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Survey Results of Factory Location Trends in 2016 (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 2016 (January-December) for the purpose of constructing factories. METI hereby announces that it has compiled the results into a report.

The number of new factory locations acquired by the manufacturing sector and other sectors* in Japan between January and December 2016 was 994 (down by 4.9% on a year-on-year basis), covering a total area of 1,123ha (up by 0.1% 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 994 (down by 4.9% on a year-on-year basis), covering a total area of 1,123ha (up by 0.1% on a year-on-year basis).

  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Locations 777 856 938 831 1,008 1,045 994
Total area (ha) 1,038 992 1,102 1,077 1,181 1,122 1,123

Note that if the electricity supply sector was also included, the number of such locations was 1,028 (down by 3.9% on a year-on-year basis), while the total area of all locations was 1,298ha (up by 7.4% on a year-on-year basis).

* In light of discussions held by the Subcommittee to Study the Factory Location Law in March 2015, since the survey in the first half of 2015, solar power plants in the electricity supply sector 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 (176), 2) metal products (123), 3) transportation machinery (115), and 4) production machinery (98).
 
Note that, compared with the previous year, the numbers have increased in 10 industries, including transportation machinery (up from 102 to 115), food (up from 166 to 176), other manufacturing industries (up from 18 to 28), beverage, tobacco and feed (up from 24 to 32), and pulp and paper (up from 18 to 24).

(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 167 (down by 16.1% from 199 in the previous year), and the total area of new factory locations in these seven prefectures was 258ha (up by 12.5% from 230ha in the previous year).

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Release date

March 31, 2017

Division in Charge

Regional Business Innovation Promotion Division, Regional Economic and Industrial Policy Group

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