Investing in Japan
The information below is as of July 2013.
*If you can't find the information you need, please contact JETRO.
*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.
|Labor force*1||6.39 million|
|GDP*3||91,139,263 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|
*1 Population Census 2010, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications *2 Area data 2012, Geospatial Information Authority of Japan *3 Prefectural Citizens' Economic Accounts 2010, Cabinet Office
*Ask the local government for the latest data.
Strength of the region's industries and economy
Tokyo, the national capital, is Japan's political, economic, and cultural center, and the center of consumption in the country. Tokyo contains a variety of industries, with an especially large concentration of corporate headquarters, creating a hive of economic activity. The city constantly gives rise to new fashions and cultural phenomena, and a wide variety of information is transmitted to the rest of Japan and throughout the world. With many famous sites and historical landmarks still remaining, Tokyo presents an innovative face with a lingering patina of tradition. About 630,000 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.
Foreign company(s) operating in the industry
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, 2013 and March 31, 2014
Subsidies will not exceed one-half of the actual expenses listed below and will be limited to a maximum JPY 5 million.
- Industrial location guide: Tokyo Metropolitan Small and Medium Enterprise Support Center
- Incentive: Tokyo’s Special Zone for Asian Headquarters
Services for investment in Japan
|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|
＜Tokyo Business Entry Point＞
A one-stop service center for information on business and everyday life for foreign companies/sole propriators doing business in Tokyo and for expats. Available for anyone regardless of their region or company size, company or individual.
＜Business Development Center Tokyo＞
A one-stop service center for providing foreign companies seeking to expand into Tokyo's Special Zone for Asian Headquarters with high-level business support, and support for everyday life and for business expansion in Japan. Supporting expansion into the Special Zone through consultation and advice on business strategy.
Database of candidate partners
- Tokyo Metropolitan Small and Medium Enterprise Support Center: "TOKYO TRADE CENTER"
The Tokyo Metropolitan Small Business Center, a relevant organization of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, provides support for small and medium businesses in Tokyo. It has the Tokyo Trade Center, which provides information for companies that want to do business overseas.
The Tokyo Trade Center home page offers a database of companies and organizations in Tokyo, available for foreign companies searching for a Japanese partner.
It features the ability to search by entering the (1) product or industry, (2) key words, or (3) the name of the company. It is equipped with search tools that allow even the smallest amount of information to help find a company that meets one’s needs. The database is available in English as well as in Japanese.