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Regional Information Fukuoka

Business Gateway to Asia, Fukuoka

Your Regional Guide : Kazuhisa Mizota

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Fukuoka Foreign Investment Promotion CenterExternal site: a new window will open.

7-7 Higashi-koen, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka 812-8577
Tel: +81-92-643-3441 Fax: +81-92-643-3443


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

Basic Information

Population *1 5.07 million
Labor force *1 2.46 million
Area (square kilometer) *2 4,986.52
GDP *3 18,861,095 million yen
Major industries Transport equipment, Electronic parts and devices, Iron and steel, Chemical products, Food and beverage
Wage *4
Initial wage for university 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 *6 232,701
Number of Employees *6 2,389,165
Offices overseas

Hong Kong / Shanghai, China / Bangkok, Thailand / San Francisco, US

JETRO office

JETRO Fukuoka

Regional Profile

Strength of the region's industries and economy

Fukuoka Prefecture has developed as an economic center for western Japan and provides an attractive environment as a business location for companies focusing on not only Japanese markets but also on those of East Asian. Its GDP exceeds US$154 billion, which is the same size as that of a medium-sized country. Furthermore, the GDP of Kyushu as a whole has reached US$408 billion, representing the 22nd place in the world. With respect to the automobile industry, in particular, Fukuoka Prefecture has grown into a major manufacturing base, boasting production capability of over 1.5 million cars annually, mainly at the leading-edge plants of Toyota, Nissan, and Daihatsu. There is also a brisk clustering of related industries, including parts-manufacturing and R&D bases.

automobile plant in Fukuoka Prefecture

Related Link
Industrial cluster, project: Fukuoka Strategy Conference for Hydrogen EnergyPDF file

Foreign company(s) operating in the industry

About 400 foreign-affiliated companies have been advancing business operations in Fukuoka Prefecture to date. Although about 40% of the companies are from North America, and about 40% are from Europe as well, an increasing number of companies have been coming from China, South Korea and other Asian nations. Many of these have established sales offices, but there are also production centers, such as plants for automobile parts and medical equipment, R&D centers, and operations with functions as a headquarters in Japan. Many of these foreign-affiliated companies play a key role in competitiveness consolidation, job creation and the globalization of the region for industries in the prefecture.

Company name MassMutualExternal site: a new window will open.
Country U.S.
Industry sector

Insurance industries

Outline of business
  • Assets management industry
  • Overseas insurance industry
Date of entry 2015, Jan
Motivation for selecting region

Aiming to establish a business framework under which we are able to continue our operation to avoid our customers becoming involved in trouble, even in the occurrence of disasters in the Tokyo area, we decided to operate business in a double structure even in peacetime, to prepare for future disasters, and to transfer main operations to the area with the lowest risk of being affected by disasters occurring in Tokyo, thereby enabling us to continue our operation in the case of any disaster hitting our Tokyo headquarters.

Support provided by local government or JETRO
  • Information provision on markets in Fukuoka Prefecture
  • Information provision on office rent

Fukuoka City provides a comfortable environment for our relocated employees, and such employees are highly pleased with the city’s environment coexisting with the nature, rich food culture, and warm-hearted local people. Convenience in the city’s living environment, such as good accessibility to the office, also attracts our employees. They feel comfortable in commuting to the office, which helps them work in a refreshed condition every day. We also have plenty of opportunities to recruit young, outstanding human resources, and such people are now exercising their potential and playing important roles in a variety of divisions.

Company name MAHLE Filter Systems Japan CorporationExternal site: a new window will open.
Country Germany
Industry sector

Manufacturing industry

Outline of business

Manufacturing automobile parts (filter and lubricant products for fuels, oil and air-conditioning)

Date of entry July 1905
Motivation for selecting region

We decided to develop business in Kyushu since the area is a location of clusters in the automobile manufacturing industries, our supply destinations, and expected future growth due to the expansion of automobile production.

Support provided by local government or JETRO

General support for plant construction

Available incentives

Fukuoka Prefecture provides consistent support for companies, including: information provision on the market and industry; laws and regulations; real estate, such as offices and factories and residences; and, human resources. It also introduces prospective business partners and provides follow-up services for companies after their relocation to the prefecture.
Under the Business Location Promotion Subsidy Program, Fukuoka Prefecture provides companies with subsidies depending on their investment amount and the size of employment, and many local governments in the prefecture also provide a variety of incentives.

Incentive name

Subsidies for Promoting Investment from Foreign Companies

Incentive type Subsidies
Incentive target industries

Manufacturing, software, information processing and provision services, industrial design, machine design, and truck cargo transport industries

Outline of Incentives (Requirements etc.)

2% of the business investment amount; 50% of the annual rent fees for business facilities, etc.; 300,000 yen of incentives per new employee
Note: These ratios vary among sectors and business location

Incentive name

Subsidy for Visit to Fukuoka

Incentive type Subsidies
Incentive target industries

Automobile, IT, semiconductor, bio, environmental, and robot industries

Outline of Incentives (Requirements etc.) Partial subsidy for travel expenses for overseas companies that intend to develop business in Fukuoka
  • From Western regions: Up to 200,000 yen per company
  • From other overseas regions: Up to 150,000 yen per company
Incentive name

Incentives to encourage establishment of its subsidiary in Japan

Incentive type Subsidies
Incentive target industries

Automobile, IT, semiconductor, bio, environmental, and robot industries

Outline of Incentives (Requirements etc.)

50% of the company registration fees in developing business in Fukuoka Prefecture, up to 150,000 yen

Related Link
Industrial location guide: Invest FukuokaExternal site: a new window will open.
Incentive: Invest Fukuoka Services and 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

The Fukuoka Foreign Investment Promotion Center provides companies that plan to invest or develop business in Fukuoka Prefecture with the following one-stop services ranging from information provision to business startup guidance:

  • Information provision on real estate, e.g., offices and residences, utilities, employment
  • Introduction of local companies as partner candidates
  • Support services ranging from the introduction of candidate sites for plants or offices to determination of locations
  • Support services for companies in a variety of registration involving company formation, in employing local staff, and in introducing a variety of experts, e.g., administrative scriveners, judicial scriveners, accountants, and interpreters.
  • Provision of business matching opportunities with local companies in Fukuoka Prefecture
  • Long-term support provision following companies’ establishment of offices in Fukuoka Prefecture

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