Japanese Business in Southern California

More than 700 Japanese companies are located in Southern California, one of the highest concentrations of Japanese businesses operating outside of Japan in the world. The economic impact of Japanese businesses in Southern California is particularly significant because Japanese companies tend to enter the U.S. market by establishing new facilities and hiring new employees rather than by acquiring existing businesses. Our survey shows that 88% of Japanese companies entered the U.S. market by starting new entities.

Contribution to Local Economy

Our survey shows that at least 17 Japanese companies in Southern California had annual revenue of $1 billion or more, and 62 Japanese companies had revenue of $100 million or more in 2011. The 453 Japanese companies who responded to our survey also created approximately 50,000 jobs in Southern California.

Diverse Industry

The Japanese companies operating in Southern California reflect the diversity and breadth of the Southern California economy and include manufacturing, services, wholesale/retail, trading, and transportation. The Japanese companies in the service industry include information systems, film/publishing, leisure/tourism, professional services, and other businesses.

Geographic Presence

Most Japanese companies in Southern California are based in Los Angeles County, followed by Orange County and San Diego County. Torrance, which is a well-established hub to many Japanese companies, is the city that is home to most Japanese companies, followed by Los Angeles, Irvine, and Gardena. Our survey shows that at least 17 Japanese companies in Southern California had annual revenue of $1 billion or more, and 62 Japanese companies had revenue of $100 million or more in 2011. The 453 Japanese companies who responded to our survey also created approximately 50,000 jobs in Southern California.