What is TEAM FUKUOKA? “It is a partnership among industry, academia and government aiming to attract international financial functions to Fukuoka City.”

To promote the concentration of future-oriented international financial functions, Team Fukuoka welcomes foreign-owned financial institutions and international human resources.


General Incorporated Association Kyushu Economic Federation  Chairman Yutaka Aso

General Incorporated AssociationKyushu Economic Federation Chairman Sumio Kuratomi

Striving for sustainable growth in Fukuoka and Kyushu through co-creating new values

Fukuoka has been a place with a progressive mindset since ancient times. In recent years, it has actively supported entrepreneurs through its status as a National Special Economic Zone for Global Startups and Job Creation, further demonstrating Fukuoka’s affinity for innovation. Taking advantage of this opportunity to create a new market with international finance and other global companies, we will cement the status of Fukuoka and Kyushu as a whole as a gateway to Asia.

Attracting global finance functions provides a great opportunity for not only Fukuoka but for the whole of Kyushu to grow together. Using the united strength of Kyushu as our secret weapon, let’s pave the way to the future and move Japan forward from Kyushu!

Fukuoka Mayor Soichiro Takashima

Fukuoka MayorSoichiro Takashima

Fukuoka, a City Full of Youthful Energy and a Challenging Spirit

Blessed with abundant nature and a full range of urban functions, Fukuoka City is regarded both within and beyond Japan as a comfortable place to live. Acting as host of the G20 Meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in 2019, Fukuoka City has also attracted attention from around the world.

In terms of business, with its innovative environment and added value coming from promoting the concentration of knowledge-creating industries, Fukuoka is known as Japan’s premier city for startups.

By adding the superior management resources of international financial functions to this mix, we are aiming to take Fukuoka City to its next stage of development. As one of Japan’s top cities in terms of its population growth and number of young people, Fukuoka is growing by leaps and bounds. Please take the opportunity to come and see Fukuoka for yourself!


Chairman GIA Kyushu Economic Federation Chairman Sumio Kuratomi
Vice-Chairman Fukuoka Prefecture Governor Seitaro Hattori / Fukuoka City Mayor Soichiro Takashima
Advisors GIA Kyushu Economic Federation Honorary chairman Yutaka Aso / National University Corporation, Kyushu University President Tatsuro Ishibashi / Fukuoka Prefectural Assembly Speaker Syoji Akita
Fukuoka Municipal Assembly Speaker Yoshito Ito / Fukuoka Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Hiromichi Tanigawa
Board of Directors Kyushu Electric Power Company President and CEO Kazuhiro Ikebe / Kyushu Railway Company President and CEO Toshihiko Aoyagi
Kyudenko Corporation President and CEO Naofumi Sato / Saibu gasu company,ltd. President and CEO Yukinori Michinaga
Nishi-Nippon City Bank, Ltd. Representative Director Hideyuki Murakami / Nishi-Nippon Railroad Company, Ltd. President and CEO Koichi Hayashida
The Bank of Fukuoka, Ltd. Representative Director, Chairman and President Takashige Shibato / Fukuoka Jisho Company, Ltd. President and CEO Ichiro Enomoto
Fukuoka Stock Exchange Chairman Nobuya Osa
Members Northern Kyushu Tax Accountants Association Chairman Michitaka Takebe / The Japanese Institute of Certified Public Accountants Northern Kyushu Chapter Chairman Hideki Chijimatsu / Fukuoka Bar Association Chairman Koji Ito

As of the end of November, 2021 Listed in Japanese alphabetic order


We aim to become a global city creating sustainable innovation.

  • Expand funding opportunities for local businesses and startups

  • International firms stimulate the local service economy

  • Retain global talent, including international students, in Fukuoka

  • Raise Fukuoka City’s profile in the international community

  • Enhance Fukuoka’s living environment and services, making life easier for internationals

Fukuoka’s integration of international financial functions

Foreign financial institutions and highly skilled professionals /
New technologies such as FinTech and Green Tech

“It is a diverse city with a global workforce”

“It is a vibrant city creating sustainable innovation”

“It is a city where anyone can live comfortably”

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