Regional Information Fukuoka City

Fukuoka, an Asian Business Hub - Fukuoka,Gateway to Asia -

Your Regional Guide : Noriyuki Osanai

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

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The information below is as of July 2015.

Knowledge-creating industries

(Related sectors: ICT, Others, Servicies)

Attractive features

Well-reputed as a town rich in young talent and as a good town to work in, a cluster of creative-related industries is progressing with a focus on digital content industries including video games, fashion, design, movies, and music.

Principal Japanese companies in the industry
  • LEVEL-5 Inc.
  • CyberConnect2 Co., Ltd.
  • MontBlanc pictures Co.,Ltd.,
  • Nulab Inc.
Principal foreign companies in the industry

LINE Corporation, Amazon Japan G.K.

Major education/research institutes of the industry

Kyushu University Faculty of Design, Kyushu Sangyo University Faculty of Information Science, Fukuoka Institute of Technology Faculty of Information Engineering, etc.

Major industry cluster plans, special zones and industry-government-academia collaboration of the industry

Fukuoka Game Promotion Industry Agency
* The first industry-academia-government organization in the game industry * Founded in 2006 by GFF (of which 11 game-related companies in the city are members), Kyushu University, and Fukuoka City.

Creative Lab Fukuoka
*A private organization founded in January 2013 by industry-academia-government coordination for the purpose of establishing "Creative Entertainment City, Fukuoka"

Physical distribution industry

(Related sectors: Service)

Attractive features

The entire area of Fukuoka Prefecture in Kyushu enjoys proximity to East Asia including China and Korea, and has production shipment value of 21.5 trillion yen and international trade (including both exports and imports) of 4 trillion yen.

Principal companies

Virtually all of Japan's major physical distribution firms, trading companies, and manufacturers maintain wholesale sales bases in Kyushu area.

Principal Japanese companies in the industry

Most major physical distribution firms maintain Kyushu branch offices in Fukuoka. In addition, the following distinctive companies are based in Fukuoka:

  • Shanghai Super Express Co., Ltd. (A high-speed cargo shipping service connecting Fukuoka and Shanghai in 26 hours)
  • West Japan Railway Company (A pioneer of the air cargo business)
Principal foreign companies in the industry
  • Camellia Line Co.,Ltd.
  • Evergreen Shipping Agency (Japan) Corporation
Major education/research institutes of the industry
  • Kyushu Economic Research Center
  • Fukuoka Asian Urban Research Center
Major industry cluster plans, special zones and industry-government-academia collaboration of the industry
Industry cluster plans

Cluster plans have been designated by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) covering the semiconductor and environmental recycling industries.
Fukuoka City and Fukuoka Prefectural governments have developed original cluster plans for the semiconductor design and automobile-related industries.

Special Zones for Structural Reform (the Special Asian Business Zone- physical distribution industries)
Loans available to private companies to establish dedicated port terminals. Shortened limitation period for the transfer of property rights over designated reclaimed land.

Designing/development of semiconductor/system LSI

(Related sectors: Electronics, ICT)

Attractive features Fukuoka City is becoming the center of system LSI design and development, thanks to the concentration of semiconductor related industries in Kyushu.
Principal Japanese companies in the industry
  • JM TECHNOLOGY INC.
  • logic research
Principal foreign companies in the industry
  • ALDETE CORPORATION
  • EVGroup
Major education/research institutes of the industry

<Institute of Systems, Information Technologies and Nanotechnologies (ISIT)>
It is a core research institute studying the system information technologies in the Fukuoka SRP Center, which is the center of information-related industries. It focuses on the research that links the elemental technology of system LSIs to a social system or living.

<Fukuoka Institute of System LSI Design Industry>
It is an institute that comprehensively supports human resource development, R&D, and business expansion in terms of LSIs.

Major industry cluster plans, special zones and industry-government-academia collaboration of the industry

A Kyushu Silicon Cluster Plan is promoted through the industry-government-academia collaboration to create an industrial cluster in Kyushu. A Silicon Sea-belt Fukuoka Project is promoted by Fukuoka Prefecture to build a design/development base serving as a leader of Asia.

  • Fukuoka Institution to actualize the fruits of research, operated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
  • Kyushu Embedded Software Technology Consortium
  • An organization designed for the industry-government-academia collaboration, aiming at establishing the base for embedded software development.