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8 benefits of basing your business in Okinawa

アジア20億人の巨大マーケットの中心!

Center of a large market with a population of 2 billion people!

The location of Okinawa - at the center of East Asia, within 4 hours away by air from major cities in Japan and Asian countries - makes a speedy access to the mega-market of a population of 2 billion possible. The handling volume of international cargos at Naha Airport in 2014 was approximately 185,000 tons, which was the fourth largest in Japan after Narita, Haneda and Kansai airports. It marked an increase by about 100 times since 2008, before the hub project began. Business opportunities in Okinawa are greatly growing.

「Made in Japan」の取得と「自由貿易協定」の活用!

Obtain "Made in Japan" and take "Free Trade Agreement" Advantage!

Obtain "Made in Japan" by assembling products in Okinawa! Products' added-values can be increased by utilizing "Japan Brand". By having products "Made in Japan", they can be sold strategically to many more countries; new markets can be opened up. Further, acquiring the certificate of origin in Japan will enable businesses to utilize Japan's Free Trade Agreement (FTA / EPA) system, with which more advantageous tax conditions will be applied for exporting to third countries.

東・東南アジアに最も近い日本の「経済特区」!

The closest Japanese "Special Economic Zone" to East Asia and South-East Asia!

Okinawa has adopted high-rate income tax deductions (up to 40%) and tax incentives to promote facility investments that can not be seen in other prefectures. Various special zones or regional systems such as "International Logistics Hub Industrial Cluster Zone," "Information and Communication Industry Promotion Zone," "Special Economic and Financial Revitalization Zone," "Industrial Innovation Zone" and "Program for Tourism Destination Promotion Zones" are established so that businesses in Okinawa will be carried out advantageously.

観光客の動向を日本国内向け市場調査に活用!さらに自社ブランドの日本での「知名度向上」のチャンス!

Utilize the data of tourist trends for your market research in Japan's domestic market! Promote your brand for more recognition in Japan!

Okinawa is visited by 8 million tourists and 400,000 students every year. Since hotel guests are almost averaged across all prefectures, cosmetic manufacturers and food companies use this opportunity for market research. Marketing effort also is underway such as development of local collaboration products with popular animated characters and testing new products at specialty shops. By deploying a business in Okinawa - one of the favorite destinations for tourists - your products will gain more attention and you can improve the brand name recognition in Japan and overseas.

Numbers of Tourists to Okinawa

  • 794

    2015

  • 840

    2016

  • 844

    2017

  • 880

    2018

  • 918

    2019

  • 2020

Okinawa has the highest birth rate in Japan, and a wealth of promising young workers.

Okinawa has the highest birth rate in Japan, and a wealth of promising young workers.

Although most parts of Japan witness declining and aging population, Okinawa has a growing population and the highest proportion of young generation in Japan. The population increase is expected to continue in the future, and a stable labor force can be secured over the medium to long term. Every year, schools such as National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Occupational Development School and Okinawa Industrial High School contribute to many industrial human resources that you can expect to secure talented personnel. Furthermore, Okinawa Prefecture provides subsidies up to 1.2 million yen per person for new employment under 35 years old. (up to 2 years)

Population Growth Rate

Population Growth Rate in "Natural Increase and Decrease Rates in Each Prefecture" 2015-2020, by National Institute of Population and Social Security Research

Mean Age

"Mean Age in Each Prefecture" 2013, by National Institute of Population and Social Security Research

地震が少なくリスク分散にも好適!

Less earthquake and suitable for diversification of risks!

As for earthquakes, the main island of Okinawa has recorded no more than seismic intensity of 5 since the modern seismic observation has started. Also, since Okinawa is located far from the main island of Japan and is less likely to be simultaneously affected by a same disaster, Okinawa office can be used to diversify disaster risks.

AFrequency of Earthquakeswith aSeismicIntensity of 5 orGreater

震度5強以上の発生回数

震度5強以上の発生回数

安心・安全・快適な生活環境、そして豊かな文化

Safe, secure and comfortable living environment, and rich culture

It is essential to have a safe, secure and comfortable environment in order to conduct business safely. In addition to the well-acknowledged good public order in Japan, the friendly nature peculiar to Okinawa welcomes those foreigners coming to Okinawa warmly. Various international events are organized at the International Exchange Foundation and JICA Okinawa, and all families are welcomed to participate. Also, the rich culture of Okinawa contributed to 9 locations on UNESCO World Heritage List.

那覇空港第2滑走路の供用(2020年予定)と那覇港での大型・高機能な総合物流センターの整備計画!

Operation of Naha Airport second runway (scheduled for 2020) and the development plan of a large-scale and high-performance comprehensive distribution center at the Naha Port!

The second runway with a total length of 2,700m is under construction at the offshore of Naha Airport, aiming at operation starting in March 2020. At Naha Port, the development of a large-scale, high-performance comprehensive distribution center is planned. The possibilities of business utilizing Okinawa's sky and ocean will further expand.

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