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Support program based on the Act on Formation and Development of Regional Industrial Clusters

Mechanisms of the Act on Formation and Development of Regional Industrial Clusters

  • To aim for the revitalization of regional industries by promoting the establishment of new business facilities and the like that utilize regional characteristics and strengths, a basic plan stipulating the regions (cluster zones) and industries (cluster industries) that the Council for Regional Industrial Development (a body formed primarily by prefectural and municipal governments) wants to attract is submitted to the government. If the government agrees to the plan, it will be eligible for support measures.
  • If a company falling under the category of a cluster industry has a plan for establishing new business facilities or a plan for making business innovation in the cluster zone approved by the prefectural governor, it may be eligible for incentives such as reduced capital investment tax (corporation tax) and the low-interest financing program offered by the Japan Finance Corporation.

Basic Plan for the Kobe City Area

The government has approved a basic plan for the Kobe city area stipulating the cluster zones and cluster industries below.

Medical, health care, and welfare industries(Agreed until fiscal 2014)

Cluster zones Port Island
Kobe Airport Island
Kobe Techno Logistic Park
Seishin Industrial Park
Kobe Science Park
Kobe High-Tech Park
Cluster industries (Groups as per Japan Standard Industrial Classification)

09 Manufacture of food
10 Manufacture of beverages, tobacco, and feed
(Excluding 105 Tobacco products)
11 Manufacture of textile products
13 Manufacture of furniture and fixtures
14 Manufacture of pulp, paper and paper products
15 Printing and allied industries
16 Manufacture of chemical and allied products
19 Manufacture of rubber products
21 Manufacture of ceramic, stone and clay products
23 Manufacture of non-ferrous metals and products
24 Manufacture of fabricated metal products
27 Manufacture of business oriented machinery
29 Manufacture of electrical machinery, equipment and supplies
54 Wholesale trade (machinery and equipment)
(Except for 542 Motor vehicles and 549-5491 Transportation equipment, except motor vehicles)
55 Miscellaneous wholesale trade
71 Scientific and development research institutes
72 Professional services, N.E.C.
74 Technical services, N.E.C.
(Except for 742 Engineering and architectural services)
91 Employment and worker dispatching services

New manufacturing and materials technology industries(Agreed until fiscal 2017)

Cluster zones

Port Island Phase II
Kobe Airport Island
Kobe Techno Logistic Park
Seishin Industrial Park
Kobe Science Park
Kobe High-Tech Park

Cluster industries
(Groups as per Japan Standard Industrial Classification)

09 Manufacture of food
11 Manufacture of textile products
12 Manufacture of lumber and wood products
13 Manufacture of furniture and fixtures
14 Manufacture of pulp, paper and paper products
16 Manufacture of chemical and allied products
18 Manufacture of plastic products
19 Manufacture of rubber products
21 Manufacture of ceramic, stone and clay products
22 Manufacture of iron and steel
23 Manufacture of non-ferrous metals and products
24 Manufacture of fabricated metal products
25 Manufacture of general-purpose machinery
26 Manufacture of production machinery
27 Manufacture of business oriented machinery
28 Electronic parts, devices and electronic circuits
29 Manufacture of electrical machinery, equipment and supplies
30 Manufacture of information and communication electronics equipment
31 Manufacture of transportation equipment
32 Miscellaneous manufacturing industries

Procedure for Plans for Establishing New Business Facilities and Plans For Making Business Innovation (Overview)

Low-interest Financing Program Offered by Japan Finance Corporation

  SME loans Micro business and individual loans
Interest rate EquipmentUp to 270 million yen → Special rate (3)

Over 270 million yen → Standard interest rate

OperationsStandard interest rate

EquipmentSpecial interest rate O (“Oh”)

OperationsStandard interest rate
Loan limit 720 million yen (250 million yen of which is for operations) 72 million yen (48 million yen of which is for operations)

*Actual loan subject to examination by Japan Finance Corporation.

Loans for Equipment Installation for Small Enterprises [Hyogo Economic Development Center]

Eligible applicants Small enterprises installing new machinery or equipment
A small enterprise is a business that:

has 20 employees or fewer (from 21 to 50 employees) if not in the commerce or service industries; or
has 5 employees or fewer (from 6 to 50 employees) if in the commerce or service industries.
Figures in parentheses are for applications fulfilling certain conditions.

Interest rate Interest free
Loan limit 50% of price of purchased equipment up to limit of 40 million yen (66% of price of purchased equipment up to limit of 60 million yen)
*Real estate security may be required depending on the results of the examination or if the amount of the loan exceeds 15 million yen.
Figures in parentheses are for applications fulfilling certain conditions.

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