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Regional Information Kyoto city

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488 Kamihonnoji-mae-machi, Oikeagaru, Teramachi-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto Prefecture 604-8571
Tel: +81-75-222-3324 Fax: +81-75-222-3331

Kyoto city

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The information below is as of January 2017.

Basic Information

Population *1 1.47 million
Labor force *1 0.73 million
Area *2 827.8 km²
GDP *3 *
Major industries Electric machinery, publishing/printing, foodstuffs, textiles, general machinery
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 79,451
Number of Employees *6 726,835
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Regional Profile

Strength of the region's industries and economy

The historical city of Kyoto offers a comfortable residential environment with a profundity of cultural assets and an accessible natural environment. At the same time, Kyoto features concentrations of universities with considerable intellectual resources, companies in traditional industries that have acquired strong technological capabilities over their many years in business, and manufacturers with unique technologies in specified areas. The city of Kyoto is also home to numerous public and private industrial support organizations that have helped form an environment supportive of high value-added manufacturing. To further the development of Kyoto as a manufacturing city, active assistance is being provided to companies that are considering moving into industrial promotion sites such as the Katsura Innovation Park and the High Concentration District.

* Katsura Innovation Park: a base for intellectual industry creation adjacent to the Katsura Campus of Kyoto University aimed at creating new industry through industrial-academic-public collaboration
* High Concentration District: an area centered along Aburanokoji Street south of Jujo Avenue in which efforts to
concentrate new urban functions are being pursued through cooperation among residents, companies, and the

The city's zones for advanced industrial concentration

Foreign company(s) operating in the industry

Two or more global business including Haier Asia international incorporated company has advanced to Kyoto (there is also a company which has not released the advance into Kyoto).

Company name Ceres PowerExternal site: a new window will open.
Country England
Industry sector

Fuel Cell

Outline of business

Ceres Power Holdings PLC is a world leading developer of low cost, next generation fuel cell technology. Used in decentralised energy products our Steel Cells enable a change in the way homes and businesses generate their power, reducing energy costs, lowering CO2 emissions, increasing efficiency and improving energy security and reliability.

Date of entry April 2014
Motivation for selecting region

We chose Kyoto, which is convenient for shinkansen transportation, because our clients are located not only in Tokyo, but also in various part of Japan.

The reasons we chose Kyoto, Kyoto Research Park in particular, among others are

1. Internationally famous
2. Comfortable to live
3. Lots of universities, and knowledge is accumulated here

Support provided by local government or JETRO
  • Support for moving into premises
  • Business set-up assistance
  • Support for expansion of network in Japan

The population and the scale of Kyoto are moderate, which make the city more comfortable to live than big cities like Tokyo. Kyoto has the atmosphere of welcoming foreigners. And nature is abundant here. Living here with family is especially nice.

As a base in Japan, we chose Kyoto Research Park, which has many foreign companies, and is active in the collaboration between industry, academia, and public institutes.

Kyoto is motivated to create a new thing, which is a great advantage for the business development.

Available incentives

Companies (primarily those in the manufacturing and information processing service industries) building new plants/research institutes or expanding existing facilities and startup small and medium-sized companies setting up new offices are eligible to participate in subsidy and financing programs. The city is also committed to supporting and fostering venture companies by creating inter-company matching programs to assist small and medium-sized companies in the city to expand their range of business and technological collaboration partners, promoting industrial-academic-public collaboration, establishing industrial support organizations, and setting up incubation facilities.

Related Link
Industrial location guide: ADVANCE WITH KYOTO
Incentive: Subsidy and Finance System

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