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Expand your business to Japan through Fukuoka Prefecture

  • Alkaa: 15.10.2018

2018 Fukuoka Invitation Program for IoT related companies

Japanese governmental organization, JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization), and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry offer the great international program to provide business opportunities to Finnish companies for Japanese market via Fukuoka prefecture in Kyushu region.

Fukuoka prefecture is seeking for international business collaboration opportunities. Target field and countries are IoT related companies in Finland and Sweden, specifically they are interested in Oulu. The selected 6 companies from the both countries can participate in the business matching event, the networking party inviting major and local Japanese companies & universities , and study tour to IoT related facilities and local universities held in Fukuoka with 15-19 Oct 2018 travel period.

The transportation cost between Oulu and Fukuoka, and accommodation cost will be covered by Fukuoka prefecture and JETRO. Additionally, interpreter service will be provided. The selected companies need to cover other and their own costs such as meals and marketing materials.

Now, the application for this excellent program in Fukuoka is open!!

  • Application deadline: 24 Aug 2018
  • Announcement of the selected companies is planning in the beginning of Sep.
  • Targeting category: Any kinds of IoT related things (ex) products, technologies, services, applications and solutions

Fukuoka prefecture is famous for manufacturing, especially automobile, robotics and semiconductors. They expect to combine their manufacturing and advanced ICT technologies developed in Finland and Sweden in order to create future innovative businesses. Companies having strong interest in Japanese market are highly appreciated.

Agenda and more the details, please check the invitation program material.

If you have some questions and would like to get an application form, you can contact:

Fukuoka prefecture, JETRO Fukuoka or BusinessOulu:

Kazuhisa Mizota Fukuoka prefectural office,
Kouki Danno JETRO Fukuoka,
Mariko Uchino JETRO Fukuoka,
Takako Uchida, Coordinator for Japan in BusinessOulu

(Note) Only English emails are acceptable.

General facts about Fukuoka prefecture
Fukuoka prefecture located in Southern region of Japan called Kyushu region. Population of Fukuoka prefecture is about 5 million. They have direct flight with Helsinki for 3 times per week during summer season from May to Oct. Fukuoka prefecture is the gateway for Asia countries due to the short distance compared to other metropolitan towns in Japan and several transportation connections to Asia.

Recently, their capital city, City of Fukuoka with the 1.5 million populations is well-known as start-up city in Japan and eager for international business. Therefore, their start-up environment attracts the both of domestic and oversea start-ups . The 2nd key city in Fukuoka prefecture, Kitakyushu with 1 million populations, is famous for manufactures, specifically automobile industry and there is the biggest Nissan automobile factory there.

More than 99% are SMT companies in Fukuoka prefecture, but there is one of the world top Japanese companies, Yaskawa head office is located in Kitakyushu. Yaskawa is active for investment, for example, Yaskawa Finland oy has opened and acquired a robotics company, a marine electronics company and windmill generator company in Finland.