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Sakai city

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Sakai Senboku Seaside Industrial Zone

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Innovative Investment Promotion Office, Commerce, Industry and Labor Department, Industrial Promotion Bureau

3-1 Minamikawaramachi, Sakai-ku, Sakai-city, Osaka Prefecture, 590-0078


Basic information

Population *1

830 thousand

Labor force *1

385 thousand

Nominal GDP*2

N.A.

Number of Establishments*3

30,471 establishments

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  1. *1

    Population Census 2015, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

  2. *2

    Prefectural Citizens'Economic Accounts 2016, Cabinet Office

  3. *3

    "2016 Economic Sensus", Statstics Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

Basic information updated on:Nov. 2020

Business Environment

Sakai City is home to many SMEs. Businesses have strived to enhance unique technological capabilities and proprietary brand value to survive in domestic and overseas competition and command high market shares. Another feature is the agglomeration of many companies with superior production skills, speed, and precision combined with advanced production technologies, product planning, and development capabilities.
There are also academic research institutes such as Osaka Prefectural University, Kansai University, the Sakai City Industrial Promotion Center, and comprehensive support agencies for SMEs. There are Osaka Research Institute of Industrial Science and Technology Izumi Center and other institutions in the vicinity. The City has an excellent environment to support industries.

Incentives

Tax Reduction System for Promoting Investment in Sakai City (industrial zones)

Tax reduction
Capital investment

This system aims to attract new investment to areas suitable for manufacturing to increase employment and business opportunities, thereby contributing to the industry's sustainable development and improving citizens' lives.
[Target business]
Establishment, expansion, or transfer of the following specific business facilities (*buildings and ancillary facilities):
Plants, offices (limited to those used for the business of the manufacturing industry and the information and communications industry), research laboratories, and advanced logistics facilities (without industry restrictions)
[Target area]
Exclusively industrial zones, industrial zones, quasi-industrial zones
[Main requirements]
Fixed assets investment of 100 million yen or more for SMEs, and 1 billion yen or more for large enterprises
[Details of preferential treatment]
<Reduced tax items> Fixed asset tax (buildings and depreciable properties), city planning tax (buildings), and business office tax (per-property levy)
<Reduction period> Up to 5 years
<Reduction rate> 1/2 to 2/3
* For more details, visit our websites related to incentive programs via the link below.

Tax Reduction System for Promoting Investment in Sakai City (urban zones)

Tax reduction
Research and development

This system aims to attract new investment to urban centers and expand employment and business opportunities, thereby contributing to the industry's sustainable development and improving people's lives.
[Target business]
Establishment, expansion, or transfer of the following specific business facilities:
offices, research centers (without industry restrictions)
[Target Area]
The urban area, Nakamozu area, and Senboku New Town area.
[Main requirements]
Fixed assets investment of 1 billion yen or more. (100 million yen or more for establishing or expanding headquarters or research laboratories, or transferring them from outside the city).
[Details of preferential treatment]
<Reduced tax items> Fixed asset tax (buildings and depreciable properties), city planning tax (buildings), and business office tax (per-property levy).
<Reduction period> Up to 5 years. <Reduction rate> 1/2 to 3/4.
*For more information, visit our website related to incentive programs via the links below.

Subsidy for Promoting the Establishment of Offices: Urban Areas

Subsidies

Sakai City provides subsidies to cover part of the rent to companies (corporations or sole proprietorships) that establish offices in designated areas, mainly in the City's urban area.
<Target business>
Companies (including foreign-affiliated companies) opening new offices that fulfill both conditions (a) and (b) below:
(a) Companies that conduct one of the following businesses under the Japan Standard Industrial Classification.
Industrial support functions: Manufacturing, electricity, gas and heat supply, information and communications, transport, wholesaling, banking, insurance, etc.
Intellectual property functions: academic research, professional and technical services. International functions: Foreign public services.
Educational functions: school education, etc.
(b) Enterprises that meet both requirements 1 and 2 below:
1. 10 or more full-time employees in the office.
2. Total office floor area of 100 sqm or more.
<Subsidy details>
30% of the office rent (excluding common area maintenance fees, etc.) An extra 10% subsidy rate applies to special cases for foreign-affiliated companies.
<Subsidy Limit> 5 million
<Subsidy Period> 36 months
*For details, visit our website related to incentive programs via the links below.

Industrial cluster information

Low Carbon/Environmental Energy Industries

We are achieving substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by promoting energy conservation by advanced and innovative technologies and diversifying energy sources, including renewable energy such as large-scale solar power and biomass fuel and next-generation energy production technologies.

Local companies

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Educational/research institutes of the industry

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Living environment

The City's consultants provide advice on day-to-day matters, administrative information, and other lifestyle consultations to residents, workers, and international students enrolled in the City. For details, visit the following website. http://www.city.sakai.lg.jp/shisei/kokusai/suishin/kyosei/seikatsu/seikatsu_sodan.html

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Logistics and infrastructures

Sakai City is adjacent to Kansai International Airport and the Port of Sakai Semboku, designated as the national government's international base port. Its well-developed international transportation infrastructure provides convenient access to the Kansai region, other major Japanese cities, and the rest of the world, expanding business opportunities.

Air: Approximately 30 minutes by railway from Kansai International Airport, Approx. 50 minutes by airport limo bus and railway from Osaka International Airport (Itami Airport).
Land: Approx. 40 minutes by railway from Shin-Osaka Station.

Map of Sakai city

Support

Sakai Industry Promotion Center

[Matching Coordination]
We collect information about companies' products and technologies in the city through visits and organize business matching between companies.
We make introductions to candidate partners from more than 1300 manufacturing companies in the city.
[Industry-Academia Collaboration and Technology Development Support]
Special coordinators support business matching to utilize technology seeds from universities and public research laboratories and solve issues on new product or technology development.

Sakai Business Incubation Center (S-Cube)
As a business incubator, we lease offices and laboratories required for startups, second startups, and R&D of new products and technologies. We provide comprehensive management support for tenants, from incorporation to the commercialization of new businesses.

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