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550 South Caldwell Street, Suite 760
Charlotte, NC 28202

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There are 91 Japanese-owned firms operating in Charlotte USA. These firms include 20 U.S. headquarters, and make Japan the third most largely represented country in the region.  Industry leaders such as Toshiba America Nuclear Energy, Hitachi and NGK Ceramics are members of the region’s thriving Japanese business community. Daily one-stop flights are available to both Tokyo and Osaka from Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

The Charlotte region continues to strengthen its position as one of the most dynamic and diversified locations in North America. This 16-county region – 12 in North Carolina and four in South Carolina – is home to more than 975 foreign-owned firms, seven Fortune 500 company headquarters and a growing population of more than 2.8 million residents

Why have Japanese firms chosen Charlotte USA?

  • Largest concentration of international firms in the Carolinas, employing more than 50,000 workers
  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport is the sixth-busiest airport in the world and has daily nonstop flights to 140+ destinations
  • Second-largest banking center in the U.S.
  • Foreign Trade Zone #57 has locations around the Charlotte region
  • Manufacturing hub of the Carolinas
  • Highest concentration of medical device manufacturing in the Carolinas
  • Eight Fortune 500 headquarters
  • Home to more than 275 corporate headquarters
  • Engineering center of the Carolinas: home to global giants such as URS, Toshiba, Siemens, Areva, Chicago Bridge & Iron, Parsons, Duke Power, Fluor Corp. and Westinghouse
  • Progressive renewable energy standard of 12.5 percent by 2021
  • Carolinas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce located in Charlotte
  • Annual Bon Odori festival held every summer
  • Both Pfeiffer University and Winthrop University partner with international universities for student exchange in both graduate and undergraduate programs.
  • Both International Baccalaureate and Japanese language programs are available to all local students.

 Recent Announcements


In 2009 Toshiba America Nuclear Energy announced a national project-management and engineering center in Charlotte. The center will create 194 nuclear engineering and construction management jobs.

Westinghouse Electric Co. is expanding its Charlotte office. The company announced plans last year to hire 52 employees, mostly nuclear technicians and engineers, and said that the number could be closer to 300 by 2014.

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