Powerful Support Systems and Industrial Accumulation
Enterprise location in Fukushima is complemented by a substantial preferential system, while industrial clusters are being advanced through collaboration among industry, academia and government.
Japan's Top-level Corporation Location Preferential System
Fukushima effectively supports the establishment of businesses with some of the best incentive systems available nationwide. These include subsidies to partially cover the initial investment required for the establishment of businesses; tax benefits allowed under the Act on pecial Measures for the Reconstruction and Revitalization of Fukushima and the Act on Special Zones for Reconstruction in Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake; other independent support programs from various municipalities; and inexpensive loans for plant site from the Fukushima revitalization acceleration subsidy program.
Example Fukushima Prefecture subsidies to establish businesses
- Subsidies to establish businesses (up to 3/4 total sum)
- Act on Special Measures for the Reconstruction and Revitalization of Fukushima, Act on Special Zones for Reconstruction in Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake
- Subsidies on electricity charges within the power supply area
- Incentive system for municipalities
- Inexpensive industrial land (loans for industrial sites through the Fukushima revitalization acceleration subsidy program
Business Support System through Collaboration among Industry, Academia, and Government
Fukushima Prefecture Transport Equipment Related Industry Cooperative Association
In collaboration with the Tohoku Automotive Industry Concentration Cooperative Association, Transport Equipment-Related Industry Association is working to build up an industrial cluster through a variety of activites such as exhibiting displays at technical expositions and conventions in the Tokyo and Nagoya areas, holding seminars, and creating guidebooks that introduce the operational contents and products of member companies.
Fukushima Semiconductor Industry Association
The Fukushima Semiconductor Industry Association is promoting new business through forging close ties between businesses inside and outside Fukushima; developing new products and technologies through collaboration among industry, academia, and government; developing human resources; and is engaged in initiatives to increase public awareness of manufacturing.
Furthermore, industry, academia, and government in Tohoku is coordinating on activities to implement the Tohoku regional cluster creation strategy - "Tohoku Monozukuri (manufacturing) Corridor" project.
Fukushima Renewable Energy Industry Promotion Society
The society aims to share business information regarding integrated training in renewable energy related industries, focus on the direction of projects, and gain a full understanding of progress made. As of July 2015, the society has 560 organizations as members, including national and prefectural bodies, as well as businesses and universities both within Fukushima and around Japan. This features special interest groups for each of solar power, wind power, biomass, and energy networks （smart communities）, which consider joint research, hold dedicated seminars, and put out relevant information
Fukushima Medical and Welfare Device Industry Council
In the field of medical and welfare devices, the organization carries out business matching as a way to stimulate exchange between companies, provides assistance in development, and holds seminars regarding technical trends and related regulations. It is working to enhance business and create a stronger technical foundation.
Fukushima Reactor Decommissioning and Decontamination Robot Technology Research Institute
The Fukushima Reactor Decommissioning and Decontamination Robot Technology Research Institute works with the national government, related agencies, and universities in presenting technical seminars, conducting surveys on advanced regions, and bringing businesses together, in order to support businesses within Fukushima when considering participation in the business areas of reactor decommissioning and decontamination
Multifaceted Support for Corporate Management, from Expansion to Managerial Innovation
Fukushima Prefecture Industrial Promotion Center (Fukushima City)
We support the management of small and medium sized businesses with in the prefecture from all sides, including helping to reinforce and reform corporate business infrastructures, providing overseas market information, providing information, and holding conventions and expositions.
Support for Corporate Research and Development
Fukushima Technology Centre (Koriyama City)
Fukushima Technology Centre（Koriyama City）As a public testing and research institution, Fukushima Technology Centre has a rich array of all types of testing devices and equipment that support private sector R&D in the prefecture. In addition to being open to corporations, the Technology Centre is actively tackling joint research with corporations, the development of new technology and products, and the technology transfer of each type of research outcomes.
The Centre also collaborates with research technical support centers in Fukushima, Iwaki and Aizuwakamatsu, functioning as a center of exchange between industry, academia and government.
Example equipment available
- Non-destructive structural analysis apparatus
- Low vacuum scanning electron microscope
- Microscopic FT-IR Raman system
- Non-contact three-dimensional measurement equipment
- Anechoic chamber
Strong Post-Relocation Follow-up
Fukushima Prefecture investment promotion and site location support system
Fukushima Prefecture has prepared a complete backup system covering everything from business set up consultation through to operations. Through close collaboration with related organizations, we provide a one-stop service to help relocating companies cope with each procedure when they establish their business in Fukushima,
and we also attempt to attract businesses by offering postbusiness establishment follow-up support We conduct information exchanges with corporations on a regular basis in partnership with Development Bureaus in seven regions, and provide multifaceted support including with business transaction expansions, and with the securing and cultivation of human resources