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Onsen Prefecture Oita

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Oita Prefecture, manufacturing center of automobiles, semiconductors, and precision machinery

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3-1-1 Ohtemachi, Oita-City, 870-8501


Basic information

Population *1

1166 thousand

Labor force *1

572 thousand

Nominal GDP*2


Number of Establishments*3

54,443 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

Oita Prefecture boasts well-balanced industrial development in various fields, including iron and steel, oil, chemistry, semiconductors, electricity, automobiles, and precision instruments. In particular, the automobile manufacturer's entry into Oita in 2004 has created clusters of more than 100 related companies. In recent years, Oita has focused on fostering next-generation industries by integrating its strengths, such as medical care, application technologies of electromagnetism, and hot-spring heat.
Also, it serves as the gateway to the east of Kyushu, serving as the base point for the high-speed transport network covering the entire Kyushu area and air and ocean routes connecting with the Kansai and Kanto regions.


Subsidy of Oita Prefecture for promotion of establishment of enterprises


Requirements: Capital investment of 300 million yen or more and 10 or more new local employees
Amount of subsidy: 3% of capital investment + number of employees times 500,000 yen (as for depopulated areas, 800,000 yen per employee)
Upper limit: 300 million yen

Subsidy for promotion of large-scale investment in Oita Prefecture


Requirements: Capital investment of 8 billion yen or more and 80 or more new employees

Amount of subsidy:
Company with 100 or more employees: 5% of capital investment
Company with 80 to 100 employees: 5% of capital investment times the number of employees divided by 100

Upper limit:
Company with 300 or more new employees: 3 billion yen
Company with 200 or more new employees: 2 billion yen
Company with less than 200 new employees: 1 billion yen

Subsidy for promoting establishment of office business in Oita Prefecture


Requirements: 10 or more new local employees (30 or more in Oita City)

Amount of subsidy:
200,000 yen (as for companies in Oita City, 100,000 yen) times the number of new employees (for 3 years)
10% of the acquisition cost of land and buildings
1/3 of office rent (for 3 years)
10% of investment in fixed assets
10% of business system fees (for 3 years)
1/2 of communication line fees (for 3 years)
Travel expenses for human resource development (fixed amount) (for 3 years)

Upper limit: 280 million yen

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Industrial cluster information

Automotive-related industries

Daihatsu Kyushu Co., Ltd. and many car assembly manufacturers and primary parts manufacturers have established operations in the northern part of Kyushu, making it one of Japan's leading automobile production bases. In Oita, numerous companies, such as parts suppliers, have entered the automobile-related industry.
Oita prefecture collaborates with the Oita Prefecture Automobile-Related Companies Association, car assembly companies, and primary parts companies to support businesses in the prefecture to improve their technological capabilities, expand businesses, and develop human resources.

Local companies

Daihatsu Motor Kyushu Co., Ltd., Marelli-Kyushu, YOROZU Corporation

Educational/research institutes of the industry

Oita Institute of Technology


The Oita Prefecture Automobile Industry Association

Semiconductor-related industries

Many major semiconductor manufacturers have established operations in the prefecture, and local companies have entered the back-end process of semiconductors and manufacturing equipment. Consequently, the region has become one of the largest clusters of semiconductor-related industries in Japan. We have established the Oita Prefectural LSI Cluster Formation Promotion Council through industry-academia-government collaboration. We are working to develop R&D, human resources, and sales channels for domestic and overseas markets.

Local companies

Oita Plant of Japan Semiconductor Corporation, Oita TEC of Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation, Amkor Technology Japan

Educational/research institutes of the industry

Oita Industrial Research Institute


Oita LSI Cluster Promotion Council

Foodstuff preparation industry

The food industry (food and beverages) accounts for the largest share of the manufacturing industry in Oita Prefecture in terms of both the number of business establishments and the number of employees.
The prefecture helps food processing businesses meet market needs from inside and outside the prefecture adequately by acquiring sales channels through support for the introduction of original HACCP, business matching, product development, and human resources development.

Local companies

Kyushu Hita Brewery, Sapporo Breweries, Ltd., Meisui Bijin Factory Co., Ltd.

Educational/research institutes of the industry

Oita Industrial Research Institute




Living environment

In response to the increase in international students and foreign workers, Oita Prefecture works to improve the environment for realizing a symbiotic society with non-Japanese.
For example, foreign nationals will likely have various questions and concerns about their living and work. Accordingly, the prefectural government has established the Oita Information & Support Center to respond to inquiries via contacts, telephone calls, e-mails, etc., in English and other 17 languages.
HP https://www.oitaplaza.jp/english/center_about

International schools
Hospitals with foreign language support

Logistics and infrastructures

As the gateway to the eastern Kyushu, Oita Prefecture serves as the base of the high-speed transport network covering Kyushu and domestic and overseas air and ocean routes.
In particular, the Oita Ozai container terminal is the largest hub port in Kyushu. It provides access to ports in China and Southeast Asia as well as other parts of the world through transshipment at the world's hub ports, such as Busan and Shanghai, and Keelung, Kaohsiung, and Kobe.

To Kitakyusyu: About 1 hour 20 minutes
To Fukuoka: About 2 hours

To Tokyo (Haneda Airport): About 85 minutes
To Tokyo (Narita Airport): About 95 minutes
To Osaka (Itami Airport): About 55 minutes
To Nagoya (Chubu Airport): About 60 minutes

To Osaka: About 3 hours 50 minutes (using Shinkansen and limited express trains)
To Hakata: About 2 hours (using limited express trains via Kokura Station)
To Kokura: About 1 hours 20 minutes (using limited express trains)


Map of Oita


When considering business development in Oita Prefecture, please inquire on any matters, including real estate information, recruiting, matching with local companies, and information about subsidies. We will welcome you to Japan's best hospitality. Oita Prefectural government provides one-stop services and follow-up systems in cooperation with municipalities and related organizations.

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