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Regional Information Hyogo

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Hyogo-Kobe Investment Support CenterExternal site: a new window will open.

Kobe Commerce, Industry and Trade Center Building 4F
1-14 Hamabe-dori5, Chuo-ku, Kobe-city, Hyogo Prefecture 651-0083
Tel: +81-78-271-8401 Fax: +81-78-271-8403


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

Basic Information

Population *1 5.59 million
Labor force *1 2.66 million
Area (square kilometer)*2 8,400.94
GDP *3 20,494,996million yen
Major industries Manufacturing, service, real estate, wholesale, retail, transport
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 *6 237,177
Number of Employees *6 2,386,185
Offices overseas

State of Washington, US / Western Australia, Australia / Paris, France / Parana, Brazil / Hong Kong

JETRO office


Regional Profile

Strength of the region's industries and economy

Hyogo Prefecture has a broad spectrum of industrial clusters from heavy industries and SMEs with outstanding technologies and expertise to locally based industries. Big businesses with competitive edge in the global market and various surrounding manufacturing companies have been driving the prefectural economy. Additionally, SPring-8, a synchrotron radiation facility and X-ray free electron laser (SACLA) and a supercomputer 'K' are located here providing a research foundation for creating advanced innovations.

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Industrial cluster, project: Kobe Biomedical Innovation ClusterExternal site: a new window will open.

Foreign company(s) operating in the industry

Hyogo Prefecture and its principal city, Kobe have history as pioneers of Japan's globalization and foreign communities and networks with the rest of the world have been developed in this area.
Number of foreign and foreign-affiliated companies with their headquarters in Hyogo: approx. 78(Procter & Gamble Japan, KK., Nestlé Japan, Ltd., Ely Lilly Japan, KK., etc.)
4th largest number of all prefectures in Japan (Source: “Directory of Foreign-affiliated Companies, 2016,” Toyo Keizai Shinpo Sha)

Company name AIRBUS HELICOPTERS JAPAN CO., LTD.External site: a new window will open.
Country France, Germany
Industry sector
  • Research and development of on-board equipment for helicopters
  • Sales of AIRBUS HELICOPTERS-brand helicopters and related equipment
  • Maintenance, repair, remodeling, and engineering of helicopters
  • Training of pilots and mechanics
Date of entry Apr-12
Motivation for selecting region
  • Cooperation from the local government
  • Kobe's land that cultivated aeroplane- and vessel-related industry and has many companies seeking to expand into the airline industry
Support provided by local government or JETRO

Support from the Location Promotion Project for Promotion as an Asian Business Center

Company name DHL Global Forwarding Japan K.K.
Country Germany
Industry sector

Sea transportation, air transportation, complex transportation, import/export custom clearance, project cargo, warehouse management, etc.

Date of entry Apr-14
Motivation for selecting region
  • Solid transportation/port infrastructure of Kobe City
  • Global transportation is in high demand in Kobe City
Support provided by local government or JETRO Application of office rent assistance for foreign-affiliated companies provided by the Hyogo Prefectural and Kobe Municipal Governments.

Available incentives

As a support for companies that are establishing business operations, JETRO provides 1) reduction of corporate business tax, (2) assistance to new local employers and office rents, etc.
Since 2016, JETRO has been assisting in the cost of market research and corporate registration expenses, etc. as an aid to the establishment.
In addition, the Hyogo-Kobe Investment Support Center was established as one-stop services for starting new businesses into the Hyogo area and JETRO Kobe provides office for preparation for free.

Incentive name

Reduction of corporate enterprise tax

Incentive type Tax incentives
Incentive target industries

Location Promotion Business

Outline of Incentives (Requirements etc.)

International Economic Zones
Reduction Rate: 1/35 years
Requirements: with a total floor space of 3,000 square meters

Incentive name

Office rent subsidy

Incentive type Subsidies
Incentive target industries

Location Promotion Business

Outline of Incentives (Requirements etc.)

Subsidy rate: within 1/2
Amount limit: 2 million yen/year, 1,500 yen/square meter/month
Duration: Within 3 years

Incentive name

Employment subsidy

Incentive type Subsidies
Incentive target industries

Location Promotion Business

Outline of Incentives (Requirements etc.)

Supplementary amount: 300,000 yen/person for new regular workers
Amount limit: JPY 300 million
Requirements: More than 11 people for new regular employees

Incentive name

Establishment support subsidy for foreign-affiliated companies

Incentive type Subsidies
Incentive target industries

Location Promotion Business

Outline of Incentives (Requirements etc.)

Subsidy rate: within 1/2
Amount Limit: Market research expenses 1 million yen, corporate registration expenses, etc. 200,000 yen

Services for investment in Japan

Providing market information Advice on the matters related to entering into Japanese market
Support for establishing a base Provision of facilities including a incubation office

As an one-stop service institution for Japanese and overseas companies looking to expand into the region, the Hyogo-Kobe Investment Support Center offers all the necessary information for investing in Hyogo and Kobe, such as regional overviews, economic status and industrial parks. The center also provides investing companies with necessary business and lifestyle support and advice on legal permission procedures, as well as introducing various support agencies as required.

Database of candidate partners

  • "HYOGO-Kobe, Best Portal Zone" List of partner companiesExternal site: a new window will open.

    The Hyogo-Kobe Best Portal Zone website provides a database listing potential partner companies by industry, with an easy-to-read description on the kind of transactions they are hoping for. Furthermore, through the six “bests” that Hyogo Prefecture and Kobe City offer, the zone provides appropriate support for foreign and foreign-affiliated companies setting up a business in the area. The website introduces the prefecture's and city's unique features and support systems and make tailored suggestions on recommended districts and facilities to suit the needs of the client company.