Japanese Companies Thrive in America


Japanese Firms in North Carolina


People Working for Japanese Companies


in Capital Investment in North Carolina

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Toyota Announces $8B Expansion at its North Carolina-Based EV Battery Plant 

Toyota will invest an additional $8 billion in its first North American EV battery manufacturing facility, adding another 3,000 jobs. The project was first announced as a $1.29 billion investment in 2021, with expansions in 2022 and 2023. 

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Dai Nippon Printing Selects Davidson County For Its First US Operation

Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP), a lithium-ion battery pouch manufacturer, will create 352 new jobs in Davidson County. The company will invest $233 million to build its first US advanced manufacturing facility in the City of Linwood.

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Kyowa Kirin to Invest $200 Million for Manufacturing Complex in Lee County

The company will create 102 jobs to support the manufacturing of biologic products for targeted clinical and commercial use, create more resilient and efficient supply lines, and support the training of Kyowa Kirin’s global manufacturing workforce.

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Japanese Investment by the Numbers 

Country in NC for Announced Capital Investment and New Jobs
Billion in Goods Imported from Japan (2023) 
New and Expanding Japanese Companies Since 2014
New Jobs From Japanese Companies Since 2013 
Japanese Immigrants Live in North Carolina
Universities with a Japanese Studies Program
Japanese Gardens

Strategic Location 

With population of 10 million that ranks 9th in the country, North Carolina is strategically positioned in the middle of the United States’ East Coast. The state has mild climate and four seasons, much like Tokyo, which is on the same latitude. 

Proximity map of NC

#1 FDI Partner 

Japan leads all countries in capital investment (67 firms investing nearly $18 billion) and new jobs created (9,000 since 2014) in North Carolina. It also exported $2.5 billion in goods ranging from machinery and electronics to vehicles and parts. 

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North America’s Largest Research Park 

The Research Triangle Park contains 375 companies with more than 50,000 employees. Nearby, three Tier 1 research universities partner with Japanese companies like Fujifilm, JSR Life Sciences, and Sumitomo Pharmaceuticals on research initiatives. 

The researchers are conducting an experiment

Speed to Market 

You don’t have to navigate complicated tax structures or bureaucratic red tape to do business in North Carolina. We have a top business tax environment and are full of resources for all permitting, licensing, and other regulation questions. 

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Japanese Companies Prosper in North Carolina 

Some prominent Japanese companies that have already established themselves in this state include: 

AISIN Corporation

Asahi Kasei Corporation

Astellas Pharma Inc.

Bridgestone Corporation

Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.

DENSO Corporation

FUJIFILM Corporation

Honda Motor Co., Ltd.


TOYOTA MOTOR Corporation




At A Glance

Governor Roy Cooper State Capital Raleigh
Population 10.6 Million GSP US $541.9 Billion
Time Difference with Japan -14 hours (-13 hours in Summer) Area 139,000km (Approximately 56% of Honshu)
State Abbreviation NC State Nickname Tarheel State
National Park Great Smoky Mountains Memorial Hall Write Brother’s National Memorial (Kill Devil Hill)

NASCAR Hall of Fame (Charlotte)

State Bird Cardinal State Flower Dogwood
State Tree Pine (Long Leaf Pine) Highest Peak in the State Mount Mitchell (Approx. 2,037m)
Average Temperature in Raleigh Summer 25° C

Winter 6° C

Latitude 34 to 36 Degrees North Latitude (Almost the same as Tokyo, so similar seasons and climate.)

“North Carolina offers the ideal conditions for our investment, including infrastructure, a skilled workforce, and a favorable business climate. We greatly appreciate the community’s warm welcome.” 

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Korey Howard

Director of Business Development,
Japan and Korea