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Regional Information Kumamoto city

Kumamoto, a base for exchange in the center of Kyushu

Your Regional Guide : Isamu Kiyota

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Business Facilities Establishment Promotion Office

1-1 Tetorihoncho, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto-city, Kumamoto City 860-8601
Tel: +81-96-328-2386 Fax: +81-96-324-7004

kumamoto city

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The information below is as of January 2017.

Basic Information

Population *1 0.74 million
Labor force *1 0.36 million
Area *2 390.3 km²
GDP *3 *
Major industries Commerce and service, food, semiconductor-related, transportation equipment and machinery, medical 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 1m²) *5
Land price for industrial use (Average)
Land Price for Commercial Use (Average)
Number of Establishments *6 32,027
Number of Employees *6 308,480
Offices overseas


JETRO office

JETRO Kumamoto

Regional Profile

Strength of the region's industries and economy

Kumamoto City is located in the middle of Kyushu with a population of 730,000 and with the city-center population exceeding 1,060,000. The City is endowed with both natural settings and sophisticated urban functions such as pristine ground water and abundant greenery.
In April 2012, the City became the 20th ordinance-designated city, joining the ranks of model cities of Japan.
On the industry side, there is a cluster of food business and semiconductor industries.There are also well-established automobile/two-wheeler industries as well as medical product businesses.
The city is prepared to offer one of the best subsidy programs and industrial parks in the country.

Available incentives

(1) Subsidy for factories and R&D facilities
Subsidy is available for municipal tax, acquisition of property/leasing, newly hiring as well as for business investment.
Preferential treatment is available for the 5 fields relating to food-related business, semiconductor business, transportation machinery business, medical product business and for environmental business. The subsidy rate will be increased by 1.5 times for these business fields.
Maximum amount totaling 3 billion yen is available as subsidy which is one of the highest in the country.
(2) Subsidy for business setup in city center
Subsidy is available for office setup such as sales office in the city center
Subsidy is available for acquisition of property/leasing as well as newly hiring
Maximum amount of 10 million yen is available as subsidy.

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
  • Kumamoto Industrial Support Foundation

Through the tie up between industry, academia and government, the foundation promotes industrial development based on advanced technologies by supporting R&D of small and medium enterprises and local business owners.
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Technology development support
Market development support
HR development support
Various financing and subsidy programs
Matching up companies with potential partners/customer, etc.