Japan

Tokyo

Early-Globalization Phase

With its sophisticated technologies, highly skilled talent, universities and research institutes, and the vibrant dynamism which generates new cultural trends, Tokyo allows you to realize your ideas in the best of forms.

Takahiro Matsushita
Director General, Office for Strategic Policy and ICT Promotion, Tokyo Metropolitan Government

Sub-sector Strengths

Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics

Japan is the world´s predominant industrial robot manufacturer and produces more than half of the global supply. Japan Robot Association, the world’s first trade association for robots was formed in Tokyo in 1971 with members such as Denso, Hitachi, Sony, Toshiba, Yamaha Motors, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Electric, etc. ispace technologies, a space resource exploration company which uses micro-robots, raised $90 million in a Series A round.

Fintech

Tokyo is ranked the fifth most competitive financial center in the world according to the Global Financial Centers Index and is home to biggest banks in Japan including Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, and Mizuho Financial Group. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has put together a “Global Financial City: Tokyo” Vision and launched FinTech Business Camp Tokyo, a Fintech-focused government accelerator program. In 2018, Folio, a brokerage platform, raised $79 million in a Series A round.

Why you should invest in Tokyo

SOFTWARE STARTUP OUTPUT
800-1,200
GLOBAL AVG.
1,010
ECOSYSTEM VALUE
$14 bn
GLOBAL AVG.
$5 bn
Top 10 Global Ecosystem
Knowledge
Top 20 Global Ecosystem
Adv. Manufacturing & Robotics
1
Exit Growth
INDEX
5
Output Growth
INDEX
3
Funding Growth
INDEX

Reasons to move your startup to Tokyo

EARLY-STAGE FUNDING PER STARTUP
$336 k
GLOBAL AVG.
$284 k
TOTAL EARLY-STAGE FUNDING
$282 m
GLOBAL AVG.
$837 m
SOFTWARE ENGINEER SALARY
$55.5 k
GLOBAL AVG.
$58.3 k

Business Camp Tokyo

An accelerator programme for innovative non-Japanese startups (Industry 4.0 & Fintech) to accelerate their business expansion into Japan’s market via Tokyo.

J- Startup Program

Launched by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to incubate startups with resources from large companies, venture capital firms, and accelerators. The program also allows startups to participate in government procurement programs.

Startup Community

Startup Genome
Partners & Members

MEMBER
Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Cabinet Office, Government of Japan

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