Investing in Japan
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*Search for business partners in Japan via "Database of candidate partners" in the "General Business Information" section or using TTPP (Trade Tie-up Promotion Program), JETRO's free online business matching database.
*Please note that inquires not regarding investment in Japan may not be answered.
*The information below is as of July 2014.
|Labor force*1||6.39 million|
|GDP*3||92,387,777 million yen|
|Major industries||Transport and communication industries; wholesalers; eating and drinking establishments; retail, financial, and insurance industries; publishing and printing industries; electronic device manufacturing industries|
Tokyo, the national capital, contains a variety of industries, with an especially large concentration of corporate headquarters, creating a hive of economic activity. While the city constantly gives rise to new fashions and cultural phenomena. With many famous sites and historical landmarks still remaining, Tokyo presents an innovative face with a lingering patina of tradition. Business establishments in Tokyo, 99% of them small and medium businesses. These small and medium companies boast sophisticated technology and high levels of productivity and are major contributors to Tokyo's growth and continued vitality. In addition, Tokyo has a wide variety of resources such as well-established networks linking educational institutions and companies.
In international business hub Tokyo, approximately 75% of foreign companies are located and foreign companies of various industries are gathered.
Aiming to transform Tokyo into the preferred and core hub of business headquarters and R&D centers in
the Asian region, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government launched the Special Zone for Asian Headquarters
as a new project to attract foreign companies to Tokyo.
(Subsidies and Tax Reduction Measures)
Support measures for small and medium-sized businesses in Tokyo include low-interest financing, subsidies, and tax preferences among other services. Foreign-affiliated companies may take advantage of these benefits if they establish a Japanese corporation.
(Tokyo's Special Zone for Asian Headquarters)
Foreign companies establishing
their Asian headquarters or R&D centers within the Tokyo's Special Zone for Asian Headquarters are eligible to receive subsidies and tax reduction.
*Companies must fulfill certain conditions to receive these benefits.
Special Zone for Asian Headquarters Subsidy Program
|Incentive target industries||
Foreign companies establishing an Asian regional headquarters or R&D center within Tokyo's Special Zone for Asian Headquarters between April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015
Subsidies will not exceed one-half of the actual expenses listed below and will be limited to a maximum JPY 5 million.
However, the following limits will apply to fees related to obtaining status of residence and fees for registering the establishment of the regional headquarters/R&D center and other relevant filing procedures.
|Providing market information||Advice on market participation, Consulting by external experts and advisers, Arranging appointments with potential customers and partners|
|Support for finding customers||Monitoring surveys (evaluation of products and services), Listing of potential customers and partners, Listing of potential customers and partners|
|Support for establishing a base||Providing incubation facilities or other facilities, Providing incubation facilities or other facilities, Providing information on procedures for investing in Japan, Arranging the meetings needed to establish a base (real estate, manpower services), Introduction of available properties and advice on hiring personnel, Providing information on permits and licensing procedures, Providing information on subsidy programs|
<Business Development Center Tokyo>
A one-stop consultation desk that provides business and living support for foreign companies and entrepreneurs intending to start up business in Tokyo or are already doing so. Our bilingual staff with international business experience will support you via telephone, email, or face-to-face.
The center also provides business networking and consulting services by specialist to support for foreign companies wishing to expand business to the Special Zone for Asian Headquarters