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Invest Japan Office

1. Invest Japan Office

On March 27, 2003, the Japan Investment Council (JIC) approved a report by the JIC Expert Committee stating as follows: The government should “translate into English various types of information on investment procedures, such as those related to the establishment of corporations, M&As, and the establishment of plants and store outlets, and set up a single contact point in the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) for access to such information. To complement its services, each ministry or institution related to investment should set up its own contact point that can indicate the division in charge of a particular procedure, and create a website where investors can obtain necessary information.” In accordance with this statement, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) established the Invest Japan Office, which came into operation on May 27, 2003.

Ahead of other ministries, METI also set up on July 1, 2004, an Invest Japan Office in each METI regional bureau and in the Economy, Trade and Industry Department of the Okinawa General Bureau to provide effective support for foreign firms and investors interested in investing in each region.

2. Services

The Invest Japan Offices provide services in response to the following requests and inquiries:

  • Request for investment information, such as market information and investment policies
  • Request for guidance on licensing application procedures related to investment
  • Complaints about the handling of inquiries under the procedure for prior confirmation of application of investment-related laws (so-called No-Action Letter system) mainly from inquirers
  • Other inquiries about investment
< Inquiry procedure>

Inquiries are accepted by any means, including telephone, fax, e-mail, and visits to the Invest Japan Office. Inquiries by proxy are also accepted. However, an inquirer must identify his/her name and address (the company name and address if the inquirer is a corporation), along with a description and reason for the inquiry. An inquirer is also required to present specifics of the potential or planned investment involved.


The Invest Japan Office usually replies to an inquiry within ten days from the date of its acceptance (excluding weekends and holidays). However, this reply period may be extended for licensing applications if the standard processing period is otherwise specified or if careful consideration is needed before decision. Please also note that the Office may not be able to reply to an inquiry if the basis on which decision can be made is insufficient or if any lawsuits against a similar project are in progress.

3. METI Invest Japan Offices

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  • Trade and Investment Facilitation Division, Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

    13F West 5, METI Main Building, 1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901
    Tel: 03-3501-1662   Fax: 03-3501-2082
    E-mail: invest-japan★meti.go.jpMail Link

  • (Hokkaido)
    International Affairs Division, General Coordination and Policy Planning Department, Hokkaido Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry

    Sapporo Government Office Bldg. No.1, North 8, West 2, Kita-ku, Sapporo 060-0808
    Tel: 011-709-1752   Fax: 011-709-1798
    E-mail: invest-japan-hokkaido★meti.go.jpMail Link

  • (Aomori, Iwate, Akita, Miyagi, Yamagata and Fukushima)
    International Affairs Division, Industrial Department, Tohoku Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry

    3-3-1 Honcho, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8403
    Tel: 022-221-4907  Fax: 022-223-2658
    E-mail: invest-japan-tohoku★meti.go.jpMail Link

  • (Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Niigata, Nagano, Yamanashi and Shizuoka)
    International Affairs Division, Industries Department, Kanto Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry

    Saitama-shintoshin Joint Government Bldg. No.1, 1-1 Shintoshin, Chuo-ku, Saitama 330-9715
    Tel: 048-600-0261  Fax: 048-601-1306
    E-mail: invest-japan-kanto★meti.go.jpMail Link

  • (Toyama, Ishikawa, Aichi, Gifu and Mie)
    International Exchange Office, International Affairs Division, Economic Policy Department, Chubu Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry

    2-5-2 Sannomaru, Naka-ku, Nagoya 460-8510
    Tel: 052-951-4091  Fax: 052-961-7698
    E-mail: invest-japan-chubu★meti.go.jpMail Link

  • (Fukui, Shiga, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Nara and Wakayama)
    International Investment Promotion Division, International Affairs Department, Kansai Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry

    1-5-44 Ohtemae, Chuo-ku, Osaka 540-8535
    Tel: 06-6966-6033  Fax: 06-6966-6087
    E-mail: invest-japan-kansai★meti.go.jpMail Link

  • (Okayama, Hiroshima, Shimane, Tottori and Yamaguchi)
    Industrial Promotion Division, Industries Department, Chugoku Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry

    Hiroshima Government Office Bldg. No. 2, 6-30 Kamihatchobori, Naka-ku, Hiroshima 730-8531 
    Tel: 082-224-5638  Fax: 082-224-5642
    E-mail: invest-japan-chugoku★meti.go.jpMail Link

  • (Kagawa, Tokushima, Ehime and Kochi)
    International Affairs Division, Industries Department, Shikoku Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry

    Takamatsu Sunport National Government Bldg., 3-33 Sunport, Takamatsu 760-8512
    Tel: 087-811-8525  Fax: 087-811-8556
    E-mail: invest-japan-shikoku★meti.go.jpMail Link

  • (Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Oita, Kumamoto, Miyazaki and Kagoshima)
    International Investment Promotion Division, International Affairs Department, Kyushu Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry

    First Fukuoka Government Office Bldg., 2-11-1 Hakataeki-higashi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka 812-8546
    Tel: 092-482-5426  Fax: 092-482-5321
    E-mail: invest-japan-kyushu★meti.go.jpMail Link

  • (Okinawa)
    Commerce and Distribution Division, Economy, Trade and Industry Department, Okinawa General Bureau

    Second Naha Government Office Bldg. No. 2, 2-1-1 Omoromachi, Naha, 900-0006
    Tel: 098-866-1731  Fax: 098-860-3710
    E-mail: invest-japan-okinawa★meti.go.jpMail Link

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Last updated:2015-06-29
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