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Industrial Policy Division, Commerce, Industry and Labor Department

1-1 Kuratsuki, Kanazawa-city, Ishikawa Prefecture, 920-8580


Basic information

Population *1

1154 thousand

Labor force *1

592 thousand

Nominal GDP*2


Number of Establishments*3

61,301 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

The primary industries of Ishikawa Prefecture are machinery, textiles, and foodstuffs. The sectoral ratio of the value of manufactured goods' shipments in fiscal 2019 was 70.1% for machinery, 6.3% for textiles, and 6.2% for foodstuffs. Many companies command the highest market shares in Japan. They manufacture world-class, high-quality products, such as displays, PC peripherals, bottling machines, machining tools, and textile machines.
In recent years, the IT-related industry has made remarkable progress. In the information service industry, Ishikawa Prefecture ranked nation's sixth in per capita number of business establishments, seventh in per capita number of workers, and fifth in per capita sales.


Subsidy of up to 5 billion yen is available


Subsidy to promote the establishment of job-creating companies.
Subsidy to promote the establishment of research laboratories in the Ishikawa Science Park.
Subsidy to promote the establishment of companies in the creative industry.
Subsidy to promote the establishment of headquarter functions.
Subsidy to promote the establishment of satellite offices in the Noto area.
Loan system to promote the establishment of companies.

Target Businesses: Companies from outside the prefecture establishing a business in Ishikawa prefecture; establishing on sites designated by the prefecture
Target Costs: Maximum 2/3 of the costs of acquiring land, building, machines and equipment, etc. for plants (up to 500 million yen)
Interest Rates: Determined by the Governor. 1.6% fix rate for a loan period of 10 years or less, and 1.75% floating rate for a loan period exceeding 10 years. (as of April 1,2020)
Loan Periods: up to 10 years or up to 15 years (including a grace period of up to two years)

Industrial cluster information

Information-related industries

Ishikawa Prefecture's information service industry ranks the nation's sixth in per capita number of business establishments, seventh in per capita number of workers, and fifth in per capita sales. The prefecture has a cluster of world-leading IT-related companies, including I-O Data, a PC peripherals manufacturer with one of the largest domestic shares of HDD, USB memory, etc., PFU that commands the largest share in the world market for industrial image scanners, and EIZO Corporation globally renowned for high-resolution medical displays, PC displays, etc.)

Local companies

I-O Data Device, Inc., PFU Limited, EIZO Corporation

Educational/research institutes of the industry

Kanazawa University, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), Kanazawa Institute of Technology (KIT), Ishikawa Prefectural University


Research institutions

Living environment

Ishikawa has an abundance of nature and offers various leisure facilities and hot springs with well-established cultural and medical care facilities. The downtown area of Kanazawa City provides the most excitement in the Hokuriku area for shoppers and food connoisseurs.
Ishikawa was an industrial and cultural center throughout the middle ages and the samurai's time. Thus, it has Japan's leading traditional handicrafts and sophisticated food culture represented by Kaga cuisine. Kanazawa City, also known as "little Kyoto," is a popular tourist destination. Many foreigners are attracted by and live in Kanazawa.
The Ishikawa Foundation for International Exchange and other organizations provide various support to foreign residents, from consultations on day-to-day matters to learning Japanese culture.

Logistics and infrastructures

Ishikawa is located almost right in the center of the Japanese archipelago; is within close reach of the Tokyo metropolitan area, the Kansai region, and the Chukyo region; and is a distribution hub.
Ishikawa has several main arterial highways running through it, such as the Hokuriku Expressway, Meishin Expressway, and Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway, providing efficient transportation access to Japan's three major metropolitan areas.
It provides convenient access to overseas with flight connections at Haneda Airport etc., and direct flights to Shanghai.
Kanazawa Port serves both container and RORO vessels. Container vessels offer consolidated cargo services for small-lot shipments.

To Tokyo: 2 hours and 30 minutes by train, 1 hour by air, and 5 hours and 36 minutes by car
To Osaka: 2 hours 35 minutes by train, and 3 hours and 31 minutes by car
To Nagoya: 2 hours and 30 minutes by train, and 2 hours and 47 minutes by car
To Shanghai: 2 hours by air
To Korea: 1 hour and 45 minutes by air
To Tailei: 2 hours and 40 minutes by air

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