business Development Division, Department of Business Strategy

Kasahara-cho 978-6, Mito City, Ibaraki Prefecture, 310-8555

Basic information

Population *1

2916 thousand

Labor force *1

1466 thousand

Nominal GDP*2


Number of Establishments*3

118,031 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

Ibaraki Prefecture is located about 100km from Tokyo and has a population of around 3 million. It comprises a vast flat terrain, which is highly suitable for industrial development. It is home to Tsukuba, Japan's most extensive research and academic city, and the birthplace of Hitachi, Ltd.
Ibaraki boasts one of the nation's leading industrial agglomerations with the Hitachi City, where Hitachi-related businesses cluster, and the Kashima Coastal Industrial Zone (Kashima Industrial Complex), with the concentration of petrochemical and other materials industries. In recent years, Hino Motors, Megmilk Snow Brand, and other companies have expanded into the area one after another. Ibaraki has established a high reputation as an industrial base close to the Tokyo metropolitan area.
Among foreign-affiliated companies, Valeo Japan Co., Ltd., an automotive parts supplier, Autoliv Japan Ltd., an automotive parts manufacturer, and Acty Co., Ltd., which conducts research and development of advanced technologies and high-performance materials, have established operations.


Subsidy for the Establishment of a Project Facility


Subsidy of up to 6.4 million yen is available to foreign-owned businesses establishing new offices, etc., in the prefecture to cover part of related expenses.

Establishing expenses: 1/2 of them is granted up to 2 million yen (Market research expenses when establishing the corporation, expenses for various registration procedures for incorporation, expenses for obtaining a resident status, interpretation and translation expenses related to the above)

Rent: 1/2 of rent is granted up to 2.4 million yen (up to 12 months from the lease inception date)

R&D expenses: 1/4 of them is granted up to 2 million yen (Personnel, outsourcing, supplies, depreciation expense, etc. related to research and development)

Exemption from prefectural and municipal taxes


Exemption from prefectural and municipal taxes when establishing or expanding an office, etc., in the prefecture. (subject to certain conditions)

Corporate enterprise tax: Exemption from corporate enterprise tax for three years depending on the number of employees increasing with the establishment or expansion of offices, etc.

Real estate acquisition tax: Exemption from real estate acquisition tax on buildings and land (building sites only) related to the establishment or expansion of offices, etc.

Fixed assets tax: Exemption from fixed assets tax associated with the establishment or expansion of new plants, offices, etc. (only in some municipalities.)

Reduction of industrial water tariffs


Reduction of the industrial water supply rate of enterprises establishing a business in the designated area to one-half for three years from the start of water supply.

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Industrial cluster information

R&D bases

Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture, is home to one-third of the national research institutes, forming Japan's largest science city. These research institutes are actively conducting joint development with private companies. Private companies can also use the facilities of these research institutes. Moreover, the Tsukuba Life Science Promotion Association (TLSK) has established a network consisting of 60 research institutions, universities, and companies. Ibaraki prefecture offers the optimum environment as a research and development base.

Local companies

CYBERDYNE,INC, Valeo Japan Co., Ltd., Autoliv Japan Ltd.

Educational/research institutes of the industry

University of Tsukuba, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), National Institute for Materials Science(NIMS), KEK, the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, a total of 29 research institutes

Industries that use innovative technologies and skills, such as IT and robotics

Hitachi City, Ibaraki Prefecture, is the birthplace of Hitachi, Ltd., a general electrical machinery manufacturer. The city has developed as one of Japan's leading industrial clusters consisting of approximately 350 manufacturing companies. The companies in this region have the production technology necessary for the manufacturing industry, such as electric machinery and metal products, and the high technical skills to ensure Hitachi's quality standards. The city has an optimal environment for companies looking to materialize innovative ideas such as IoT and robotics into products.

Local companies

Hitachi, Ltd., Mitsubishi Power, Ltd., EVO Japan K.K.

Educational/research institutes of the industry

Ibaraki University


Living environment

Ibaraki Prefecture enjoys good access to Tokyo and Narita Airport. At the same time, it has a vast plain and a rich natural environment such as the sea and mountains, offering a well-balanced living environment.
In Ibaraki Prefecture, the prefectural government and the Ibaraki International Association, and municipalities cooperate to support foreign residents' living matters in various fields.

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Logistics and infrastructures

Ibaraki Prefecture is about 100 kilometers from Tokyo, the center of Japan's economy, and is also close to Narita Airport, and accessible in about an hour from both. The prefecture has two major ports: Ibaraki Port (Hitachi District, Hitachinaka District, and Oarai District) and Kashima Port. The prefecture's major ports and places are connected to Tokyo and Narita by four expressways, providing excellent access to overseas and the rest of Japan.

Air: Approx. 55 minutes from Narita Airport to Tsukuba City
Land: 45 minutes from Akihabara Station (Tokyo) to Tsukuba Station by Tsukuba Express

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