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Economy

Japan IT companies flock to regional cities for lower rents

TOKYO -- Information technology companies are increasingly opening locations in Japan's regional cities to take advantage of cheaper rents and greater ease in hiring personnel.

In Fukuoka, major companies are one after another relocating operations to large offices. Line Corp.'s subsidiary Line Fukuoka in May brought development sites together within one building in front of Hakata Station. The company noted that the city in southern Japan offers convenient access to shinkansen bullet trains and the airport, has numerous students and boasts close ties to the IT industry.

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