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Fukuoka is the business and transportation hub of Kyushu Island located in southwestern Japan, and has long thrived as the gateway from Japan to the rest of Asia. Serving as the center of a huge market base of 15 million consumers, Fukuoka has established a strong trade relationship throughout Asia including China and South Korea, as well as with the US and European countries. Fukuoka Prefecture’s GDP is about USD 162 billion, almost comparable to the economic scale of the whole of Hong Kong or Thailand, while the GDP of Kyushu itself is about USD 460 billion, which rivals the whole of Russia.

Commitment to Industry
Fukuoka Prefecture has a well-developed industrial infrastructure and is known throughout Japan as a source of innovation. Japanese companies that have become household names throughout the world such as Sony, Toshiba, Hitachi, NEC, Fujitsu, Matsushita Electric, Mitsubishi Electric, Nissan and Toyota have a strong presence in Fukuoka. There are also many companies that were born in Fukuoka, including Yasukawa Electric, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of industrial-use robotics, and TOTO Ltd, a world-leading ceramic sanitary equipment manufacturer. Even with such a strong industrial base, we are striving to continue on our path of innovation, and supported by the local government, Fukuoka is actively recruiting foreign companies to augment clusters in the following growth industries:
Information and Communication Technologies
Semiconductors and Semiconductor Design
Automobiles
Biotechnology
Environmental Technology
Hydrogen Energy
Nanotechnology
Robotics
Content Industry

Fukuoka Prefecture also has a wealth of supporting industries and research institutions that, together with Fukuoka businesses, offer a solid platform for your business, providing you with readily accessible business partners, customers, contacts, and resources.
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