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Regional Information Kobe city

Your Regional Guide : Koji Omae

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Kobe Enterprise Promotion Bureau Foreign Investment GroupExternal site: a new window will open.

6-5-1 Kano-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe-city, Hyogo Prefecture 650-8570
Tel: +81-78-322-6216 Fax: +81-78-322-6072


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

Basic Information

Population *1 1.53 million
Labor force *1 0.72 million
Area (square kilometer) *2 312.0
GDP *3 6,591,650 million yen
Major industries General machinery, transport machinery, electric machinery, iron & steel, food products
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 1square meter) *5
Land price for industrial use (Average)
Land Price for Commercial Use (Average)
Number of Establishments *6 73,660
Number of Employees *6 776,937
Offices overseas

Seattle, US / Tianjin and Shanghai, China

JETRO office


Regional Profile

Strength of the region's industries and economy

Since its port was opened to the world in 1868, Kobe has developed as an international port city, and its cosmopolitan living environment (schools, hospitals, etc.) attracts over 40,000 foreign-nationals from 123 countries to the city. Impressed by these features, many overseas and foreign-affiliated companies have located their head offices in the city. Kobe now attracts a variety of industries, e.g., manufacturing as a strong point of Kobe, and medical care, an industry in which Kobe has been engaging to be recognized as a medical industrial city, which contributes to the formation of industrial clusters in the city.

Foreign company(s) operating in the industry

Companies from a variety of countries and regions have developed business in Kobe City, including those from European, North American and Asian countries and many of them have located their Headquarters in the city. They seem to be comfortable in the city’s working, living and accessibility environments for their employees, which are advantages for workers.

Available incentives

Subsidy programs for office rent are available for overseas companies that have established their business sites in the International Economic Site Zone and have been accredited by Hyogo Prefecture as meeting the standards as an International Economic Exchange Business.
In addition, the city provides other well-tailored subsidy programs concerning tax breaks for city taxes and business investment.

Incentive name

Subsidy Programs for Overseas and Foreign-Affiliated Companies Concerning Office Rent

Incentive type Subsidy
Incentive target industries


Outline of Incentives (Requirements etc.)

Subsidizing 1/4 or less rent, 750 yen/m2 per month; up to 10 million yen per year for up to 3 years (other requirements are set)

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