Hachioji City Industrial Promotion Division,
Business Development Section
Kengo Yoshimori (right)
Kazumi Sasaki (left)
In April 2015, Hachioji city became the first core city
in Tokyo. By utilizing its excellent accessibility, close proximity of homes with places of work, industry-academia collaboration, and rich nature, the city is actively making an effort to attract companies and aggregate manufacturing industries.
Core cities: A system that allows cities with large populations to do a part of prefectural office work. Those cities have authorities that follow government-designated cities.
Photo: Takaosan IC on the Ken-O Expressway
Hachioji city is located at the center of the Broad Tama area. It is close to the urban center, and is easily accessible by railways: the JR Chuo Line, the Yokohama Line, the Hachiko Line, and the Keio Line. It is also a transport hub of the Chuo Expressway, the Ken-O Expressway, National Route 20, and National Route 16. The potential of the city was further expanded when the section between the Sagamiharaaikawa IC and Takaosan IC on the Ken-O Expressway opened in June 2014, which connected the Tomei Expressway, the Chuo Expressway, and the Kan-Etsu Expressway.
A number of educational and research institutes exist in Hachioji city and its surrounding area, and about 110,000 students are learning at 23 universities and technical colleges. The city can be said to be a reservoir of human resources such as students, researchers, and engineers.
Therefore, Hachioji city is full of possibilities for finding business opportunities as a place to establish a base for broad business, and as a place to develop new businesses through industry-industry cooperation, and industry-academia collaboration.
Photo: Kita-Hachioji industrial complex
Within the Tama area, Hachioji city is a predominant industry agglomeration, of which the number of businesses is the largest, and product shipment is 6th.
In addition to research institutes of leading Japanese companies, many small and medium enterprises specializing in product development exist. One of the characteristics is an aggregation of electronic components, devices, and electronic circuit manufacturers, as well as machinery and appliance manufacturers (measurement instruments, analyzers, testers, etc.).
For these manufacturers, Hachioji city established a support measure for enhancing business establishment and retaining business agglomeration.
One example is a financial incentive system for new construction/expansion of business facilities, and additional installation of equipment. An incentive is equivalent to property tax, city planning tax, and business office tax and is given for three years.
There are four types of financial incentives mainly for manufacturers: “Business location / employment promotion incentive”, “Incentive for a landlord of local business site”, “Incentive for procurement of industrial site”, and “Incentive for installing facilities for development and production”.
From 2014, “Incentive for small business establishment in the city”, which is for small businesses in all types of industries, was newly implemented.
Photo: Tokyo Metropolitan University
By utilizing the characteristically large number of universities and research institutes in Hachioji city, industry-academia collaboration is also a point of focus. As part of a support measure, the city partially subsidizes companies’ R&D for product production and manufacturing, which is conducted in cooperation with universities and is aimed at improving technologies or adding higher value. Furthermore, the city operates the “development and communication plaza”, where advanced technology seminars are held, local information is transmitted, and support for inter-business communication/cooperation is provided. Another proud characteristic of Hachioji city is the aggregation of “industrial support organizations”. The city is making an effort to improve an integrated support system for companies through cooperation with the industrial support organizations in the Tama area, such as the “Cyber Silkroad Hachioji” that supports network construction and cultivation of industrial human resources for the future, and the “Greater Tokyo Initiative” that provides support for market development, overseas expansion, human resource cultivation, and R&D.
Photo: Hachioji city Industrial exchange and
business location guidebook in four languages
The Business Development Section published the “Hachioji city Industrial exchange and business location guidebook” in 2014, in order to widely introduce the location environment and support system of the city. For facilitating international economic exchanges between businesses in the city and foreign businesses, the booklet was prepared in four languages: Japanese, English, Korean, and Chinese.
“We are eager to transmit the appeal of Hachioji city nationwide as well as worldwide. Please do not hesitate to contact us regarding the business site and support system in the city, if you are interested in establishing a business in Hachioji city”, said the person responsible.