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Industrial Location Development Division,Bureau of Industrial Location Promotion,Departmnt of Economic Affairs,Hokkaido Government

Kita 3-jo Nishi 6-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-city, Hokkaido Prefecture 060-8588
Tel: +81-11-231-4111 Fax: +81-11-232-2139


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The information below is as of January 2017.

Basic Information

Population *1 5.38 million
Labor force *1 2.40 million
Area *2 83,424.3 km²
GDP *3 18,268,793 million yen
Major industries Food products; pulp, paper and paper products; oil or coal products; iron and steel; transport equipment
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 1m²) *5
Land price for industrial use (Average)
Land Price for Commercial Use (Average)
Number of Establishments *6 242,432
Number of Employees *6 2,159,641
Offices overseas

Shanghai, China /Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russian Federation / Seoul, South Korea / Singapore

JETRO office

JETRO Hokkaido

Regional Profile

Strength of the region's industries and economy

Hokkaido is a region advancing the cluster for the manufacturing industry, in particular, spurring a dramatic expansion in the local concentration of automotive and electronic parts companies. In the food-related industry, there are more resource-centered locations where the food resources produced in Hokkaido are manufactured there. Moreover, there is a trend in encouraging Hokkaido to be a cluster region for super low-power consumption-type data centers that take advantage of the island’s snowy and cold climate in advancing the concentration of measures to reduce energy consumption for cooling purposes at data centers. Hokkaido is also the site of one of Japan's leading biotechnology clusters.

Foreign company(s) operating in the industry

Against the backdrop to the rich human resource ground in the field of information, the Japanese arm of the global management consulting firm Accenture established its system development center in Sapporo in 2006. With the low risk of natural disasters and ease of recruiting, the Japanese arm of a French insurance/asset management group, AXA established its Sapporo Headquarters in 2014, and US-based American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus (commonly called “Aflac”) embarked on business in Sapporo in 2016, both of which aimed to diversify risks in its headquarters' functions.

Available incentives

The Government of Hokkaido has established the Hokkaido Code on Industrial Promotion, which aims to encourage businesses to locate branches in the prefecture. Subsidies are available for automotive-related industries, electrical and electronics manufacturing industries, food industries, plant factories, new-energy industries and data center industries of a value up to 1.5 billion yen (for automotive-related industries). Moreover, subsidies of up to 10 million yen were also available in 2014 for transferring headquarters’ functions.

Related Link
Industrial location guide: Hokkaido Business Location GuidebookExternal site: a new window will open.