A1: myfukuoka.com is a portal to information about Fukuoka Prefecture,Japan. Our goal is to make myfukuoka.com the most comprehensive collection of English information about Fukuoka. myfukuoka.com is a project of the Fukuoka Center for Overseas Commerce in America (FCOCA).
A2: Fukuoka is one of Japan’s 47 prefectures. It is located in southwestern Japan, on the northern part of Kyushu Island, just a short distance from the Korean peninsula. You can see Fukuoka’s location here.
A3: The Fukuoka Center for Overseas Commerce in America is part of the Government of Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. The mission of FCOCA is to create and support mutually beneficial relationships between companies and organizations in Fukuoka and North America.
A4: We are happy to add your site to myfukuoka.com after we review the content of the site to make sure it is appropriate for our audience. You can send us your site link with a brief description of the content by contacting us here.
A6: FCOCA is a foreign government agency. We are a division of the Government of Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan and fully funded by the Fukuoka Prefectural Government. Our office in Sunnyvale, California was established in 2003 to promote the development of business relationships between North American companies and companies in Fukuoka. We are not for profit, and we do not charge for our services.
A6: FCOCA does not make investments. Rather, we provide free services to assist North American companies with business development and business expansion in the Fukuoka region of Japan. In choosing a name for our organization, we have chosen to use the word Invest to reflect our firm belief that expanding your business to Fukuoka, either through a partnership or through the placement of an office or facility, is an investment in the future growth of your business. We are here to make sure your business investment is successful.
A7: FCOCA has an office in Sunnyvale, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley. However, we are happy to assist companies from across North America, and we regularly make trips to Canada, the East Coast, and other locations. Recent trips have included Vancouver, BC; Boston, MA; and Chicago, IL.
A8: When cost, opportunity, and convenience are considered, you will find that Fukuoka is your best choice in Japan. Japan is a relatively small country, and a flight from Tokyo to Fukuoka is about 1.5 hours. Actually, from Fukuoka, a 1.5 hour flight will also get you to Seoul, Shanghai, and Taipei. You can effectively cover all of Japan and a good part of Asia from one location!

You will save considerably on cost when locating to Fukuoka:

  • Industrial land cost in Fukuoka is 13% of costs in Tokyo
  • Commercial land is 21%
  • Office rent is 71%
  • Apartment rent is 56%
  • Average salaries are 79%

Fukuoka was selected hottest city by some popular magazine.

  • Frommer’s
  • Newsweek
  • MONOCLE
  • CNN GO

The most important point to consider, however, is the competitive risk associated with locating to Tokyo. You MUST find a reference customer to be successful in Japan. In Tokyo, you will be competing with numerous companies with little or no assistance from regional government. In Fukuoka, we assist you with obtaining your first reference customer so that you can successfully compete in the market and effectively build relationships with Japans major corporations. We advocate a Fukuoka-Test-Tokyo strategy: Establish a presence and find a reference customer in Fukuoka, test the market and your market strategy, and then use this knowledge to effectively compete in the Tokyo market when you are ready and your business can support the additional cost.

In other words, at FCOCA we help you establish a beachhead in the Japanese market at a fraction of the cost of Tokyo so that you can find a reference customer and grow your business effectively and at lower cost than your competition.