Only a 10-minute drive from the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, which has daily flights to Haneda and Narita airports in Japan, Irving-Las Colinas serves as an ideal location for Japanese investors looking to set up head offices and administrative offices within the U.S. heartland and close to Mexico.

Known by many as the “Headquarters of Headquarters” in Texas, the city is home to some of the largest Japanese companies in the state and the country, like NEC, Seven & I (owner of 7-Eleven Inc.), Fujifilm, Canon, Oki Data and Kyocera Mita.

Las Colinas, the business center of Irving, is a 12,000-acre master-planned development with modern transportation infrastructure, residential areas and commercial parks. The area is pedestrian-focused where amenities to live, work and play are just a short walk away.

“We’ve seen significant growth and representation of Japanese companies over the years. Our plan is to attract more investors from Japan,” said Joe Chapa, vice president of International Affairs and Sister Cities at the Greater Irving Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce.

Aside from the city’s proximity to DFW Airport and its well-planned communities, the Irving-Las Colinas Chamber also boasts a 5-star National Accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a solid endorsement of its policies, community engagement and efficient procedures.

“We’re a community that puts business and industry first. Our priority is to help global and international companies find their new home in Irving-Las Colinas. We serve as a resource and a partner, minimize business disruptions for investors, executives and their workforce, roll up the red tape and roll out the red carpet for a seamless integration into our community,” said Beth Bowman, president and CEO of the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce and Irving Economic Development Partnership.

“Through our relationships with Japanese-based companies in Irving-Las Colinas, our Sister Cities initiative, our International Trade Development and Assistance Center and partnerships built through trade missions, we will continue to strengthen cultural and educational connections between Irving-Las Colinas and Japan,” Bowman added.