Regional Information City of Sapporo

Sapporo, aiming to become the world’s most innovative city

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Kita 1 Nishi 2, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, 060-8611 JAPAN
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Sapporo city

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The information below is as of July 2015.

Specified call centers, BPO centers

(Related sectors: Service)

Attractive features

The population of Sapporo City is approximately 1.95 million, making it the 5th largest city in the country. There are many skilled personnel in this, one of the major cities in Northern Japan. The increasing rate of the labor-force population of women in their 20s-30s is particularly high and it is therefore possible to secure skilled workers. Furthermore, business expenses such as office rent can be kept low. The city is attracting additional attention because of the low risk of natural disasters. There are about 70 companies in this sector located in the city and more than 30,000 employees are hired by them.

Principal foreign companies in the industry
  • AXA Life Japan
  • Amazon.Japan K.K.,

IT, digital content

(Related sectors: ICT)

Attractive features

Sapporo City has a major base for information-related industries, boasting around 249 companies with approximately 16,743 employees and annual sales of 359.200 billion yen.
Source: Survey by the Hokkaido IT Report 2014
The abundant human resources and low business cost are fueling IT related companies' establishment of R&D bases.

Principal Japanese companies in the industry
  • HBA Corporation
  • IBM Global Services Japan Solution and Services Company (ISOL)
Major education/research institutes of the industry

High-level educational institutes such as Hokkaido University and Hokkaido Information University, which are strong in the field of IT, are accumulated in this city.


(Related sectors: ライフサイエンス, 食品製造加工)

Attractive features

With rich natural resources, Sapporo City is one of the major cities in Hokkaido, which is famous in Asia for the production of safe and high-quality agricultural and marine products. The city is also a transportation hub that connects Hokkaido with other parts of Japan and overseas.
Higher education institutes and experiment and research institutions are accumulated here. The city is suitable for the research and development of pharmaceutical products, cosmetic products, and foods, which take advantage of Hokkaido-made materials and its brand image.

Principal Japanese companies in the industry
Major education/research institutes of the industry

Hokkaido University, Sapporo Medical University, and other institutions have accrued impressive stores of biotechnology and IT research/technology, and have seen very active start-ups of university-launched venture companies.

Major industry cluster plans, special zones and industry-government-academia collaboration of the industry

More than 120 companies participate in the Hokkaido Biotechnology Industry Cluster Forum and the forum promotes networking between biotechnology companies, universities, and R&D centers as well as business communications internally and externally. In 2011, Sapporo was the only city in Asia selected as one of 16 unique biotechnology clusters in the world as a result of a survey by the European Commission. It was also graded as a cluster at the mature stage for reasons of high-level research being carried out, enterprise culture functioning, and having enough support for R&D.