Business Support

Support System

A variety of support is provided to foreign and foreign-affiliated firms that expand their operation to Kobe.

[Basic requirements of foreign and foreign affiliated companies]
①Companies founded under foreign laws
②Companies founded under the Japanese law with 1/3 or more of the capital investments of foreign corporations
Each support system has eligibility requirements imposed by Hyogo Prefectural Government, Kobe City Government and the JETRO.
  • Office Rent Subsidy System

    〔Kobe City〕
    ・ Area : All areas of Kobe City
    ・ Subsidy amount : Up to 25 % of rent (utilities and taxes excl.)
    ・ Maximum amount :
    JPY ¥1,500/m2 per month; JPY ¥10,000,000 per year
    ・ Maximum subsidy period : 3 years
     (5 years when a space of 1,500m2 and more is rented)

    〔Hyogo Prefecture〕
    ・ Area : Kobe International Economic Zone
    ・ Subsidy amount : Up to 25 % of rent (utilities and taxes excl.)
    ・ Maximum amount : JPY ¥750/m2 per month; JPY ¥1,000,000 per year
      (JPY ¥1,500/m2 per month; JPY ¥10,000,000 per year if 11 or more new full-time employees are hired)
    ・ Maximum subsidy period : 3 years

  • Additional Subsidy for Employment[Kobe City]

    ・Requirement: Five or more permanent employees (Kobe citizens)
    ・Maximum amount: JPY ¥100 million.

    Additional Subsidy for Employment

    *1 Unemployment insurance and other requirements apply.
    *2 City area around Sannomiya station, Shin-Kobe, Motomachi. Kobe, Port Island, etc.

  • Employment Subsidy [Hyogo Prefecture]

    ・Requirement : 11 or more new permanent employees (Hyogo citizens)
    ・Maximum subsidy : JPY ¥300,000 per person
    ・Maximum amount : JPY ¥300 million

  • Prefectural Corporate Enterprise Tax Reduction [Hyogo Prefecture]

    ・ Area : All areas of Kobe City
    ・ Reduction rates *1 : A 1/4 of prefectural corporate enterprise tax
    ・ Period : 5 years
    ・ Requirements *2 : 11 or more new permanent employees

    *1, 2 : A 1/3 of prefectural corporate enterprise tax reduction is applicable if a space of 1,000m2 or more is utilized in Kobe International Economic Zones (employment requirement is not applicable).

  • Company Start-up Support [Hyogo Prefecture]

    Subsidy for Corporation Registration Fee
    ・ Area : Kobe International Economic Zone
    ・ Maximum subsidy : 50% of qualifying expenses
    ・ Maximum amount : JPY ¥200,000

    Subsidy for Market Research Fee
    ・ Area : Kobe International Economic Zone
    ・ Maximum subsidy : 50% of qualifying expenses
    ・ Maximum amount : JPY ¥1,000,000

  • Navigator System [Kobe City and JETRO Kobe]

    At no charge, we can provide initial professional consultations regarding Japanese corporation and branch registration procedures, residence qualifications, social insurance, accounting, tax payment and other topics. We can also provide free translation and interpretation services in relation to the above.

  • Free Temporary Offices [JETRO Kobe]

    Companies moving to the City of Kobe or Hyogo Prefecture may be provided with a temporary office space free of charge.

    ・ Maximum use period : approx. 3 months

    Note 1 : You may be required to provide a security deposit before moving in.This deposit will be refunded to you at the end of the contract period.
    Note 2 : The above subsidy programs have additional eligibility requirements. Please inquire for details.

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