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About Innovation

Innovation is seen as the key to economic success in the country, given the scarcity of natural resources and its rapidly ageing population. A renewed focus on achieving this in both the private and public sectors makes Japan the ideal market for European companies to enter.

Aichi Prefecture

Main City: Nagoya

Population: 7,484,000 people, ranking 4/47 prefectures (2015) [1]

Area: 5,153 km2 [2]

Akita Prefecture

Main City: Akita

Population: 945,000 people ranking 38/47 (2021)

Area:  11,638 km2

 

Aomori Prefecture

Main City: Aomori

Population: 1,221,000 people, ranking 31/47 prefectures (2021)

Area: 9,645 km2

 

Geographical / Landscape description

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Chiba Prefecture

Main City: Chiba

Population: 6,224,000 people, ranking 6/47 prefecture (2021)

Area: 5,156.15 km²

 

Geographical / Landscape description

Chubu

Although the Chubu area only comprises about 10% of the national area in geographical terms, it accounts for 20% of the nationwide share in shipments of manufactured goods and is a catalyst driving Japanese economy with its manufacturing base.

Chugoku

The Chugoku Region is located in the western part of Japan. It borders the regions of Kyushu, Shikoku and Kansai, making it a transportation hub for all of western Japan.

Clusters

From the early 2000s to 2020, the MEXT and the METI actively promoted the “Knowledge Cluster Initiative” and the “Industrial Cluster Project” as a means to reinforce international competitiveness and regional development and accelerate the formation of clusters.

Ehime Prefecture

Main City: Matsuyama

Population: 1,386,000 people, ranking 28/47 prefecture (2015) [1]

Area: 5,676 km2 [2]

Fukui Prefecture

Main City: Fukui

Population: 787,000 people ranking 43/47 prefecture (2015) [1]

Area: 4,188 km2 [2]

Fukuoka Prefecture

Main City: Fukuoka

Population: 5,103,000 people, ranking 9/47 prefecture (2015) [1]

Area: 4,846 km2 [2]

Fukushima Prefecture

Main City: Fukushima

Population: 1,812,000 people, ranking 21/47 prefecture (2021)

Area: 13,784 km

Gifu Prefecture

Main City: Gifu

Population:  2,033,000 people ranking 17/47 prefecture (2015) [1]

Area: 10,621 km2 [2]

Guidelines for Special R&D costs Tax credit scheme

in May 2015, METI published revised guidelines for the Special R&D costs Tax credit scheme, necessitated by the tax reforms of the Abe government in April 2015.  The Special R&D costs Tax Reduction scheme is one of the R&D tax credit schemes where it is possible to cut part of the costs for experimental research.

In 2015, in order to promote open innovation in enterprises, the Abe Tax Reforms introduced a number of enlargements in this programme:

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Gunma Prefecture

Main City: Maebashi

Population: 1,927,000 people ranking 18/47 prefecture (2021)

Area: 6,363 km2

Hiroshima Prefecture

Main City: Hiroshima

Population: 2,845,000 people, ranking 12/47 prefectures (2015) [1]

Area: 8,476 km2 [2]

Hokkaido Prefecture

Main City: Sapporo                                                      

Hyogo Prefecture

Main City: Kobe

Population:  5,537,000 people, ranking 7/47 prefecture (2015) [1]

Area: 8,396 km2 [2]