TOKYO, May 8, 2014 /CNW/ - On April 21, the Tokyo Metropolitan
Government (TMG) held the Invest Tokyo Seminar as a part of its
initiatives to attract foreign companies with the aim to create a
global business city. Around 120 people from foreign companies with
operations in Japan, foreign embassies and chambers of commerce in
Japan participated in the seminar.
In his opening remarks Governor Yoichi Masuzoe touched on the fact that
Tokyo was selected as one of the National Strategic Economic Growth
Areas, and mentioned new projects to be implemented within this special
economic zone including the creation of a more comfortable
international business environment, the formation of a hub for
healthcare and drug development innovation, and the creation of an
accommodating international city.
Governor Masuzoe said that through these efforts the TMG will
dramatically transform Tokyo into a business and innovation center that
will be even more attractive to companies around the world by making
Tokyo a global business hub open to the world. He said he is looking
forward to welcoming many foreign companies to a Tokyo that will be
reborn as it prepares for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Following this, a talk session was conducted by Mr. William Mallard,
Deputy Bureau Chief, Japan, Reuters, and the representatives of foreign
companies receiving TMG's support in their advance into Tokyo's Special
Zone for Asian Headquarters (program established in 2011). They
exchanged opinions on matters such as the free tailor-made consulting
services provided by the TMG and the allure of Tokyo including its
wealth of business partners and human resources, efforts to protect
intellectual property, transportation convenience and clean living
environment, as well as business opportunities provided by Tokyo 2020
Representatives from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, TMG
and Accenture Japan Ltd., commissioned to implement the Invest Tokyo
program by the TMG, talked about the various incentives and support for
foreign companies expanding business to the Special Zone, including
subsidies, tax incentives, deregulation, one-stop consultation services
for business and living matters, provision of office space at half
price and free consulting services.
Please visit the following websites for more details on Tokyo's special
zones and incentives.
National Strategic Economic Growth Areas:
Special Zone for Asian Headquarters:
SOURCE: Tokyo Metropolitan Government