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Regional Information City of Sapporo

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Kita 1 Nishi 2, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, 060-8611 JAPAN
Tel: +81-11-211-2362 Fax: +81-11-218-5130

Sapporo city

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The information below is as of July 2015.

Basic Information

Population *1 1.95 million
Labor force *1 0.93 million
Area *2 1,121.3 km²
GDP *3 *
Major industries Wholesaling/retailing, service, information
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 79,388
Number of Employees *6 831,700
Offices overseas

Beijing, China

JETRO office

JETRO Hokkaido

Regional Profile

Strength of the region's industries and economy

Sapporo is the fifth largest city in Japan with a population of approximately 1.95 million people (approximately 2.50 million people incorporating seven cities and one town in the Sapporo metropolitan area).
The city boasts rich human resources, a high educational standard, low office rental costs, and a safe environment with few natural disasters such as earthquakes, typhoons and lightning storms. This environment was highly recognized by the public, contributing to the development of industrial clusters, e.g., IT companies involving software development, and call centers and BPO centers in the IT or financial industries. In particular, against the backdrop of the public awareness of operational continuity in the event of disasters, which was triggered by the occurrence of the Great East Japan Earthquake, the city has been attracting the attention of companies as a destination to which such companies distribute important operations from Tokyo.

Foreign company(s) operating in the industry

- AXA Life Insurance Co., Ltd.
- Aflac (American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus)
- Amazon Japan G K.
- Ingersoll-Rand Japan, Ltd.
- Nihon Medi-physics Co., Ltd.

Available incentives

Sapporo has been working to attract call centers since FY2000, establishing a system to support companies engaged in BPO business suitable for Sapporo. The city created programs to support IT, digital content, and biotechnology companies, and moreover it created programs to support manufacturing (monozukuri) industries such as food product manufacturing industries, etc., and has since actively endeavored to attract such companies. Sapporo offers subsidies to companies newly locating to the city and implements a number of carefully tailored follow-up projects so that the companies develop and expand their business in a stable way; these include providing consultations on office selection, supporting to find new employees, conducting a variety of training and supporting corporate personnel training efforts.

Incentive name

Location Promotion Subsidy for Call Centers and Back Offices

Incentive type Subsidies
Incentive target industries

Call centers, BPO centers, etc.

Outline of Incentives (Requirements etc.)

- Establishing office for the first time: Up to 10 million yen for 3 years
- Expanding office: Up to 10 million yen
- Headquarters relocation: Up to 120 million yen (as the sum for 3 years)
Note: The total subsidy amount depends on the number of regular and permanent employees (as for the transfer of headquarters functions, the subsidy program covers expenditure on opening new headquarters).

Incentive name

Location Promotion Subsidy for IT Contents and Bio Industry

Incentive type Subsidies
Incentive target industries

IT, digital contents and bio

Outline of Incentives (Requirements etc.)

Personnel expenses: up to 6 million yen for 2 years
※The amount of expenses is based on the number of permanent employee.

Setup fee: up to 8 million yen
※ Fee: 50% of cost construction and apparatus buying expenses

Incentive name

Sapporo Area Subsidy for the Promotion of the Investment in Equipment

Incentive type Subsidies
Incentive target industries

Manufacturing, distribution industries

Outline of Incentives (Requirements etc.)

Establishing operations:Up to 10 million yen
Office extention: Up to 5 million yen
※The amount of expenses is based on the type of industry
and the capital expenditure.

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