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Regional Information Fukuoka City

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Business Startup & Ibvestment Promotion DepartmentExternal site: a new window will open.

City Hall 14F, 1-8-1 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, 810-8620
Tel: +81-92-711-4849 Fax: +81-92-733-5901

Fukuoka city

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The information below is as of November 2017. (Basic Information: September 2018)

Basic Information

Population *1 1.58 million
Labor force *1 0.72 million
Area (square kilometer)*2 343.39
GDP *3 7,656,200 million yen
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)
Initial wage for college of technology/junior colledge graduates (Average)
Initial wage for upper secondery school graduates (Average)
Scheduled cash eanings (Average)
Land price(for 1square meter) *5
Land price for industrial use (Average)
Land Price for Commercial Use (Average)
Number of Establishments *6 80,056
Number of Employees *6 908,807
Offices overseas

China(Shanghai), Korea(Busan)

JETRO office

JETRO Fukuoka

Regional Profile

Strength of the region's industries and economy

Fukuoka City's sphere of influence in terms of transportation and information extends to the whole Kyushu and Yamaguchi Prefectures, which contain a population of 15 million. It is also geographically close to markets in China's coastal regions and Korea. Because of its population concentration and highly sensitive consumers, the city is attracting attention as a location for test marketing prior to the decision on nationwide sales of new products or business expansion. Motivated by the volume of business and consumption in the Kyushu and Yamaguchi area, wholesale and B2B services comprise a large portion and the supportive functions for the industries in the whole Kyushu are concentrated here.

Related Link
Industrial cluster, project: Organization for Promotion Academic City by Kyushu UniversityExternal site: a new window will open.
Industrial cluster, project: Kyushu Semiconductor & Electronics Technology Innovation AssociationExternal site: a new window will open.
Industrial cluster, project: Fukuoka-city IoT ConsortiumExternal site: a new window will open.

Foreign company(s) operating in the industry

Fukuoka City has long been a popular choice among major foreign 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 foreign companies entering in Fukuoka City, see "Interviews with companies established in Fukuoka" page of the Asiabiz Fukuoka portal site.

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Company name TOMATO GRASSESExternal site: a new window will open.
Country Korea
Industry sector

manufacturer and sales

Outline of business

glasses for babies and kids

Date of entry October 2014
Motivation for selecting region
Support provided by local government or JETRO
Company name ZNSHINE PV JAPAN External site: a new window will open.
Country China
Industry sector

Sales of PV module

Outline of business

(China) Import, sales of PV module produced by ZNSHINE PV-TECH and sales of materials and components

Date of entry October, 2014
Motivation for selecting region
  • Convenient location for logistics management
    (Shortest lead time between Fukuoka and Shanghai)
  • Core city of Western Japan
    (Covering the western Japan market)
Support provided by local government or JETRO
Support for Business Establishment
  • Consultation in Chinese's
  • Introduction of real-estate
  • Specialist introduction (Administrative scrivener, etc.)
  • Fukuoka City's support program for business establishment
  • PR activities support for new business establishment
    (Press release,Participation in founding party )

It did take long time to enter Japanese market because our company is specialized in photovoltaic power generation business that required us to fully understand Japanese regulations especially in terms of electricity and construction. At present, with the knowledge of regulations unique to Japan our company's domestic sales totaled 100MW in the past two years.

Available incentives

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

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, Global business, distribution-related, urban industry, headquarter functions, call centers and others

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

  • 2.5%-10% of land acquisition value (Key areas * only)
  • 2.5%-10% of acquired valued of buildings and machinery equipment
  • Limit: 100 million yen- 1 billion yen

* Island City, Kashii Park Port and Kyushu University Academin City

Subsidy for renting

  • 1/8-1/3 of annual rent of buildings and machinery equipment
  • Term: 1- 2 years
  • Limit: 15 million yen - 100 million yen

Subsidy for employment

  • 50 thousand yen-500 thousand yen per person
  • Limit: 50 million yen

Subsidy for incorporation expenses(for foreignaffiliated companies)

  • Targeted expenses: Market research fee (commission fee), acquisition and registration fee of various types of licensing and permits, fee for interpreting etc.
  • Subsidy amount: 1/2 of above-mentioned targeted expenses
  • Limit: 3 million yen
Incentive name

Green Asia Comprehensive Global Strategic Special Zone

Incentive type Prefential 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%)
  • Fixed-asset value of buildings and their affiliated facilities, constructions of 100 million yen or more, 10 million yen or more of machinery equipment,5 million yen or more of tools、equipment and fixtures
  • Fixed assets acquired between the date designated as Fukuoka City's designated company and March 31st, 2018
  • Employment of full-time workers when starting business
Incentive name

Taxation System to Reinforce Regional Bases

Incentive type Preferential Tax Treatment
Incentive target industries

Headquarter functions

Outline of Incentives (Requirements etc.)

Business operators who are certified as provided in 2 of Article 17 of the Local Revitalization Act who fulfil the requirements of “Fukuoka City Ordinance on the Promotion of the Development of Head Office Function in the Region for Improved Local Vibrancy,” are eligible for preferential tax treatment on residential buildings, structural objects, machine equipment, or land (hereinafter referred to as the Buildings, etc.) used for the head office function newly obtained.

Details of exemption
  • Fixed asset tax rate of the Buildings, etc. (ordinarily 1.4%) is lowered as follows:

First year: 0% (tax exempted)
Second year: 0.35% (1/4 taxation)
Third year: 0.7% (1/2 taxation)

  • Head office function development plan (Development Plan of Facilities for Certain Service in the Region for Improved Local Vibrancy) being certified by Fukuoka City mayor by March 31, 2018.
  • The total of the acquisition value of the Buildings, etc. and equipment and devices used for the head office function newly obtained is 38 million yen (19 million yen in the case of small and medium-sized enterprises).
Related Link
Industrial location guide: AsiaBiz FukuokaExternal site: a new window will open.
Incentive: Fukuoka Asia Business Portal Site Investment incentivesExternal site: a new window will open.

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 foreign companies locating in Fukuoka. It transmits information about the City's investment climate and provides support for companies coming to Fukuoka.

Support service

Related Link

Database of candidate partners