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Future Directions for Overseas Development of the Water Business Industry Compiled

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has been promoting efforts in international development of the Japanese water business industry under policies in the report titled, “Challenges in International Development of the Water Business Industry and Specific Measures Therefor (2010 Report),” which was formulated in June 2010. Concerning this report, METI has organized related developments, issues, and challenges, conducted research on and studied the future course of overseas development of the Japanese water business industry, and compiled the results of these efforts into a report titled, “Future Directions for Overseas Development of the Water Business Industry.”

1. Background and purpose

Japanese water-related companies and other entities have been advancing efforts for ensuring their competitiveness in the water industry market, as seen in their acquisition of and investment in overseas companies and their implementation of projects for the operation and management of water purification plants and other sites, commissioned by domestic municipalities in regional areas.

However, these Japanese companies account for just 0.4% of the global water business industry market share, based on the estimation by the Trend Research for the Water Business Industry Market in March 2015, highlighting the fact that the presence of Japanese companies in the market is very limited.

To address this situation, METI has ascertained the efforts that these companies have made and the current situation thereof, studied, with the participation of stakeholders, Japan’s future directions for overseas development in the water business industry, and compiled recent developments, issues, and challenges into a report.

2. Main points of the report

  1. Existing directions (in the 2010 Report)
  2. Current situation in Japan
  3. Future directions for overseas development
  4. Environmental development and governmental support

Note: For details, visit the website titled “Future Directions for Overseas Development of the Water Business Industry” and the reference below.

Appendices

Release date

March 13, 2017

Division in Charge

Office for Promotion of International Project, Infrastructure System and Water Industry, Manufacturing Industries Bureau

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