Japan and Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu has over 620 Japanese companies making it the home for the second largest number of Japanese companies in India.

Tamil Nadu and Kanagawa Perfecture signed a Memorandum of Understanding for greater economic co-operation between the two regions in 2014.

Over 14 Japanese companies signed MoUs with the government of Tamil Nadu to invest over USD 0.5 billion in January 2019.

The cumulative Japanese FDI in Tamil Nadu is estimated to be over USD 1.8 bn.

Tamil Nadu houses 3 of the 12 Japan Industrial Townships (JITs) as part of the “Japan-India Investment Promotion Partnership”.

Tamil Nadu accounts for 20% of the Japanese manufacturing output in India, which is highest in the country.

Yamaha Motors India established the Yamaha Motor NTTF Training Centre, the first Japan–India Institute for Manufacturing(JIM) in Chennai.

In terms of sectoral spread, Japanese investors have invested in Industrial equipment, Automotive OEM, Automotive components and many other sectors.

Japan and Tamil Nadu - Cultural Similarities

Japanese expatriates and businesses alike have found reason to call Tamil Nadu home, leading to great cultural exchange.

Chennai in particular is home to the largest Japanese expat community in India.

Tamil Nadu has exclusive Japanese language training centers as the language has gained a lot of momentum amongst Engineering colleges.

Fuji Japanese, Hokkaido are famous Japanese Restaurants providing an authentic Japanese dining experience.

Major Partner Associations

Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO): Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) was established to promote mutual trade and investment between Japan and India. Its primary function being data dissemination, providing market intelligence and supporting relevant business events to encourage new businesses between the two countries.

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA): is one of the most important development partner organizations set up to assist technical cooperation for development planning, loan and grant aid.

Sectoral breakup of FDI from Japan to Tamil Nadu (2003-20 US bn)

Diplomatic Missions

H.E Mr.Kenji Hiramatsu

Ambassador, Japanese Embassy in New Delhi, India

Plot No.4&5, 50 G, Shantipath

Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110 021

Phone 011-2687-6581


H.E Mr.Sanjay Kumar Verma

Ambassador, Indian Embassy in Tokyo, Japan

2-2-11 Kudan Minami, Chiyoda-ku,

Tokyo - 102-0074, Japan

Phone (+81)3-3262 2391 – 97


H.E Mr.Masayuki Taga

Consul General

Japanese Consulate

12/1 Cenetoph Road, First Street Teynampet, Chennai 600 018

Phone 044-2432 386


Japanese companies in Tamil Nadu


Samvardhana Motherson

Motherson Sumi Systems Ltd. was established in 1986 and is part of the Motherson Group. Motherson Sumi Systems Ltd. is a joint venture between Samvardhana Motherson International Ltd of India and Sumitomo Wiring Systems Ltd. of Japan. accounting for 70% of the group's revenue in 2012.

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Yamaha Motor Company Limited is a Japanese manufacturer of motorcycles, marine products such as boats and outboard motors, and other motorized products. The company was established in 1955 upon separation from Yamaha Corporation, and is headquartered in Iwata, Shizuoka, Japan.

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Fujitec Co., Ltd. is founded by late Honorary Chairman, Mr. Shotaro Uchiyama in February 1948 for the purpose of research and development, manufacturing, sales, installation and maintenance of elevators, escalators and travellators.

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Oji Paper

Oji Holdings Corporation is a Japanese manufacturer of paper products. In 2012 the company was the third largest company in the global forest, paper and packaging industry. The company's stock is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and the stock is constituent of the Nikkei 225 stock index.

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MirraCo is a rider-owned BMX company founded by the sport's most famous athlete, Dave Mirra.

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Toshiba JSW Power Systems is a joint venture between Toshiba Corporation, Japan (Toshiba) and JSW Group, India (JSW) was initially incorporated to manufacture and market super-critical Steam turbines and Generators for Thermal Power Plants. The facility is located at Manali, about 18 kilometers north of central Chennai, Tamil Nadu with a ground area of approximately 400,000 square meter.

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Hitachi Automotive Systems, a Japanese multinational company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan is a leading manufacturer of electric powertrain systems, engine management systems. They have manufacturing plant in Kanchipuram , Tamil Nadu.

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Takasago International Corporation is a major international producer of flavours and fragrances headquartered in Japan, with presence in 27 countries and regions worldwide.

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