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Industry Establishment Division, Commerce, Industry, Labor and Fisheries Department

10-1 Kamoike Shinmachi, Kagoshima-city, Kagoshima Prefecture, 890-8577


Basic information

Population *1

1648 thousand

Labor force *1

791 thousand

Nominal GDP*2

5,548.7 billion yen

Number of Establishments*3

77,256 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

Kagoshima Prefecture has the characteristics of an agricultural prefecture blessed with vast farm fields and long coastal lines under a warm climate, attracting many food product businesses. As a part of the Kyushu region, where the semiconductor and automobile industries concentrate, companies with cutting-edge technologies have expanded into Kagoshima, leading the prefecture's industry and economy. As for the overseas companies, five business facilities of four companies have already launched operations in the prefecture, including Nippon Molex LLC.

Incentives

Kagoshima Prefecture subsidy for the promotion of establishment of new business facilities

Subsidies
Capital investment

Subsidy to cover a part of the acquisition costs of buildings and equipment for companies establishing operations in Kagoshima Prefecture and meeting requirements for new employment, etc.

Kagoshima Prefecture subsidy for the promotion of the establishment of production facilities

Subsidies
Capital investment

Subsidy to cover a portion of facility expansion or renovation expenses for companies expanding into Kagoshima and maintaining employment, etc.

Kagoshima Prefecture subsidy for maintaining specified plant facilities

Subsidies
Capital investment

Subsidy for companies installing an industrial water special processing facility (a facility for removing silica) and companies paying the power company charges for installing a special high-voltage cable related distribution facility to cover a part of installation costs and charges.

Industrial cluster information

Food-related industry

The value of product shipments in the food manufacturing industry (food and beverage) accounts for approximately 53% of the prefecture's total. It has grown into the main industry in this prefecture. Many food-related companies gather against the backdrop of abundant agricultural, forestry, and fishery products.

Under the "Kagoshima Manufacturing Industry Promotion Policy," the prefecture aims to enhance its manufacturing base by aggressively rolling out activities to attract its priority industries, including food, electronics, and automobiles, as well as environmental and new energy fields with high growth potential.

In industry-academia-government collaboration, the following organizations function organically for enhancing R&D capabilities and mediating between companies expanding into Kagoshima and local companies.

Kagoshima Prefectural Institute of Industrial Technology: Aims to upgrade and advance industrial technology as a core institution to support SMEs' technological development and improvement of technical capabilities.

Kagoshima Industry Support Center: As a support base for SMEs in the prefecture, it provides comprehensive services to address issues in finance, business, and technology.

Kagoshima University Regional Co-Creation Center for Industry and Society / Daiichi Institute of Technology Public Collaboration Center / Regional Cooperative Technocenter of the National Institute of Technology, Kagoshima
College: As research and development centers jointly managed by industries and academia, they conduct joint research, undertake consigned research, and provide high-technology education.

Local companies

Satsuma Shuzo Company limited., Hamadasyuzou

Educational/research institutes of the industry

Kagoshima University

Others

Kagoshima Prefectural Institute of Industrial Technology

Electronics-related industry

Large corporations, such as Sony (the global leader in image sensor technology), Kyocera (boasting stellar technical prowess and networking) and many small- and medium-sized enterprises with unique proprietary technologies cluster in Kagoshima.

Under the "Kagoshima Manufacturing Industry Promotion Policy," the prefecture aims to enhance its manufacturing base by aggressively rolling out activities to attract its priority industries, including food, electronics, and automobiles, as well as environmental and new energy fields with high growth potential.

In industry-academia-government collaboration, the following organizations function organically for enhancing R&D capabilities and mediating between companies expanding into Kagoshima and local companies.

Kagoshima Prefectural Institute of Industrial Technology: Aims to upgrade and advance industrial technology as a core institution to support SMEs' technological development and improvement of technical capabilities.

Kagoshima Industry Support Center: As a support base for SMEs in the prefecture, it provides comprehensive services to address issues in finance, business, and technology.

Kagoshima University Regional Co-Creation Center for Industry and Society / Daiichi Institute of Technology Public Collaboration Center / Regional Cooperative Technocenter of the National Institute of Technology, Kagoshima College: As research and development centers jointly managed by industries and academia, they conduct joint research, undertake consigned research, and provide high-technology education.

Local companies

KYOCERA Corporation, Sony Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation

Educational/research institutes of the industry

Kagoshima University

Others

Kagoshima Prefectural Institute of Industrial Technology

Automotive-related Industries

Amid the agglomeration of automobile production bases in Kyushu, Kagoshima attracts many automobile-related businesses with its vast land and human resources. It plays a critical role in improving the performance and quality of automobiles.

Under the "Kagoshima Manufacturing Industry Promotion Policy," the prefecture aims to enhance its manufacturing base by aggressively rolling out activities to attract its priority industries, including food, electronics, and automobiles, as well as environmental and new energy fields with high growth potential.

In industry-academia-government collaboration, the following organizations function organically for enhancing R&D capabilities and mediating between companies expanding into Kagoshima and local companies.

Kagoshima Prefectural Institute of Industrial Technology: Aims to upgrade and advance industrial technology as a core institution to support SMEs' technological development and improvement of technical capabilities.

Kagoshima Industry Support Center: As a support base for SMEs in the prefecture, it provides comprehensive services to address issues in finance, business, and technology.

Kagoshima University Regional Co-Creation Center for Industry and Society / Daiichi Institute of Technology Public Collaboration Center / Regional Cooperative Technocenter of the National Institute of Technology, Kagoshima College: As research and development centers jointly managed by industries and academia, they conduct joint research, undertake consigned research, and provide high-technology education.

Local companies

TOYOTA AUTO BODY Research & Development CO.,LTD., NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.

Educational/research institutes of the industry

Kagoshima University

Others

Kagoshima Prefectural Institute of Industrial Technology

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Living environment

Kagoshima Prefecture boasts a world-class natural heritage, hot springs, delicious foods, traditional culture, warm-hearted people, and abundant human resources. It offers a colorful and attractive living environment.

Logistics and infrastructures

By utilizing its geographical advantage of being situated in the southernmost part of Japan, Kagoshima Prefecture has a great potential to grow as the gateway to Asia.
Kagoshima Airport has regular service to major domestic cities and overseas (Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong).
In terms of maritime transportation, the Port of Shibushi and Port of Satsumasendai have scheduled domestic and international container ship routes. The Port of Shibushi has been selected as the only international bulk strategy port (grain) in Kyushu.

Air:
Domestic flights
Approx. 90 minutes from Haneda Airport to Kagoshima Airport
Approx. 65 minutes from Itami Airport to Kagoshima Airport.
Approx. 50 minutes from Fukuoka Airport to Kagoshima Airport

International flights
Approx. 105 minutes from Seoul (Incheon Airport) to Kagoshima Airport.
Approx. 100 minutes from Shanghai (Pudong Airport) to Kagoshima Airport
Approx. 110 minutes from Taipei (Taoyuan Airport) to Kagoshima Airport
Approx. 175 minutes from Hong Kong (Hong Kong Airport) to Kagoshima Airport

Land:
One hour and 16 minutes to Hakata by the fastest train
Three hours and 43 minutes to Shin-Osaka by the fastest train

Map of Kagoshima

Support

Incubation facilities operated by local governments for the purpose of supporting the development of information-related industries are available in Kagoshima City, Kanoya City, and Amami City.

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