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Regional Information Gifu

Gifu, aiming to become the largest center for the aerospace industry in Asia

Your Regional Guide : Aya Osawa

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Business Investment Promotion DiVisionExternal site: a new window will open.

2-1-1Yabuta-minami,Gifu-city,Gifu Prefecture 500-8570
Tel: 81-58-272-8372Fax: 81-58-278-2659


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The information below is as of January 2017.

Basic Information

Population*1 2.03 million
Labor force*1 1.04 million
Area*2 10,621.3 km²
GDP*3 7,119,761 million yen
Major industries Transportation equipment and machinery (automobiles, aircraft), general machinery, machinery and metals, electrical machinery, food products
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 1m²)*5
Land price for industrial use (Average)
Land Price for Commercial Use (Average)
Number of Establishments*6 104,946
Number of Employees*6 882,086
Offices overseas

Shanghai, China

JETRO office


Regional Profile

Strength of the region's industries and economy

Gifu Prefecture is a member of the Greater Nagoya Initiative (GNI). It has a robust manufacturing industry which ships a great volume  of transportation equipment and machinery, general equipment and machinery, electrical equipment and machinery, plastics and more. It is home to a large number of technologically sophisticated small and medium-sized companies and possesses a diverse range of knowledge which gives it its manufacturing strength. Furthermore, 21 cities of Gifu are assigned as Special Zone to Create Asia No.1 Aerospace Industrial Cluster and they are aiming to be an Asia's largest and strongest cluster in the aerospace industry.

Foreign company(s) operating in the industry

Gifu's Seki City has the largest shipment value of its signature products, knives in Japan. Because of the advanced technological environment for knife manufacturing, companies such as Zwilling J.A. Henckels have expanded into the area. Amazon Japan Logistic has a large logistics center in Tajimi City which has advantageous well-developed transport infrastructure.

Company name Leatherman Tool Group.,IncExternal site: a new window will open.
Country USA
Industry sector

Import and wholesale of American-made, multifunctional tools

Outline of business

Since 1983, Leatherman Tool Group., Inc. has been creating tools to support your active life (American multifunction tools) .

Date of entry 1986
Motivation for selecting region

Our business partner had been doing business in this area when we started to consider advancing into Japan.
Seki City is a knife city with the advanced manufacturing skill to match to our requirements


Although there are geographical disadvantages in setting up in Gifu's Seki City compared to Tokyo, we devised a set of strategies to overcome thesedisadvantages. One strategy is to promote PR activities via the Internet and other means. We listen to the opinions and requests from consumers to develop new products. Another strategy is to build consumer confidence in our quality.

Company name NIHON HYDRO-PAC,INCExternal site: a new window will open.
Country USA
Industry sector

Import and sales of American-made, high-pressure, specialized equipment

Outline of business

We provide good quality, high performance, high-pressure instruments for a variety of fields.

Date of entry 1987
Motivation for selecting region

Our representative Director is from Gifu.Gifu is located at an geographically preferable place which gives us an easy access to anywhere in Japan. It gives a great advantage to our company which makes business trips frequently across the country. There is no sea front in Gifu. Although Gifu doesn't have maritime transportation system, there is no problem in ferrying products and transport them by land. Daily living expenses are cheap. The beautiful scenery and vibrant natural environment make life enjoyable.


We established a company in Japan because we did not consider it appropriate to do import and sales operation without providing any after-sales service. We started out with only a few people and have steadily grown to the point where we are getting feel cramped. We are to move into the city. Sometimes we find it difficult to explain to the headquarters about Japanese business customs.

Company name NBK Zimmer, Inc.
Country Germany
Industry sector

Development, manufacturing and sales of machinery components

Outline of business

We develop and sell clamp parts that fix linear guides to machine tools.

Date of entry January,2010
Motivation for selecting region

It is necessary for us to tap into new demand and expand our markets in the ICT-related and green energy-related sectors which are the prospective growth areas in Japan, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan and China. To achieve that goal, it is indispensable to establish a development, manufacturing and sales base in Japan which is located at the center (near the center) of these East Asian markets.


Our company is aiming to further develop markets in the promising areas in middle-to long- term, including the ICT sector (semiconductor manufacturing equipment, flat panel display manufacturing equipment, etc.) and the green energy sector (solar panel manufacturing equipment, etc.).

Available incentives

Subsidy Measures
Up to 1 billion yen is available in the form of the “Gifu Business Promotion Program Subsidy” to companies expanding their operations into Gifu.

Preferential Treatment
Companies acquiring production facilities of more than a designated value within designated regions in the prefecture are exempted from fixed-property tax.

GNI Company Startup Support Program
Financial support is provided for startup expenses up to 500,000 yen for the foreign affiliated companies of more than 50% capital ownership by foreign companies and are going to locate in the Greater Nagoya region.

Incentive name

Gifu Business Promotion Program Subsidy

Incentive type Subsidies
Incentive target industries Factory, R&D center, Software business, Call center, Data center, Plant factory etc.
Outline of Incentives (Requirements etc.)

Up to 1 billion yen subsidy

Incentive name

Gifu prefecture's subsidy to attract businesses to a large-sized vacant factory

Incentive type Subsidies
Incentive target industries

Factory, Logistics center, R&D center, Software business, Call center, Data center, etc.

Outline of Incentives (Requirements etc.)

Up to 1 billion yen subsidy is available in case a company utilizes a large-sized vacant factory.

Incentive name

Preferential treatment based on Business Location Promotion Act

Incentive type Preferential Tax Treatment
Incentive target industries


Outline of Incentives (Requirements etc.)

Low interest loan system by a Japan finance corporation
Exemption from fixed-property tax

Incentive name

GNI Business Start-up Support Program

Incentive type Others
Incentive target industries

Foreign-affiliated company

Outline of Incentives (Requirements etc.)

Financial support for costs of procedural requirements including registration  for establishing the company(up to 500,000 yen)

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 GNIC provides “one-stop” service for companies developing business or establishing facilities in the GN area; information about specific areas, surveys, PR, invitations, arranging business meetings, and assistance for expansion into this area are provided.

Database of candidate partners

  • Gifu Economic and Industrial Promotion CenterExternal site: a new window will open.

    Data of equipment and the strong area of business of 2,890 companies registered are searchable.

  • GNI Partners ClubExternal site: a new window will open.

    The GNI Partners Club, run by GNI, supports the aims of GNI and is made up of approximately 500 businesses, universities, research institutions and others in the greater Nagoya area that wish to partner with foreign firms.
    The search function offered by this club provides a major boost in helping foreign firms participating in GNI to find business partners in the area. GNI creates opportunities for and support with corporate matching.
    As a result, new business within the region is created, and through the use of the Overseas Company Invitation Program, there have been numerous examples of overseas firms and local businesses and others joining together to develop new business.