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Regional Information Kitakyushu city

KITAKYUSHU Environment and Technology City

Your Regional Guide : Saki Nakaishi

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International Business Promotion Division, Industry and Economics BereauExternal site: a new window will open.

AIM bldg. 8th fl., 8-1, Asano 3-chome, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu City 802-0001 JAPAN
Tel: +81(93)551 3605Fax: +81(93)551 3615

Kitakyushu city

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The information below is as of January 2017.

Basic Information

Population*1 0.98 million
Labor force*1 0.46 million
Area*2 492.0 square kilometres
GDP*3 *
Major industries Steel, chemical, machinery, ceramics, and information
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 3,111
Number of Employees*6 440,603
Offices overseas

Dalian and Shanghai, China

JETRO office

JETRO Kitakyushu

Regional Profile

Strength of the region's industries and economy

Triggered by the inauguration of Yahata Iron Works in 1901 as Japan's first national-run ironworks, Kitakyushu City has been a home to many leading companies, e.g., Yasukawa Electric Corporation and TOTO Ltd. Since 1901, the city has been contributing to Japan’s modernization, in particular to the development of iron and steel, chemical, metal, ceramics, and other core industries, and also to clustering a variety of industries in the city, mainly for automobiles, semiconductors, parts and raw materials, which are the industries developed based on the results of the modernization. The city’s industrial success lies in its advantages, e.g., accessibility to other Asian countries, abundant land, secured supply of water and electricity, low investment cost, and robustness against natural disasters.

Wind Power

Foreign company(s) operating in the industry

Company name Inergy Automotive SystemsExternal site: a new window will open.
Industry sector

Manufacturing resin fuel tanks for automobiles

Date of entry November 2003
Motivation for selecting region
  • Kitakyushu City is right in the center of northern Kyushu, where many automobile manufacturers are located, and thus is suitable for the location of auto-related companies.
  • Kitakyushu City has rich technical accumulation, abundant opportunities of industry-and-academia collaboration and attractive infrastructure. Above all, the Airport-side Industrial Park offers high level of transportation convenience.
  • Kitakyushu City is internationally evaluated as a world-class environmental model city.
  • Existence of a business partners in the area · Quick and considerate responses of Kitakyushu City government
Company name The Research Pacific JapanExternal site: a new window will open.
Industry sector

Proposal and planning of marketing research

Outline of business

1. Management consulting
2. Designing, contracting, planning, and performing of marketing research as well as collection and analysis of information

Date of entry July 2003
Motivation for selecting region

Well-developed support system of Kitakyushu City

Support provided by local government or JETRO

The business support center (Startup Office) offering low rents and the possibility for long-term occupancy.

Available incentives

Well-tailored subsidy programs (incentives)

  • Subsidy for promoting establishment of companies
  • Subsidy for promoting establishment of offices
  • Financing for promoting establishment of companies
Incentive name

Subsidy Program for Promoting Establishment of Companies

Incentive target industries

Manufacturing; machine repairing; comprehensive leasing; industrial machinery/equipment leasing; office equipment leasing; software; information processing services; information providing service; advertising agency; industrial design; machine design; management consulting; engineering; display; industrial facility washing; non-destructive inspection, natural science research laboratories; loading facilities; storage facilities; distribution processing facilities

Outline of Incentives (Requirements etc.)

1. For facilities: Up to 1 billion yen
- 2% of the business investment (for SMEs in the city, 3% of expenditure on business investment; for companies that intend to buy land in the industrial park of the city, 6% of expenditure on business investment)
- 50% of the annual rent of a building, land or facility for the first fiscal year
2. For employment: No limit to subsidy amount; 300,000 yen/employee (as for short-time worker, 150,000 yen/employee)

Incentive name

Subsidy for Promoting Establishment of Offices

Incentive target industries

Companies in the following industries that intend to establish an office in the office buildings in the city, i.e., companies that intend to “newly” establish an office in the city or to establish another office in the city as a business “expanding” effort in addition to the existing office in the city
- Natural science research centers, contact centers, software industries, information processing service industries
- Information provision service industries, Internet-associated service industries

Outline of Incentives (Requirements etc.)

1. For rent: Up to 15 million yen (as for companies having an employment plan of hiring over 100 employees over 3 years after the establishment, up to 150 million yen); 50% of the annual rent of a building for 3 years
2. For employment: No limit to subsidy amount (targeting new permanent employees under the program requirements for 3 years after the establishment); limiting to the net increase in the number of the new employees per year; 300,000 yen per new permanent employee; 150,000 yen per new short-time employee
3. Requirement of employment: 10 new permanent employees (3 for companies that intend to establish an office in the city’s incubation facility)

Incentive name

Financing Program for Promoting Establishment of Companies

Incentive target industries

Manufacturing; natural science research laboratories; software; information processing services; information providing services; industrial design; machine design; engineering; comprehensive leasing; industrial machinery and equipment leasing; office equipment leasing; machine repairing; advertising agency; displaying; industrial facility washing; non-destructive inspection; management consultancy; companies having loading, storage or distribution processing facilities; telecommunications; information processing vocational schools; tourism related companies (having new or expanded land of 10,000 m2 or more); private broadcasting; cable television broadcasting

Outline of Incentives (Requirements etc.)

1. Coverage: Expenditure on: construction, e.g., land, plants and offices, including machine facilities; industrial waterworks construction; and special high-voltage power construction
2. Repayment period: Within 10 years (including 2-year grace period)
3. Amount: 80% or less of the target expenditure; up to 1 billion yen per company
4. Interest: 1.45% per annum (floating rate)

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
Kitakyushu Business Support Center (BSC)
The Center offers startup offices to foreign businesses branching out into the Japanese market. It is only five minutes away on foot from JR Kokura Station but charges low rent.

Location: 8th floor of the Asia-pacific Import Mart (AIM), 3-8-1 Asano, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu City
Term of rental: 2 years maximum
Deposit: 50,000 yen
Rent: Room for one person (10m²) 18,000 yen/month Room for two persons (14m²) 25,200 yen/month
A desk, chairs, simple reception desk and chairs, cabinet, and closet are offered free of charge.

*PCs (shared and free) and copy machines (shared and charged) are also available.

Kitakyushu Business Support Center

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