Virginia’s diverse economy and strong business climate provide a gateway to North America for Japanese companies.

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Yutaka (Tommy) Okutomi +81.3.5778.7568


Japanese companies will find easy access to the U.S. market with 47% of the U.S. population located within a one-day drive of Virginia. The Commonwealth’s strong transportation infrastructure ensures optimal access to major east/west and north/south interstate highways and rail lines, regional and international airports, and seaports.

Virginia’s exceptional logistics include:

  • Six interstate highways
  • Two Class 1 railroads – CSX and Norfolk Southern
  • 16 commercial airports serving Virginia, including Washington Dulles International
  • 3rd-largest port on the East Coast - The Port of Virginia

The Port of Virginia is planning for additional growth with major expansion projects currently underway, and is the only port on the East Coast authorized for 55-foot channel depths to handle the larger cargo ships of the future as first and last port of call. The Port of Virginia moved 2.8 million TEUs in 2017 – making Virginia an ideal location for import or export centers

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20,000 Japanese population in Virginia

Virginia is adjacent to Washington, D.C., and within 480 kilometers of New York City.

Virginia’s proximity to Washington, D.C., allows for quick access to U.S. Embassies and federal decision-makers. Nonstop service to Tokyo (Narita) is available on United Airlines and ANA from Dulles International Airport, located in Virginia.

In Virginia, you will find a business-friendly environment. More than 800 internationally owned companies are located here, and the international base continues to grow.

Virginia has a long history with Japanese companies and you will find a welcoming environment for Japanese executives and their families – with organizations in place such as the Japan-Virginia Society, founded in 1988 to develop international cooperation, cultural understanding and sensitivity, and trade and investment. Educational opportunities are also available at Japanese Saturday schools in Richmond and Newport News and the Japanese Cultural Association (JCA) at Virginia Tech.

Virginia has a competitive cost environment for business:

  • Electricity rates are below the U.S. average at 6.26 cents per kilowatt hour vs. 6.88 cents nationally
  • Unemployment insurance taxes are the 7th-lowest in the nation and 53% lower than the national average
  • Average workers' compensation costs among the nation’s lowest
  • Building costs that range from 6% to 21% below the national average, depending on the region



Canon Virginia, Newport News

Virginia ranks No. 6 in the U.S. in educational attainment – 38% of the population between ages 25-64 has a bachelor’s degree or higher.
U.S. Census

Virginia is ranked No. 4 by CNBC and No.4 by Forbes in their Best States for Business studies. The Commonwealth also ranked No. 3 in the Forbes study for regulatory environment, which looks at labor regulations, tax incentives, health insurance mandates, and occupational licensing.

Virginia’s biggest strength lies in the quality and productivity of its workforce. Virginia is a right-to-work state and, at 5.9%, has the ninth-lowest unionization rate in the country. Virginia is known for its world-class higher education system that provides a strong pipeline of new graduates from local and regional universities. The Virginia Community College System, comprising 23 community colleges, provides occupational and technical training programs, many of which are designed specifically to meet the needs of nearby industries.

Virginia ranked No. 7 as Safest State in America
U.S. News & World Report, 2018


Virginia is also a great place to live. Virginia’s diversity can be seen in its variety of landscapes, from Atlantic Coast beaches to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Virginia is home to a moderate four-season climate and provides a wealth of options for your employees to enjoy.

Japanese Companies with Virginia Locations

In the last 10 years, over $1.7 billion in capital investment has been announced by Japanese companies in Virginia. (Source:  fDi Markets)

Foreign investment accounts for more than 187,000 jobs in Virginia.

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Japanese companies employ more than 14,500 people in Virginia, including:

Japanese Companies in Virginia


For nearly three decades, Canon has enjoyed a special relationship with our friends in Virginia.

Toru Nishizawa President & CEO, Canon Virginia, Inc.