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Regional Information Nagoya city

Nagoya City, the central city of Greater Nagoya—one of the world’s largest centers for monodzukuri (manufacturing)

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Industry & Labor Division, Industry Department, Civic & Economic Affairs Bureau

1-1, Sannomaru 3-chome, Naka-ku, Nagoya, 460-8508
Tel: +81-52-972-2423 Fax: +81-52-972-4139

Nagoya city

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The information below is as of November 2017.

Basic Information

Population *1 2.26 million
Labor force *1 1.15 million
Area (square kilometer)*2 326.5
GDP *3 12,355,900 million yen
Major industries Wholesale/Retail, Service Industry, Real Estate, ICT, and Manufacturing
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 38,052
Number of Employees *6 394,381
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Regional Profile

Strength of the region's industries and economy

In Nagoya area, one of the three major economic areas in Japan, manufacturing industries such as automobile, aircraft, and machine tools are located. Its scale is the largest in Japan. Commerce and service business have been developed in Nagoya, the central city of the area, based on the accumulation of the history of manufacturing industry. The city has well-balanced industrial structure. Moreover, it has easy access to other countries as well as any part of Japan, because it is located in the central part of Japan and its infrastructure of land, sea, and air is in good condition. Nagoya City welcomes the companies seeking a business opportunity with the best environment.

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Industrial cluster, project: Special Zone to Create Asia No.1 Aerospace Industrial CenterExternal site: a new window will open.

Foreign company(s) operating in the industry

In FY2015, the city accepted business development of companies in the manufacturing industry (automobile- and manufacturing machinery-related industries), service industries (videophone conference, medical care, etc.), and products export/import industry.

Available incentives

In addition to the subsidy system applied to the establishement of an office, a plant, or a research facility in Nagoya City, GNIExternal site: a new window will open. provides subsidies for foreign firms starting their business in the Greater Nagoya area, including costs for setting-up businesses, recruitment of new employees and finding business offices.

Incentive name
Incentive type Subsidies
Eligible industries

Companies mainly engaged in a business in an industry categorized as a key industry

*In principal, companies that were founded three or more years ago

Outline of incentives (Requirements)
Requirements for the Subsidy
First Subsidy Type(note1): Floor space of 50sq meter or more, or Five or more employees permanently stationed
Second Subsidy Type(note2): Floor space of 100sq meter or more, Five or more employees permanently stationed
Amount of the Subsidy
Three month office/building rent
(Excluding the common service fee, the security and guarantee deposits, the consumption tax and the like)
Upper Limits
3 million yen
Application Deadline

One day before the day on which an office/building lease agreement is signed

(Note 1)Foreign and other companies which open their first Japanese office in the city are eligible.
(Note 2)Foreign and other companies that have already had an office in a city other than Nagoya in Japan and which open their first office in the city, provided that the first Japanese office was opened within the last 5 years.

Incentive name
Incentive type Subsidies
Incentive target industries
  1. ICT
    Information services, internet-related services
  2. Robots
    Robot manufacturing
  3. Digital contents
    Film&video production, TV program production, animation production,film, video&TV program distribution
  4. Creative
Outline of incentives (Requirements)
Eligible Applicants
First Office Opening: Companies that are planning to open their first office in Nagoya
Business Expansion: Companies that opened their first office in Nagoya within the last 5 years
Other Requirements
First Office Opening:
  • Floor space of 30sq meter or more.
  • Two or more engineers and/or the like permanently stationed at the office opening
Business Expansion:
  • Increase its floor space by 30sq meter or more to expand its business.
  • Employ two or more new full-time engineers and/or the like.
  • Invest 3 million yen or more in equipment, etc.
Amount of Subsidy
First Office Opening:
50% of the annual rent
50% of the costs for purchasing equipment,etc.
Business Expansion:
50% of the annual rent
50% of the costs for purchasing equipment, etc.
1 million yen per new full-time employee
Upper limits
First Business Opening:
5 million yen
Business Expansion:
10 million yen
Application Deadline
One day before the day on which an office lease agreement is signed or equipment,etc. are purchased, whichever comes earlier

Aichi-Nagoya International Business Access Center (I-BAC)
I-BAC is a one-stop service organization that offers information, various consultation services and advice to foreign companies that plan to establish a presence in Aichi Prefecture and Nagoya. Inquiries are welcome from Japanese companies that are interested in business matching with foreign companies that have already moved into the area.
I-BAC services include the following:

  • Information on business partners
  • Information about incentives
  • Information on office and plant siting
  • Information on human resources
  • Information on living in the area
  • Introduction of specialists and supporting businesses
  • Consultation and advice on permits and procedures for establishing a business presence

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