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Business Establishment Division, Department of Industry and Labor

3-15-1 Takasago Urawa-ku, Saitama-city, Saitama Prefecture, 330-9301


Basic information

Population *1

7266 thousand

Labor force *1

3639 thousand

Nominal GDP*2

23,254.1 billion yen

Number of Establishments*3

250,834 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

Saitama Prefecture is home to about 27,000 manufacturing establishments, ranking it sixth nationwide in terms of value of shipments of manufactured products. In addition, there are a variety of companies with advanced technological capabilities, such as castings and molds in Kawaguchi City and optical equipment in Saitama City. Gross prefectural product is the fifth largest in the country, at 23,431.1 billion yen (FY2017). It is located in the center of a large market in the metropolitan area, which occupies more than one-third of the population of about 44 million Japanese.

Incentives

Saitama Prefecture subsidy for promotion of establishment of enterprises

Subsidies

To promote the establishment of enterprises that contribute to the revitalization of local economies and job creation, subsidies worth the real estate acquisition tax (up to a maximum of 100 million yen) are provided to businesses that establish factories, etc., in the prefecture.

Saitama Prefecture Industrial Location Fund (Loan Scheme)

Others

A loan at an interest rate determined by the prefectural government for enterprises establishing headquarter functions, factories, and logistics facilities in the prefecture (up to 2 billion yen for up to 15 years).

Various support measures based on the Regional Future Investment Promotion Act

Tax reduction
Capital investment

Businesses that prepare and submit a "plan for a project to lead and invigorate the regional economy" under Saitama Prefecture's basic plan and approved by the prefecture and confirmed by the national government can utilize various support measures, including tax reduction measures (special depreciation or tax credits) for capital investment.

Industrial cluster information

Food and related products

Ranks No. 2 nationwide in terms of total shipments and No. 1 nationwide in value-added (food products industry). Companies that produce a wide range of items agglomerate against the backdrop of their proximity to the Tokyo metropolitan market and an extensive transportation network.

Local companies

Glico Manufacturing Japan, Saitama Kikkoman, NAKAMURAYA CO.,LTD.

Educational/research institutes of the industry

Saitama Industrial Technology Center (SAITEC)

Aerospace, Automotive

It ranks seventh nationwide in terms of both shipments and value-added (transportation equipment manufacturing).
Global automakers' plants, parts manufacturers, and various SMEs that support them are based.

Local companies

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., UD Trucks Corporation, IHI Corporation

Educational/research institutes of the industry

Saitama Industrial Technology Center (SAITEC)

Medical, health, and Beauty

No. 6 nationwide in terms of the value of production (pharmaceuticals and medical devices). With the research laboratories and plants of pharmaceutical companies, there are many medical equipment manufacturers and cosmetics manufacturers with R&D capabilities.

Local companies

Taisho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Takata Seiyaku Co., Ltd., NIHON KOHDEN CORPORATION, Metan Co., Ltd. , Shiseido Company, Limited, KOSE Corporation

Educational/research institutes of the industry

Saitama Industrial Technology Center (SAITEC)

Living environment

To support foreign residents, we have established Saitama Information & Support to provide services in 11 languages (English, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, Korean, Tagalog, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Nepalese, and friendly Japanese). People looking for housing can consult with real estate agents registered with the lists of real estate agents supporting foreigners.

International schools

Logistics and infrastructures

The expressway network in the prefecture is about 240km, and the railway network is about 720km.
In October 2015, the entire Metropolitan Inter-City Expressway (Ken-O Expressway) in the prefecture opened. In February 2017, its section in Ibaraki prefecture opened, connecting Saitama with the Tohoku, Kanetsu, Chuo, Tomei, Joban, and Higashi-Kanto Expressways more conveniently.
As for the railway, the Ueno Tokyo Line opened in March 2015, and the Utsunomiya Line and Takasaki Line began direct service to Tokyo Station. About rail freight transportation, there are four cargo terminals in the prefecture: Niiza, Minami-Koshigaya, Kumagaya, and Hanyu, which provide "environmentally friendly transportation."
The Shinkansen is connected to all major cities in eastern Japan, with Omiya Station as the starting point, and Saitama is a hub for transportation covering all east Japan.
There are no snow damage and severe traffic congestion seen in the northern Kanto and Tohoku regions. Well-developed high-standard roads shorten access to expressways, enabling speedy and punctual road transport.

Air: Approx. 60 minutes by bus from Haneda Airport to Omiya, Approx. 90 minutes by bus from Narita Airport to Omiya
Railway: Approx. 30 minutes from Shinjuku to Omiya, Approximately 25 minutes from Tokyo to Omiya

Map of Saitama

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