Tokyo Advances Efforts to Attract Foreign Companies

TOKYO, March 30, 2017 /CNW/ -- From April of this year, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) will launch the following support measures to speed up the pace of attracting to Tokyo fourth industrial revolution companies, including companies in the arenas of IoT and artificial intelligence (AI), and foreign financial corporations, such as asset management and FinTech companies, to solidify its position as the top international financial and economic city in Asia.

First, the TMG will boost assistance for overseas financial companies that are advancing into the Tokyo market with the provision of free business consulting services to formulate business plans, support to match FinTech companies and financial institutions in Japan (accelerator program), and a new subsidy program. The TMG will launch a financial one-stop support service to provide assistance with administrative procedures and comprehensive consulting services for foreign financial companies that are considering setting up their bases in Tokyo. The Tokyo One-Stop Business Establishment Center (TOSBEC) will also install a satellite center in Shibuya to provide support in English for procedures required when starting a business in Tokyo.

Tokyo will also offer an extensive program to support companies in their daily lives. The TMG will ease regulations on housekeeping services provided by foreign nationals to alleviate the burden of housework in the home in order to support foreign businesspersons after they have set up operations in Tokyo. By utilizing this special provision to the Immigration Act, new companies will be able to access services for cooking, laundry, cleaning and shopping offered by foreign nationals. Tokyo is also promoting the improvement of an environment that is convenient for foreign residents to live, including the enhancement of clinical services using a special provision to bilateral agreements on foreign doctors.

The TMG is stepping up its efforts to attract the Asian regional headquarters and R&D centers of multinational companies with advanced technologies, such as IoT, Big Data and AI, in order to create even more innovation in Tokyo.

Please visit the following website for details of the financial one-stop service provided by the Business Development Center TOKYO (BDCT) and the services by the TOSBEC.

Tokyo's efforts to attract foreign companies: http://www.seisakukikaku.metro.tokyo.jp/invest_tokyo/index.html
Financial one-stop support service (BDCT): http://www.bdc-tokyo.org/?cat=3TOSBEC:https://www.tosbec.org/english/index.html

SOURCE Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG)

For further information: (BDCT) Fumiyuki Hara (Mr.), Tel: +81-3-6269-9981/ (TOSBEC) Manami Shinohara (Ms.), Tel: +81-3-3582-4934, Tokyo's Special Economic Zones, Email: ml-office-ahq@section.metro.tokyo.jp

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