Initiatives for attracting foreign/foreign-affiliated companies to regional Japan

To create new businesses and employment in the region and revitalize regional economies, JETRO works with local governments to attract foreign/foreign-affiliated companies to Japan’s local regions by utilizing our domestic and overseas networks.

1. Disseminating information on the attractiveness and investment environment of each domestic region

We introduce industries’ attractiveness and the investment climate in each domestic region to foreign companies through our navigation system for investing in Japan’s local regions. Also, we send out the e-mail newsletters “Invest in Japan” to update on the investment environment in regions.

2. Supporting local governments’ activities to attract foreign companies

Using JETRO’s domestic and overseas networks, we bolster  local governments’ activities to attract foreign companies. We support local governments’ needs by holding seminars to attract businesses at home and abroad or helping with overseas sales visits by local government leaders. 

(1) Support Program for Foreign Direct Investment in Regional Japan
JETRO and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) provide comprehensive support for activities to attract foreign companies by local governments and other entities proactive in bringing in foreign companies. From the strategy formulation stage to support for inviting and landing foreign companies, subsequent follow-up, and compiling requests for administrative procedures improvements, we provide a wide range of menu items customized to suit local conditions and characteristics.
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    Sapporo City

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    Asahikawa Regional Industrial Development Council

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    Miyagi Prefecture

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    Sendai City

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    Fukushima Prefecture

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    Ibaraki Prefecture

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    Tsukuba City

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    Chiba Prefecture

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    Kanagawa Prefecture

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    Yokohama City

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    Komoro City

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    Aichi Prefecture

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    Nagoya City

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    Mie Prefecture

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    Matsusaka City

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    Iga City

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    Kyoto Prefecture

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    Kyoto City

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    Osaka Prefecture

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    Osaka City

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    Kobe City

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    Wakayama Prefecture

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    Higashihiroshima City

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    Fukuoka Prefecture

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    Kitakyushu City

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    Fukuoka City

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    Kurume City

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    Karatsu City

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    Kumamoto Prefecture

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    Okinawa Prefecture

(2) Regional Business Conference (RBC)
JETRO and METI hold RBCs. Local governments invite foreign-affiliated companies’ executives and conduct sales pitch by governors or other leaders, and provide business matching with local companies to promote foreign-affiliated companies’ direct investment in the local areas.

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