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About Kumamoto Prefecture

  Kumamoto Prefecture is in the center of Kyushu in the southwestern part of Japan.

  Kyushu is the gateway to East Asian countries and their major cities such as Shanghai, Seoul, Taipei, Beijing, Hong Kong and Tokyo, which are all located within a distance of 2000 km from Kyushu. And Kumamoto is truly located in the center.

Center of Kyushu

Indication of lives in Kumamoto 100 FY2015

Area

7,409.32 km²

(2,860 square miles)

1st nationwide

Population

1,794,091

23nd nationwide

Annual average temperature

17.2℃

8th nationwide

Prefectural Gross Products

5,640,000,000,000 yen

25th nationwide

Agricultural output

328,300,000,000 yen

5th nationwide


 

Industries of Kumamoto Prefecture

  Kyushu has been called ‘Silicon Island’ or ‘Car Island’ since there are many semiconductor and car-related enterprises. Many of them are located in Kumamoto Prefecture and they are industry leaders.

  Thanks to the development of highways, food distribution companies and enterprises dealing with logisitics have been increasing.

 

◆Main enterprises in Kumamoto Prefecture

Semiconductor:

  Tokyo Electron Kyushu Co., Ltd., Sony Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation, FUJIFILM Kyushu Co., Ltd.

Automobiles:

  Aishin Kyushu Co., Ltd., Hitachi Zosen Corporation Ariake Plant, Honda Motor Co., Ltd Kumamoto Plant

Food:

  Suntory Beer Co., Ltd. Kyushu Kumamoto Plant

Service:

  Accenture Kumamoto BPO Center 

Advantages of Kumamoto Prefecture as a location for establishing enterprises

①Abundant high quality water resource

  In Kumamoto City and its surrounding area, almost 100 % of daily life water for the whole population of one million is provided by groundwater and the groundwater is also used for the as the water source for the food and semi-conductor industries. This is the key element for many industries that build their plants in Kumamoto.

Groundwater

② An excellent treasure house of human resources with science and technology backgrounds

  There are 10 universities, 3 junior colleges and 1 technical college in Kumamoto Prefecture.

  With many science and technology departments, a distinctive feature of the schools, about 6,000 students with science and technology backgrounds graduate every year. Compared with prefectures with a similar population as Kumamoto, the number of science and technology students accounts for a higher percentage in fresh graduates in our prefecture.

  Technical high schools and technical colleges are enthusiastic to push students to obtain all national certifications and license examinations and in producing top-flight human resources, these students are the driving force for enterprises and are highly evaluated by many companies.


◆The number of graduates (graduated in March 2016)

graduates

 

◆The number of qualified person in 2015 for Junior Meister Award Program

Order

Name of prefecture

The number of qualified person

(total of gold and silver)

First

Kumamoto Pref.

776

Second

Aichi Pref.

672

Third

Kagoshima Pref.

657

Fourth

Fukuoka Pref.

545

Fifth

Nagasaki Pref.

542

  What is the Junior Meister Award Program?
   This is an award program for students of technical high schools in which the knowledge, techniques and abilities of those students obtained through qualifications are evaluated and, with the points given in accordance with qualifications and the result of competitions, students with higher total points are recognized with this award.

Wage

wage

 
 

Easy access to Asia, all prefectures in Kyushu

  Kumamoto Prefecture, being in the center of Kyushu and very close to East Asia, is well-connected to transportation networks. It offers easy access to other prefectures in Kyushu as well as metropolitan cities such as Tokyo and Osaka.

  It is possible to conduct global business from Kumamoto since the main cities in Korea, Taiwan and China are easily accessible either directly from Kumamoto or via Fukuoka. 

access

 
Support with substantial incentive programs

  Kumamoto Prefecture offers substantial incentives to support the operation after the establishment in Kumamoto.

  We offer a subsidy of 5 billion yen, the largest amount among the Kyushu prefectures. For companies whose foreign capital participation is more than 50 %, the subsidy requirement is reduced and it is easy to utilize the subsidy. In accordance with municipalities of the targeted site, it is possible to access additional incentives such as subsidiary aid and tax reduction.

  We will support those companies doing business in Kumamoto with enhanced support that includes introductions to local companies, assistance in recruitment as well as real estate information.


◆Subsidies

 

subsidies

 

◆The mascot character of Kumamoto Prefecture, ‘Kumamon’

 

Kumamon©2010 kumamoto pref. kumamon


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