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Survey of Factory Location Trends in the First Half of FY2016 (Preliminary Report) (January-June)

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 the first half of FY2016 (January-June) 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 June 2016 was 457 (down by 1.5% on a year-on-year basis), covering a total area of 560 ha (up by 7.4% 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 457 (down by 1.5% on a year-on-year basis), covering a total area of 560 ha (up by 7.4% on a year-on-year basis).

  2010 (first half) 2010 (second half) 2011 (first half) 2011 (second half) 2012 (first half) 2012 (second half) 2013 (first half) 2013 (second half) 2014 (first half) 2014 (second half) 2015 (first half) 2015 (second half) 2016 (first half)
Locations 348 429 401 455 434 504 353 478 498 510 464 581 457
Total area (ha) 495 543 421 570 606 497 426 651 596 585 521 601 560

Note that if the electricity supply sector was also included, the number of such locations was 468, while the total area of all locations was 624 ha.

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

The number of new factory locations by sector in the manufacturing industry is as follows, listed from the top-ranked sector: [i] food (81), [ii] metal products (69), [iii] transportation machinery (48), and [iv] production machinery (41).

Note that, compared with the previous year, the numbers have increased in 11 industries, including food (up from 73 to 81), beverage, tobacco and feed (up from 9 to 15), wood and wooded products (up from 19 to 24), furniture and accessories (up from 1 to 5), and transportation machinery (up from 44 to 48).

(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 seven prefectures affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake (Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, and Chiba) was 76 (down by 17.4% from 92 in the previous year), and the total area of new factory locations in these seven prefectures was 150 ha (up by 35.0% from 111 ha in the previous year).

For further details, see the Japanese language press release.

Appendix

For further details, see the Japanese language press release.

Release date

September 30, 2016

Division in Charge

Business Environment Promotion Division, Regional Economic and Industrial Policy Group

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