Why Fukuoka

Fukuoka, the start-up centre of Japan, enjoys the fastest growing population amongst Japanese cities with a large student population.

Fukuoka is geographically the closest to the Eurasian continent, and thus, has historically been cultivating a culture more open to foreigners than other cities in this island country. Fukuoka is also located in the centre of Asia. Tokyo and Shanghai are reachable in 1.5 hours from the airport, which is located near the city centre. Other Asian major cities including Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok and Seoul are also directly accessible.

However, the greatest strength appealing overseas entrepreneurs will be its business costs. For example, office and house rental fees in Fukuoka are considerably lower than in bigger cities in Asia such as Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore. Further, the local government offer various incentives and support to foreign companies/individuals who are setting up a business in this start-up friendly city.

Best city for test marketing in Japan

Fukuoka has also been deemed as the best city for test marketing in Japan. The size and functionality of the city as well as their positive attitude towards new things make both domestic and international companies choose the city as a place to test consumers’ reaction to their new products and services.

Of course, once the company gets confident as a result of such a test, it can seamlessly expand its business all across Japan or move the main place of business to Tokyo or else.

Fukuoka city’s support

Fukuoka City offers various support exclusively for foreign entrepreneurs. For details, please read our articles: Fukuoka City National Strategic Special Zone (1) “Startup Visa” (which has been updated in New One-Year Startup Visa, the First of Its Kind in Japan) , (2) “Tax Reduction for Startups” and (3) “Financial Aid for Renting Residential and Office Spaces”.

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