How to Start a Business in Japan: Spotlight on Shiga

(Shiga Prefecture business support services for solopreneurs and SMEs of all shapes and sizes)

 Whether you’re looking to start a business in Japan’s Shiga prefecture, or grow an SME already located in beautiful Kansai, this growing list of resources should help. Want me to feature you on this list? Please reach out. 

Page Updated: April 5, 2021

Starting a Business in Shiga?

Ask the Government

Get help from prefectural establishments geared interested in attracting and keeping SMEs in Shiga.

Look to Private Industry

Work with those already in the trenches and develop the resources that will help you and Hyogo grow together.

Location Resources

If you need physical office or manufacturing space for your business in Japan, Shiga has tech and industrial parks, and plenty of other commerical real estate to assist you in your venture.

Starting from Scratch?

Working on a Startup in Shiga? Let’s see who is here to help you pull that off.

How to Start a Business in Shiga

(Shiga Prefecture’s ten biggest cities: Ōtsu, Kusatsu, Nagahama, Higashiōmi, Hikone, Kōka, Ōmihachiman, Moriyama, Rittō, and Konan)
How to Start a Business in Japan, Spotlight on Shiga
Doc Kane, Nihon Hustle

Howdy, all, I’m Doc. I live in the beautiful port city of Kobe, JAPAN. I launched this site to help others interested in working with, or starting, a business in Japan.

We all wear different hats, my job is to help you find the one that fits you best. Thanks for reading, and go get ’em!

Entrepreneurial Business Support, and Brainstorming Prompts to Help You Start a Business in Shiga Prefecture

Labor Force (2015)

Number of Establishments (2014)

More Shiga Area Business Resources

Business Incentives in Shiga

Real Estate and Finance in Shiga

Travel to Shiga | Life in Shiga

Get detailed information on 760 business services companies in Shiga, 110 government offices, and 11 non-profits including financial statements, sales and marketing contacts, top competitors, and firmographic insights at Dun & Bradstreet. 

Want to explore business opportunities in all eight regions of Japan? Visit our regional resource collections below. (Only Kansai is live at the moment, more coming as things develop throughout 2021!)

Japan Kyushu Map
Japan Kansai Map
Japan Chubu Map
Japan Kanto Map
Japan Tohoku Map
Japan Hokkaido Map

Start Your Business in the Kansai Region’s  Shiga Today.

Hello Otsu (Otsu Tourism Promotional Video)


Passion for Otsu 滋賀県大津市 - Youngest Woman Mayor in Japan : Naomi Koshi

Naomi Koshi

Let’s Build Something Together

Shiga is my wife’s home prefecture! I’ve done my best to include a variety of resources here that might help you launch, or grow a business in our beautiful Kansai region, but if I’ve missed something, or if you’re looking for something in particular, please reach out and I’ll see what I can do to help.


I need help recruiting experienced and new staff...

Throughout 2020, I’ll be fleshing out these individual sections on each prefectural page. In this section I’m going to cover mid-career recruiting here in Japan, as well as some of the work I’m doing with my service.

If you’re a recruiter, and would like to be interviewed for this page, or are interested in sponsoring this section, please reach out via the Nihon Hustle contact form on the left side of this page.


What industrial clusters are common in Shiga?

There numerous industrial clusters throughout the Kansai / Shiga region. Below are a few of our more prominent sectors:

◇ A cooperative effort in Shiga between companies, universities, medical institutes, financial institutes, and the government, is umbrellaed under the concept of “Shiga Health Special Zone.”

◇ Manufacturing, R&D, and environmental / sustainablility operations are also widespread, while not necessarily clustered.


What are some of the largest overseas firms in Shiga?

Over time, I’ll build this resource out, but here are a number of companies you can focus on for now:

  • Japan Vilene
  • Bayer Yakuhin
  • Croda Japan
  • RECARO, Japan
  • Amphenol, Japan
  • The Procter & Gamble Company
  • Kyocera
  • Amphenol
  • IOXUS, Japan
  • Taitoh trading
  • AstraZeneca
  • Illinois Tool Works
  • Deloitte
  • Mayfran
Are there venture funds, or private investors for startups in the area?

Members of the Japan Venture Capital Association are understandably active throughout the Kansai region, including Shiga. Below are a few VC firms that consistently pop up on the radar in Osaka and in nearby Hyogo. If you would like to be listed here, or are interesting in our sponsorship package, just reach out using the Nihon Hustle contact form on the left of this page.

Do you have any prefecture-agnostic (but specific) resources available?

Yes! On our resources page you can find all sorts of research, case studies, guides, stories, and links that might help you further research your market here in Japan.

Do you recommend any tools for businesses?

I do, actually. All of the tools I use personally in my business, or that I have reviewed and tested, are on my Toolbox page.

Need to book a business hotel in Otsu, or elsewhere in Shiga?
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Cover photo of Lake Biwako in Shiga prefecture by Hiroko Yoshii on Unsplash.