Charleston | South Carolina | USA


Charleston | South Carolina | USA is home, workplace and inspiration to more than 802,000 voices, talents, passions and ideas. three quarters of a million people who are globally connected through trade, technology and travel - and locally engaged to craft a legacy for the future.

4 Japanese companies employing 550+ workers operate in the three-county Charleston region, including manufacturing, distribution centers, and chemicals. The region’s growing international community includes the following industry leaders:

Strategic Location

With the most productive and efficient seaport in North America, an integrated rail and highway system, and an international airport, Charleston provides seamless connections to the global marketplace. Our central location, roughly halfway between New York and Miami, offers prime access to the U.S. Southeast. Nonstop flights to Tokyo depart daily from nearby Atlanta or JFK international airports.


More than one-third of the U.S. population resides within
500 miles (800 km) of the Charleston region.



local residents have Japan ancestry


workers in South Carolina are employed by Japan-based firms

$3.5+ billion

Japan is a Top 10 trading partner with SC

Charleston Center for Business Research

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An international travel destination, Charleston is consistently voted the number one city in the U.S. and number two on the World's Best Cities list by top travel magazines. South Carolina offers a moderate climate year-round. It's geographically diverse, offering an easy drive from the ocean to the mountains in just 3 to 4 hours.

Charleston is renowned for beautiful architecture, award-winning restaurants, arts, culture, and independent shops and boutiques. The Charleston region welcomes thousands of new residents each year–bringing new ideas, diversity and passion to a thriving, international community. Professional soccer, hockey, and baseball teams, college and university teams, and an array of annual races, tennis, and golf tournaments satisfy even the most die-hard sports fans and athletes.

Residents enjoy a lifestyle that strikes the perfect balance between work and play – and a warm climate, culture, food, attractive cost of living, global sensibilities, miles of beaches, diverse housing options, and one of the best medical hubs in the Southeast U.S.A. Visit Living Here to learn more.

Robert Whitten

President & CEO
Showa Denko Carbon, Inc.

"Showa Denko Carbon has been operating in the Charleston region for more than three decades. After searching many parts of the world for a better location, we decided to expand our business by enlarging our existing plant. Charleston’s workforce is outstanding…smart, honest, reliable, hardworking and loyal. The business climate is exceptional from the state to local level. Our Japanese ownership has been very pleased with the aspects of operating a business here."



The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) offers high quality programs of international education to a worldwide community of schools. The IBO, founded in 1968, is a recognized leader in the field of international education. It is a non-profit, mission-driven foundation that works with approximately 4,000 schools to develop and offer challenging programs to more than 829,000 students in 150 countries.

Unlike a national curriculum, IB programmes reflect the best practice of a range of different educational frameworks and curricula. It encourages students to be internationally-minded and to think beyond their immediate environment.

IB World Schools in the Charleston Region

Public schools

Private school


Japanese Saturday Schools provide the essential service of helping K-12 students maintain and advance critical language and other skills in the event that they return to Japan to complete their education or attend a university. The curriculum includes Japanese language classes, mathematics, art, history, calligraphy, Japanese literature, and a variety of other classes

Japanese Companies

Company EmployeesProduct
Audio-Technica SEDC5 to 9Warehousing & distribution of audio equipment
Konica Minolta Business Solutions10 to 19Print imaging systems
Ricoh USA50 to 99Wholesale distributor of office equipment
Shimano American Corp50 to 99Distribution center for sporting goods products
Showa Denko Carbon, Inc.250 to 499Manufacture graphite electrodes for steel-making industry
Sun Chemical100 to 249Inks and pigments; advanced materials for inkjet, electronics, coatings, composites and more
TBC Corporation East Coast Distribution Center100 to 249Distribution center serving East Coast automotive replacement tire market
Source: Center for Business Research, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 2020

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