Subsidy Programme for Projects Promoting Asian Site Location in Japan
There are further subsidies for businesses establishing R&D Centres or regional headquarters. Under this subsidy program, eligible costs include those covering survey design, facilities, equipment and facility rental. Subsidy rates are up to 1/2 for SMEs, 1/3 for non-SMEs and 2/3 for projects in disaster-afflicted areas.
Source: JETRO, Subsidy Program: Asian Site Location, FY 2013
Companies selected for subsidies in fiscal year 2012 were BASF Japan Ltd., Comverge Japan K.K., Nippon Busch K.K. and Siemens Japan K.K.; all of whom plan to build R&D Centres in Japan.
Source: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Announcement of Projects Selected, FY 2013
Government Subsidy Programs
Government Subsidy Program for New Business Establishment in the Areas Recovering from Tsunami and Nuclear Disaster towards Employment Creation
This subsidy relates to business facilities for the manufacturing industry and business support service industry (call centres etc.) which can rejuvenate the areas affected by the tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster by stimulating job creation.
Costs associated with initial expenditure for office location (acquisition of land, construction of buildings etc.) and the installation of equipments are deemed eligible. Maximum subsidy rates are up to 2/3 for SMEs and ½ for non-SMEs.
JETRO, Subsidy Overview: New Business
JETRO, Guideline for Application to the Program
Subsidy Program for Projects Promoting Foreign Direct Investment, Site Location and Regional Development in Japan (Project of site location for global companies)
This annual subsidy program is intended to sustain and strengthen high-value-added business sites in Japan and to achieve sustainable growth of the Japanese economy by supporting the establishment of new high-value-added sites in Japan by global companies operating internationally, such as Regional Headquarters or R&D Sites, which have been proven to have a significant impact on the Japanese economy, and by strategically and proactively inviting and building high-value-added business functions that match the strength of the Japanese economy.
Check the pages at METI for more details and application procedures.