Regional Information

Fukuoka City

Your Regional Guide : Hideki Kanegae

Fukuoka City Concierge
  • Inquires about investment in Japan.

New Industry & Investment Promotion Department

City Hall 14F, 1-8-1 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, 810-8620 JAPAN
TEL: +81-92-711-4343   FAX: +81-92-733-5593

Fukuoka city

*If you can't find the information you need, please contact JETRO .
*Please note that inquires not regarding investment in Japan may not be answered.
*The information below is as of July 2015.

Basic Information

Population*1 1.46 million
Labor force*1 0.72 million
Area*2 342.0 km²
GDP*3 *
Major industries Services (for businesses and individuals), wholesale/retail, real estate, transport/communication, and manufacturing industries (food processing, printing/publishing, and machinery/metals)
Wage*4
Initial wage for university graduates(Average)
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Initial wage for college of technology/junior colledge graduates (Average)
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Initial wage for upper secondery school graduates (Average)
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Scheduled cash eanings (Average)
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Land price(for 1m²)*5
Land price for industrial use (Average)
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Land Price for Commercial Use (Average)
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Number of Establishments*6 75,362
Number of Employees*6 828,494
Offices overseas

China(Shanghai), Korea(Busan)

JETRO office

JETRO Fukuoka

Regional Profile

Strength of the region's industries and economy

Fukuoka City's area of influence in terms of transportation and information extends to the whole Kyushu and Yamaguchi Prefecture, which are home to a population of 15 million. It is also geographically close to the markets in China's coastal regions and Korea. Because of its intense population concentration and highly sensitive consumers, the city is attracting attention as a place for test marketing which should be conducted prior to the launch of new products or business expansion. Against the backdrop of concentration of businessea and huge consumption in the Kyushu and Yamaguchi area, wholesale and B2B (business to business) services industry comprise a large portion of the whole industry sectors in Fukuoka city. Functions to support industries located across Kyushu are accumulated in Fukuoka city.

Foreign company(s) operating in the industry

Fukuoka City has long been a popular choice among major overseas companies as the location for their Kyushu/West Japan regional headquarters. In recent years, the city has been increasingly chosen as a toehold by the East Asian companies in East Asian countries such as China and Korea entering into the Japanese market.

For more information of the overseas companies entering in Fukuoka City, please refer to "Interviews with companies established in Fukuoka" page of the Asiabiz Fukuoka portal site.
Asiabiz Fukuoka portal site: Interviews with companies established in Fukuoka To other site

Company name HUMAX Co.,LTD.
Country Korea
Industry sector

Sales of digital satellite -broadcasting-set top box, digital-cable-broadcasting-set top box, car-audio digital AV machines.

Outline of business

sales of set top boxes for digital satellite services, set top boxes for digital cable broadcasts, in-car digital audio and visual devices, etc.

Date of entry May 2011
Company name Dongil Rubber Belt Japan Co. Ltd.
Country Korea
Industry sector

Manufacture and sale of rubber transmission belts

Outline of business

Production and sales of rubber transmission belts for automobiles and industrial use

Date of entry August 2008

Available incentives

A variety of support programs are available for businesses locating in Fukuoka City, including subsidy for the office rent. Especially for the overseas companies seeking the first toehold in Japan, part of the recruiting expenses and consulting fee for the specialists necessary for the procedures of establishing a company is subsidized. Contact us before making an application, because prior consultation is prerequisite.

Incentive name

Fukuoka City Location Subsidy

Incentive type Subsidies
Incentive target industries

Knowledge-creating industry, health-/-medical-/-welfare-related industry, environment- and energy-related industry, Asian business, distribution-related, urban industry, headquarter functions, and large-scale customer attraction facilities

Outline of Incentives (Requirements etc.)

A subsidy is provided for companies newly locating offices in targeted sectors for their investment amount/renting cost depending on the target sector, region, and type of location.
<Details of subsidy>
Subsidy for acquisition

  • 30% of land acquisition value (Key areas * only)
  • 1.25%-10% of acquired valued of buildings and machinery equipment
  • Limit: 50 million -3 billion yen

* Island City, Kashii Park Port and Kyushu University-Academic City

Subsidy for renting

  • 1/6-1/3 of annual rent of buildings and machinery equipment
  • Term: 1- 4 years
  • Limit: 25 million yen -200 million yen

Subsidy for expanding into the area

  • Target: Foreign-affiliated companies expanding into Japan for the first time
  • Targeted expenses: Market research fee (commission fee), acquisition and registration fee of various types of licensing and permits, fee for interpreting and recruitment expenses
  • Subsidy amount: 1/2 of above-mentioned targeted expenses
  • Limit: 3 million yen
Incentive name

Exemption from fixed-asset tax and city planning tax

Incentive type Preferential Tax Treatment
Incentive target industries

Businesses eligible for the Green Asia Comprehensive Global Strategic Special Zone

Outline of Incentives (Requirements etc.)

Companies who meet the requirements under the "Ordinance for Promoting Fukuoka City's Green Asia Comprehensive Global Strategic Special Zone" conducting businesses related to Green Asia Comprehensive Global Strategic Special Zone and designated as a company of Fukuoka City are eligible for exemption from fixed-asset tax and city planning tax for premises and machinery equipment newly acquired for Special Zone business uses
<Details of Exemption>

  • 3 years of exemption from fixed-asset tax (tax rate 1.4%) on buildings and its affiliated facilities, constructions, and machinery equipment and city planning tax (tax rate 0.3%)

<Conditions>

  • Fixed-asset value of buildings and their affiliated facilities, constructions of 100 million yen or more, 10 million yen or more of machinery equipment
  • Fixed assets acquired between the date designated as Fukuoka City's designated company and March 31st, 2016
  • Employment of full-time workers when starting business

Services for investment in Japan

Providing market information Advice on the matters related to entering into Japanese market
Support for establishing a base Consultation on the matters related to establishing a Japanese base, Provision of facilities including a incubation office

Following the example of the national government's INVEST JAPAN (comprehensive and centralized point of contact for companies directly investing in Japan), Fukuoka City established a one-stop service for administrative procedures for overseas companies locating in Fukuoka. It transmits information about the City's investment climate and provides support for companies coming to Fukuoka.

Support service

Database of candidate partners

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