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Joint Press Release with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Results of the 2016 Basic Survey on the Information and Communications Industry Compiled

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) conducted the Seventh Basic Survey on the Information and Communications Industry to comprehensively ascertain the overall state of the information and communications industry in Japan and compiled the results into a report (results in 2015).

1. Summary of the survey results

(1) Overview of the survey results in the information and communications industry

  1. There were 5,474 companies engaged (primarily or otherwise) in the information and communications industry. (1*) FY2015 total sales in this industry were 48.0504 trillion yen (up by 3.3% from the previous year), while combined sales these companies earned in other industries and the information and communications industry in total were 71.9513 trillion yen.

    Regarding sales by sector in this industry, the telecommunications sector marked the highest, followed by the software sector and the information processing/providing sector. These three sectors accounted for 77.8% of total sales in the industry.

    [Reference] Total sales of companies in this industry that answered the survey for two consecutive years: 46.3727 trillion yen (up by 4.7% from the previous year)

    *Note 1: The information and communications industry includes the following sectors: telecommunications; broadcasting; broadcast program production; Internet-based service; information service; and video picture/sound information/character information production.

  2. There were 4,686 companies classified in the information and communications category (i.e., companies whose sales within the information and communications industry account for the largest portion of their revenue) and FY2015 total sales of these companies were 50.2474 trillion yen (up by 1.8% from the previous year), of which 46.5774 trillion yen were sales earned in the information and communications industry (up by 4.2% from the previous year).

    Sales per company in this category totaled 10.72 billion yen (up by 1.5% from the previous year). Regarding sales by sector, the telecommunications sector marked the highest, followed by the newspaper sector and the Internet-based service sector.

(2)Telecommunications and broadcasting sectors

There were 990 companies engaged in the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors. FY2015 total sales in these sectors were 17.4918 trillion yen. Regarding sales by service, the telecommunications service marked the highest at 14.0342 trillion yen, followed by the private broadcasting service at 2.2835 trillion yen and the cable television broadcasting service at 486.2 billion yen.

[Reference] Total sales of the companies in these sectors that answered the survey for two consecutive years: 17.3022 trillion yen (up by 7.0% from the previous year)

(3)Broadcast program production sector

There were 372 companies engaged in the broadcast program production sector, and FY2015 total sales were 307.0 billion yen.

Sales per company in this sector were 830 million yen.

[Reference] Total sales of the companies in this sector that answered the survey for two consecutive years: 222.9 billion yen (down by 4.2% from the previous year)

(4)Internet-based service sector

There were 545 companies engaged in the Internet-based service sector and FY2015 total sales were 2.3954 trillion yen (up by 26.7% from the previous year). Regarding the breakdown by service, (2*) the web-content delivery service marked the highest sales, showing a double-digit increase from the previous year.

Sales per company in this sector were 4.40 billion yen (up by 25.5% from the previous year), showing an increase for three consecutive years.

[Reference] Total sales of the companies in this sector that answered the survey for two consecutive years: 2.1635 trillion yen (up by 24.6% from the previous year)
*Note 2: Major services in this sector include web-content delivery, shopping website management, etc.

(5)Information service sector

There were 3,494 companies engaging in the information service sector and FY2015 total sales were 17.2683 trillion yen (up by 15.9% from the previous year), showing an increase for six consecutive years. Regarding sales by service, (3*) the commissioned software development service marked the highest sales.

Sales per company in this sector were 4.94 billion yen (up by 14.2% from the previous year), showing an increase for six consecutive years.

[Reference] Total sales of the companies in this sector that answered the survey for two consecutive years: 14.9669 trillion yen (up by 6.8% from the previous year)
*Note 3: Major services in this sector include commissioned software development, information processing, and game/software development.

(6)Video picture/sound information/character information production sector

There were 697 companies engaged in this sector and FY2015 total sales were 2.8248 trillion yen (down by 3.1% from the previous year). Regarding sales by service, (4*) the newspaper service marked the highest sales.

Sales per company in this sector were 4.05 billion yen (up by 1.4% from the previous year).

[Reference] Total sales of the companies in this sector that answered the survey for two consecutive years: 2.6602 trillion yen (down by 2.6% from the previous year)
*Note 4: Major services in this sector include newspapers, publishing and advertisement production.

2. Website

Documents related to the results of the survey are available for download on the following website.

Appendix:

Release date

March 28, 2017

Division in Charge

Enterprise Statistics Office, Research and Statistics Department, Minister’s Secretariat

Related Information

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