Why Fukuoka

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

Fukuoka is 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 to overseas businesses and entrepreneurs might be its 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.

One of the most liveable cities in the world

Fukuoka is the capital city of Kyushu whose GDP is equivalent to that of Austria (the 26th largest economy in the world (IMF, 2019)) and therefore it has all the necessary functions as a business hub.

Nevertheless, the city is compact and surrounded by rich nature. Turquoise blue beaches, white sands and green mountains are reachable within 1 hour from the city centre. Fukuoka is often ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the world.

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.

Once the company gets confident as a result of such a test, it can seamlessly expand its business all across Japan.

Fukuoka city’s support

Fukuoka City is designated as the National Strategic Special Zone and offers various support for foreign entrepreneurs doing an innovative business in Fukuoka. For details, please read our articles: (1) ‘Startup visa‘, (2) ‘Tax reduction for startups‘ and (3) ‘Financial aid for renting residential and office spaces‘.

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