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Survey Results of Factory Location Trends in 2016 (Final Report)

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㎡ 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 final report.

1. Difference from the preliminary report

Major differences in data between the Survey Results of Factory Location Trends in 2016 (Preliminary Report) (January-December), released on March 31, 2017, and this revised report are as below:

  • Number of new factory locations: Preliminary report 1,028 → Revised report 1,026
  • Total area of all locations: Preliminary report 1,298 ha → Revised report 1,297 ha

Note:Figures for both categories show the total in the manufacturing, gas supply, heating supply, and electricity supply sectors.

Reason for differences
Some of the businesses categorized in the manufacturing sector in the preliminary report were found to not be covered by the sector. Accordingly, in compiling the final report, the figures in the preliminary report were recalculated by excluding the figures for these businesses from the survey targets.

2. Major data newly released in this report

Major data newly released in this report, which was not in the preliminary one released in March 2017, is as below:

• Number of potential employees to be hired (by sector, prefecture, etc.)

Number of potential employees to be hired: 29,965 (up by 6% from the previous year)
Note: For details, see the Appendix.

• Number of relocated plants or businesses by region to and from which they have moved (by prefecture, etc.)

Municipalities from which many plants or businesses were relocated to the regions outside the municipalities

  • Osaka Prefecture: 9 (Destinations: Mie Prefecture (2), Nara Prefecture (2), etc.)
  • Chiba Prefecture: 3 (Destinations: Tochigi Prefecture (1), Gunma Prefecture (1), and Niigata Prefecture (1))

3. Link for the breakdown of the released revised report

For individual tables for the Survey of Factory Location Trends in 2016 (Revised Report), visit the METI statistics website (in Japanese).

Release date

September 20, 2017

Division in Charge

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

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