17-02-15 to 17-02-15 | 10:30 h - 11:30h GMT +1

Webinar 33: Opportunities for EU SMEs in Japan's Prefectures and Special Economic Zones

How Can SMEs take advantage of Japan’s newly established Special Economic Zones? Where are the opportunities?

In 2013, Japan’s recently elected government enacted an aggressive three-pronged growth strategy. The strategy, which consists of fiscal stimulus, monetary stimulus, and business law reforms, was received with much initial fanfare in both the press and the markets.

Article: 2020 Olympics in Tokyo

Article written by Nathalie Cavasin, NC Consulting, Tokyo, Japan – September 2013

Japan is preparing to host the 2020 Olympics in the capital of Tokyo. This will help to create new business opportunities here and raise again positively interest in Japan from abroad.

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Article: Why Europe and Japan need an EPA

Article written by Philippe Huysveld, CEO & Senior Consultant, GBMC (Global Business & Management Consulting), France - December 2013


There are numerous reasons for wishing to do business with or in Japan: according to the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Japan is a growing economy, a sophisticated market and an innovative hub. Japan has enormous potential to become a regional centre for R&D in Asia, and enjoys an unparalleled reputation for excellence in R&D among Western and Asian businesses. Japan also plays an important role as a “bridge nation” between the East and the West, connecting Asian enterprises and markets with the West.

Hokkaido Prefecture


Main City: Sapporo                                                      

Population: 5,384,000 people, ranking 8/47 prefecture (2015) [1]

Area: 83,456 km[2]

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Economic Overview

Third largest economy in the world, Japan had a GDP worth 5082 billion US dollars in 2019, a value that represented 4.22% of the world economy. The country is also a high-tech powerhouse economy in Asia: in fiscal year 2018, the expenditures on research and development (R&D) in Japan reached approximately 19.5 trillion Japanese yen, equating 3.6% of the country's GDP. Exports are an important growth driver of Japan, the external demand accounting for 18.5% of its total GDP in 2018.

Okinawa Prefecture


Main City: Naha

Population: 1,434,000 people, ranking 25/47 prefectures (2015) [1]

Area: 2,271 km2 [2]

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Kagoshima Prefecture


Main City: Kagoshima

Population: 1,649,000 people, ranking 24/47 prefectures (2015) [1]

Area: 9,132 km2 [2]

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Miyazaki Prefecture


Main City: Miyazaki

Population: 1,104,000 people ranking 36/47 prefecture (2015) [1]

Area: 7,735 km2 [2]

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