Support for Entry Into Farming

FIPO works with municipalities, relevant agencies, and local farmers to support entry into the farming industry by companies in an effort to build a new agriculture industry in the 15 municipalities covered by the Fukushima Innovation Coast Framework and build a wide-area food supply base that includes high-value-added, high-income farming and “sixth industrialization” (not only producing but processing and selling products).


(1) FIPO Support Programs for Entry into Farming (in 15 Municipalities of the Innovation Area)

・Information sessions on starting a farm, entry seminars for businesses, on-site tours, online information sessions, etc.

・Individual consultation and mediation with relevant agencies, including the prefecture or municipality

・On-site guidance

・Support for on-site prototype production, etc.

Recent Achievements

2020 2021 2022
Follow-up on 13 companies
considering entry into agriculture
14 companies 24 companies 35 companies
(as of February)
On-site guidance 8 companies,
13 sessions
10 companies,
12 sessions
10 companies/16 sessions(as of February)
On-site tours Suspended due to the
COVID-19 pandemic
4 companies,
7 people
6 companies,
11 people

(2) Recent Participants

Nakata Farm Co., Ltd.
Leek Production and Increased Winter Shipments in Namie and Tomioka

Company Name Nakata Farm Co., Ltd.
Industry Agriculture
Representative Koji Nakata
Address Koriyama, Fukushima
Incorporated 2015/7/1
Number of Employees 25 (4 full-time)
Capital 18 million yen
Sales 74 million yen
Items Produced Leeks (scallions, ippon negi onions), wet-land rice

Profile of Koji Nakata


Born in Koriyama in 1976, Koji Nakata is the eldest son of a family of farmers. He studied business at the Tokyo University of Agriculture, then took over the family business in 2005 at the age of 29. Though the farm had originally produced only rice and strawberries, Nakata increased the number of crops grown and expanded production through active market development. The farm was incorporated in 2015.
A philosophy of “growing what the market demands rather than what we want to grow” has led the production of highly profitable leeks, with a current focus on contract farming of scallions and ippon negi onions.

Land Chosen by an Expert Leek Grower


With annual scallion and ippon negi shipments of roughly 250 tons, Nakata Farm in the city of Koriyama is an expert in leeks, with raw and processed products distributed not only in Fukushima but also in the Tokyo Metropolitan area and Tokai region, including use of their scallions, which feature tasty leaves, in a major udon noodle restaurant chain. However, since growing leeks only in the city of Koriyama would reduce shipment volume during winter, the company has expanded into Hamadori, a region blessed with good weather even in winter, to start production in the towns of Namie and Tomioka.

■ Participation in Agriculture in 12 Municipalities of Hamadori Area (as of January 2023)

Location of Entry Namie, Tomioka
Date of Entry April 2022 (Namie), mid-2023 (Tomioka)
Size of Entry 9 hectares (Namie), 3 hectares (Tomioka)
Items Cultivated Leeks (scallions, ippon negi onions)

Expanding to Hamadori and Increasing Production

Given the difficulty of producing cash crops during winter in Koriyama, the company began seeking farmland in a location that was relatively mild even in winter and was introduced to farmland in the town of Namie at just the right time. The biggest reason was the stable climate during winter in the Hamadori area.


Struggle Experience in Expansion


A major appeal of the Hamadori area was that it solved the problem of land consolidation, usually the biggest hardship in farming. However, securing warehouses and sorting centers on a scale required for corporate farming was difficult, and the complexity of farmland conversion and other legal procedures was a major bottleneck. There are also challenges when it comes to securing labor.

Future Plans

We plan to increase the total area for leek production in Namie and Tomioka to 18 hectares by 2025. This is a large area for a leek farmer, but considering the fact that there are 22,000 hectares of fallow soil across the twelve municipalities, this area being used effectively is small, so we hope to use this land to grow crops other than leeks (grazing grass, soybeans, wheat, etc.) in the future.


Initiatives by Nakata Farm


Agriculture is a trade in which skill is converted into money. Considering the current international situation where the cost of fertilizers dependent on imports is rising, we wonder whether it is possible to make alternative fertilizers using unused resources or alternative resources, for example, devising and developing methods using compost, chicken manure, bamboo, sake lees, and more.

(Interview in January, 2023)

CTI Ascend Co., Ltd. Entered in 2021. Headquartered in the city of Soma, Saitama Prefecture, where they have commenced trial cultivation of corn (using FIPO’s Support for Entry Into Farming).
Flower Farm Namie by Koei Densetsu Co., Ltd.
On-site tour conducted in 2022. Headquartered in Tokyo and produces flowers.
Sky Earth(株)
Sky Sky Earth Co., Ltd. Entered in 2020. Headquartered in Namie, Gunma Prefecture, where they have commenced production of leeks.
(Uses the Support for Entry Into Farming Project by FIPO)

(3) Comprehensive Support for Entry into a Farming

Support systems are available for companies who wish to enter the farming industry. Please contact us for more information.

Comprehensive Support for Agricultural Reconstruction in Disaster-Stricken Areas
(Grant for Accelerating Revitalization Efforts in Fukushima)

  • ・This project provides comprehensive support for the development of agricultural facilities and installation of farm equipment to be lent by municipalities to farmers in areas affected by the nuclear disaster and is designed to help foster, secure, and resume farming at an early stage among a diverse variety of motivated local business entities.
  • ・Subsidizes 3/4 of the amount eligible for aid

Support Project for Farmers in the 12 Municipalities Affected by the Nuclear Disaster

  • ・Provides support for the installation of farm equipment, facilities, and livestock required for resuming agriculture in the 12 municipalities* affected by the nuclear disaster.
  • ・Subsidizes up to 3/4 of a maximum amount of ¥10 million (up to ¥30 million when approved by the municipality)

**Tamura, Minamisoma, Kawamata, Hirono, Naraha, Tomioka, Kawauchi, Okuma, Futaba, Namie, Katsurao, Iitate

Support Project for Resuming Agriculture in Fukushima

  • ・Provides support for the installation of leased farm equipment and facilities required for resuming agriculture in evacuated areas.
  • ・Subsidizes up to 1/2 of the amount eligible for aid

Fukushima Support Project for Industrial Revitalization and Employment

・Provides subsidies for up to 3 years for expenses related to the employment of job seekers affected by the disaster in conjunction with industrial policies designated by the prefecture.
The project is currently being adjusted for implementation in 2023 onward.

  • – Hiring expenses: up to ¥2.25 million per person for 3 years (new hires/full-time workers)
  • – Housing assistance expenses: up to ¥7.2 million over 3 years per workplace

Agricultural Worker Fund (Training of Agricultural Workers and Support for Independent Farmers)

・Subsidizes up to ¥600,000 per year for 4 years for the training of prospective agricultural workers newly hired as full-time employees by agricultural corporations, etc./年を助成する

Tax Exceptions Under the Act on Special Measures for the Reconstruction and Revitalization of Fukushima and the Act on Special Zones for Reconstruction in Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake

  • ・When employees subject to evacuation are hired, a certain percentage of the salary paid is deductible from corporate tax (income tax).
  • ・Special depreciation or tax exemption for corporate tax (income tax) related to investments in equipment, machinery, buildings, etc.
  • ・Exemption from corporate tax for essentially 5 years for newly established companies in the Special Reconstruction Industrial Cluster Zone of the Reconstruction Promotion Plan (Fukushima Industrial Reconstruction Investment Promotion Zone).
    *Select one of the options above.
  • ・Exemption from business tax, real estate acquisition tax, property tax, etc.

Business Entity Growth Fund (Japan Finance Corporation)

  • ・For corporations engaged in agriculture with plans to become certified farmers within 5 years that have received certification for a Financial Plan for Business Improvement from the municipality,
    (*Restricted to cases in which support on the Fund for the Modernization of Agriculture is insufficient)
  • ・Financing of up to ¥150 million for the acquisition of farmland and facilities for corporations entering agriculture

Fund for the Modernization of Agriculture

  • ・Corporations engaged in agriculture (limited to those who have not completed two fiscal terms since the start of operations) with plans to become certified farmers within 5 years that have received certification for a Financial Plan for Business Improvement from the municipality who require funds for acquiring facilities, etc., can receive financing up to ¥150 million.

Support Systems for Collaboration Between Agriculture, Commerce, and Industry and Sixth Industrialization

  • ・Fukushima Industry Support Fund Project (Fukushima Center For Industrial Promotion)
  • ・Sixth Industrialization of Local Industry Step-Up Project, Innovation Support Center for Rural Villages in Fukushima (Fukushima Sixth Industrialization Support Center) (Agriculture and Forestry Planning Division, Fukushima Prefecture)
  • ・Agriculture Improvement Fund (Japan Finance Corporation)

(4) Past FIPO Initiatives and Projects

Advanced Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries Fair (2018-2021)

This hands-on exhibition providing information on advanced technology and new forms of agriculture, forestry, and fishing was held to promote the growth of the agriculture, forestry, and fishing industries in the Hamadori area.

Contact Information for Applications, Inquiries, and Online Consultations

Fukushima Innovation Coast Promotion Organization

 Industrial Cluster Department, Company Site and Agricultural Entry Support Section

TEL. 024-581-6880