Kaji & Associates has established an economic development consultancy to assist national, regional and local governments in attracting foreign direct investment.
Mr. Kaji, while serving as a Commissioner for the State of California Commission for Economic Development, criticized local California officials for the loss of the largest Japanese company to a rival state
Companies which Mr. Kaji assisted included Fujikura (golf shaft manufacturer) in San Diego County; Panasonic's digital video disk manufacturing plant in Torrance, California; NEC's $1.2 billion semiconductor plant expansion in Roseville, California; Konami Company's game software facility in Redwood City, California; Kikkoman's soy sauce plant in Folsom, California; and JVC's digital video disk plant in South Laguna, California.
More than 1,500 new jobs were created by these new facilities, adding value to the property tax base and increasing tax revenue to the state and local governments.
Kaji & Associates has served as foreign direct investment advisor to the County of Alameda in providing guidance in efforts to expand the Toyota Motor Manufacturing facility, based in Fremont, California and with the County of Los Angeles efforts to retain Nissan Motors headquarters.
Economic Development Infrastructure Kaji & Associates can provide national, regional and local governments with specific marketing tools and recommendations to enhance existing foreign direct investment programs.
At present, we are focused on the revitalization of Asian Pacific Islander (API) communites in the United States. Our goal is to leverage infrastructure investment combined with foreign direct investment and local community involvement to create new centers of commercial activity.
Our current area of activity is in the Little Tokyo District of Downtown Los Angeles. Kaji & Associates has been directly involved in the $1.3 billion Los Angeles METRO Regional Connector project. The firm is involved in creating new mixed-use developments that fully-utilize the transportation linkages of the METRO system along with Little Tokyo's proximity to Civic Center and the Downtown Los Angeles Financial District.