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SelectFlorida provides information and assistance to Japanese companies interested in establishing operations in Florida or identifying strategic partners in the state.

Providing Assistance to Japanese Companies

If you are a Florida company interested in exporting to the Japanese market, please click here.

Japan and Florida: A Strong and Growing Economic Partnership

Japan and Florida have maintained strong and mutually beneficial economic relationships for a long time. Through trade, scientific research investment, and cultural exchange, the people of Japan and Florida have been striving for many years to understand different cultures and strengthen relationships.

With a population of 22 million (third largest in the United States), Florida’s economy is home to a large number of Japanese companies. These companies have found Florida to be a convenient base for expanding into the southeastern United States and into the Latin America and Caribbean region, where more than 500 million people live. These economic connections are built on state-of-the-art communication network infrastructure and low communication costs.


Florida: A Magnet for International Companies Video

Florida: A Magnet for International Companies

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  • In 2022, the total bilateral merchandise trade between Florida and Japan was $6.6 billion, making it Florida’s 2nd largest bilateral merchandise trade partner in the Asia-Pacific region and 7th largest partner overall.
  • Florida exports to Japan totaled $636 million in 2022, making Japan the state’s 30th largest export market. Leading export commodities include vaccines, sulfonamides, heterocyclic compounds, chemical woodpulp, and personal paper goods.
  • Florida imports from Japan totaled $6 billion in 2022, making Japan Florida’s 2nd largest source for merchandise imports. Leading import commodities include cars, turbojets, cars, rubber tires, and watches.
Foreign Direct Investment
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Foreign Direct Investment

  • Based on the most recent statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Japan is the 6th largest foreign direct investor in Florida with Japanese-owned affiliates accounting for 22,400 Florida jobs. Japan’s ranking follows Switzerland (33,900) and precedes the Netherlands (17,100).
  • Asia-Pacific Ranking: Japan is also the #1 investor from the Asia-Pacific region in Florida, far outpacing Australia (7,300) and China (5,200).
  • Japanese affiliates in Florida are estimated to have had total holdings of USD $5.2 billion in 2020 (gross property, plant, and equipment).
  • According to SelectFlorida’s database of foreign-owned affiliates in Florida, there are nearly 200 Japanese-owned companies with close to 400 branch locations in Florida.
Community & Cultural Ties
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Community & Cultural Ties

Florida has a Sister-State Agreement with Wakayama Prefecture, as well as 10 Sister-City partnerships with Fujisawa, Gero, Imabari, Kagoshima, Kami, Miyazu, Nagano, Takamatsu, Urayasu and Moerenuma Park in Sapporo City. There are officially registered Saturday Japanese schools located in Miami, Jacksonville,  and Orlando, primarily for elementary and junior high school level, as well as a number of Japanese language classes and clubs.

Our Location

Our Location

SelectFlorida – Japan Office
INAC Bldg. 4F
5-18-23, Roppongi
Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032

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Kazumi Fujimoto Director 81-3-6697-6433
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