Investing in Japan
Regional Information Kumamoto
Kumamoto - Japan’s leading semiconductor industry center - the automobile and food service industries are also concentrating one after another -
Your Regional Guide : Masahito Hita
6-18-1 Suizenji, chuo-ku, Kumamoto-city, Kumamoto Prefecture 862-8570
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The information below is as of November 2017. (Basic Information: September 2018)
|Population *1||1.82 million|
|Labor force *1||0.89 million|
|Area (square kilometer) *2||7,409.48|
|GDP *3||5,564,564 million yen|
|Major industries||Electrical equipment, transportation equipment, food and beverage products, general equipment and metal products|
|Land price(for 1square meter) *5||
|Number of Establishments *6||81,840|
|Number of Employees *6||782,561|
Shanghai ,China HongKong ,China
Strength of the region's industries and economy
Kumamoto Prefecture has been attracting companies in the semiconductor industry for 50 years and those in the automobile industry, forming the clusters known as “Silicon Island” and “Car Island” and showing a strong presence in the Kyushu region. Companies developing business in the prefecture and local companies bolstering these companies boast quality, world-class techniques, leading to the development of global business. In addition, the prefecture has also been attracting food-related industries taking advantage of the strong points of Kumamoto Prefecture, an agricultural prefecture, and distribution-related industries taking advantage of the geographical center of the Kyushu region. This contributes to forming new clusters of these industries.
Foreign company(s) operating in the industry
|Company name||Teradyne, Inc.|
Electrical measuring instrument (Semiconductor Inspection Equipment)
|Date of entry||1990|
|Motivation for selecting region||
|Support provided by local government or JETRO||
Introductions to universities and other personnel hiring support.
“Allow me to explain why we chose Kumamoto, and why we continue to be confident that, to Teradyne, the selection of Kumamoto was a sound decision.
|Company name||FWAVE Company Limited|
Photovoltaic solar cell manufacturing and roofing materials manufacturing industries
|Date of entry||2015|
Subsidies are available to companies establishing new plants or research centers (or expanding existing facilities) in the prefecture, setting requirements advantageous to foreign-affiliated companies.
Guidance of Kumamoto local firm location promotion subsidy
|Outline of Incentives (Requirements etc.)||
Subsidies based on the calculation result under the formula of “investment value × 5% + 500,000 yen × new employees.” (up to 150 million yen), targeting companies with more than 50% foreign capital in the total capital in: 5 target industries (semiconductors, mobility, green, food-and-life, and social systems); R&D businesses in specified fields; and general manufacturing industries