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Survey of Factory Location Trends: 2015 Preliminary Report (January–December)

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) conducted the Survey of Factory Location Trends, targeting businesses in the manufacturing, gas supply, heating supply, and electricity supply sectors that acquired 1,000 m2 or more of land in 2015 (January–December) for the purpose of constructing factories. METI hereby announces that it has compiled the results into a report.

Outline of the report

The number of new factory locations acquired by the manufacturing sector and other sectors* in Japan between January and December 2015 was 1,045 (up by 3.7% on a year-on-year basis), covering a total area of 1,122 ha (down by 5.0% on a year-on-year basis).

* The manufacturing sector and other sectors include manufacturing industries such as the food and chemical engineering industries along with the gas supply and heating supply industries.

The number of new factory locations acquired by the manufacturing and other sectors was 1,045 (up by 3.7% on a year-on-year basis), covering a total area of 1,122 ha (down by 5.0% on a year-on-year basis).

Change in the number and total area of new factory locations
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Locations 856 777 856 938 831 1,008 1,045
Total area (ha) 1,296 1,038 992 1,102 1,077 1,181 1,122

Note that if the electricity supply sector was also included, the number of such locations was 1,070, while the total area of all locations was 1,208 ha.

* In light of discussions held by the Subcommittee to Study the Factory Location Law in March 2015, since the survey on the first half of 2015, electricity supply sector solar power plants have been excluded from the scope of the Survey.

The number of new factory locations in specific industries in manufacturing is as follows, listed from the top-ranked industry: 1) food (166), 2) metal products (150), 3) production machinery (115), and 4) transportation machinery (102).

Note that, compared with the previous year, the numbers have increased in nine industries including production machinery (up to 115 from 76), metal products (up to 150 from 128), textiles (up to 30 from 17), and plastic products (up to 66 from 57).

(Reference)
Status of factory locations in the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake

The number of new factory locations acquired by sectors including the manufacturing sector in the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake (Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, and Chiba) was 199 (down by 10.4% from 222 in the previous year), and the total area of new factory locations in these seven prefectures was 230 ha (down by 29.2% from 325 ha in the previous year).

For further details, see the Japanese language press release.

Release date

March 30, 2016

Division in charge

Business Environment Promotion Division, Regional Economic and Industrial Policy Group

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