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Scroll down for the directory of investment promotion representatives such as economic development agencies and other contacts for foreign direct investment - FDI - projects in Japan.
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Organization Scope


Website and other resources Survey Profile
Invest Japan -  JETRO Japan External Trade Organization National

No No
Japan Industrial Location Center (JILC) National No No
K-CIP Kansai Council of Investment Promotion Region No No
Committee for the Promotion of Investment in Hokkaido Region No No
Tsukuba Science City Development     No No
Japan Chamber of Commerce & Industry - JCCI Chambers, in multiple cities No No
The Tohoku Industrial Development Promotion Conference No No
Tohoku Electric Power - Japan Regional Ventures Utility - helps promote foreign business investment in the 7 prefectures of Tohoku - Aomori, Akita, Yamagata, Niigata, Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima

No No
Explanation of column headings above
  •  Organizations are generally sorted in postal code order so that locations which are geographically close to each other will usually (not always) be grouped together.  This is a selective directory, even though the state directory is more comprehensive than the very selective one we will maintain at the regional level to highlight the organizations which support our work or are found to be of frequent interest for the convenience of the executives and business advisors we serve.
  •  Scope : is the area served by the organization, and postal code.  We may include thumbnail maps which expand to show information about participating areas, or link directly to good maps or GIS research tools on the organization's website.
  •  Contacts : relationship leader at GDI Solutions for maintaining information about contacts in this area.  If there is a working relationship through our various GUIDE services, we also list the key organization contact, phone, and optional e-mail.
  •  Website and other resources : Aside from the main website link, we may include other direct links to highlight special features of expected interest to executives, especially if they might not be readily noticed by just visiting the website.  A good example of this is when relevant content is actually maintained somewhere else, such as a regional website rather than the local one, so that one would otherwise need to know to follow the available links between the websites.
The default for all other columns is "No" unless the organization supports our work.
  •  Survey : areas which have responded to our GUIDE Network Survey, with a link to their response for convenience if published (optional) and highlighted at the top.  This is often useful as an executive summary at the "long list" stage of location selection.
  •  Profile : participates in our GUIDE Area Profile service (also highlighted at the top of the page).  This involves a closer working relationship to maintain more timely and detailed knowledge of the area throughout the year, and also involves a more detailed executive summary on the website, with many relevant links.  If there are significant incentives in the area, we may also link to a GUIDE Incentives Profile.
All area representatives are encouraged to reply to the free GUIDE Network Survey, which consists of very basic questions to help maintain timely knowledge about many areas for referral purposes.  Area representatives : see how to participate.  Current service pricing is listed on the Order Form (Adobe Acrobat .PDF file).  Refer also to any special offers.  Please help us to help you by supporting our work.

Executives are also encouraged to respond to our free Executive Survey (download Adobe PDF copy) which helps us to continuously improve.

The presence, absence, or position of any organization on these lists, or their position on the lists, does not imply any endorsement or opinion about their services, nor by them about our own.

The selections are simply intended to be helpful to executives who may be unaware of such contacts, or how to reach their websites quickly.  Please contact us directly for relevant introductions or any additional contacts, market knowledge, and research which we don't publish.

Contact information for relationship leaders at GDI Solutions :
Name e-mail Phone Fax
Bruce Donnelly 847-304-4655 847-304-5375
This directory selectively highlights participating economic development organizations and professional service provider contacts in the Japan region by including more relevant links to useful content than just the local website.  The directory may also identify other contacts of potential interest to executives and business advisors on a selective basis, as in the case of the following initial examples.  We work together with EDO's to share timely knowledge about the benefits of their areas as we serve potential investors and advisors who are responsible for business location or site selection decisions for foreign direct investment (FDI) or capital investment projects such as new factories or offices, expansion projects, business relocation, and consolidation of operations as in post-merger integration situations.

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Other sources of information

The following additional sources of information are included here for ease of reference.  Refer also to the list of US Government and related information sources for this or other countries.  Have you found other good sources, or local contacts for economic development and investment support?  Please let us know so that we may share them with others.

Source Website
JapanInvestor - news, largely about the financial markets
Japan Inc. - news about the IT industry in Japan
News on Japan
Japan Today
US Dept of State country information for the East Asia and Pacific region
American Embassy in Tokyo, US & Foreign Commercial Service office, which prepares the Country Commercial Guide
"Embassy Avenue" - links to sites of embassies in Japan
Executive Search Firms
Beaumont K.K. - based in Tokyo, works with foreign firms to find executives in Japan, including country representatives for SME's, high tech firms, market entry

 Jonathan Falconer    +81 3 5731 8575  Tokyo

Corporate Real Estate Firms

This section will be used  for convenience to highlight major corporate real estate firms with operations in the region.

See also the global CRE list, which can be used to find local offices of firms which may not be highlighted below.

We may also provide selective major property listings for the region, with links to the real estate firms and agents involved.

Colliers International - Tokyo, Osaka (Colliers Halifax)
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including 4 locations in Tokyo

Business Location Consultants, Project Management, Architecture, Engineering, Interior Design, and Construction

This section will be used to highlight major firms within the region, as well as global firms with significant experience in the region.

See also the selective global lists of location consultants and project management services.

Tax and Legal Consultants

This section will be used to highlight major firms within the region, as well as global firms with significant experience in the region.

See also the selective global lists of tax advisors and international legal advisors.

McKee Nelson LLP (has an alliance with Ernst & Young LLP)
WSGR - Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati  (note Silicon Valley practice, and cooperation with companies in Japan, China, and Taiwan, including the Deloitte & Touche Japanese practice in San Jose CA).
Banks       This list identifies major banks in the region for convenience.  See also the selective global list in the corporate development and finance section.
Japan Development Bank
Regional directories of area representatives (investment promotion agencies - IPA's, regional economic development organizations or agencies - RDA's, EDO's) and related contacts for the support of foreign direct investment - FDI - projects.
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