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Survey Results of Factory Location Trends in FY2017 (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 FY2017 (January-December) 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 December 2017 was 1,009 (up by 1.7% on a year-on-year basis), covering a total area of 1,228ha (up by 9.4% on a year-on-year basis), showing the second largest figures in both the number and the area since the collapse of Lehman Brothers (after 2009).

* In this survey, the manufacturing sector and other sectors include manufacturing industries such as the food industry along with the gas supply and heating supply industries, but exclude the electricity supply sector in order to eliminate the influence of the number of new factory locations for photovoltaic power generation facilities.

  • The number of new factory locations acquired by the manufacturing sector and other sectors was 1,009 (up by 1.7% on a year-on-year basis), covering a total area of 1,228ha (up by 9.4% on a year-on-year basis), showing the second largest figures in both the number and the areas since the collapse of Lehman Brothers (after 2009).
    *Note: 1 ha = 10,000 square meters

Locations (number)

  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
First half 434 353 498 464 456 600
Second half 504 478 510 581 536 409
Annual total 938 831 1008 1045 992 1009

Total areas (ha)

  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
First half 606 426 596 521 559 662
Second half 497 651 585 601 563 566
Annual total 1102 1077 1181 1122 1122 1228
  • Looking at the trends of new factory locations by sector in the manufacturing industry, four sectors-the food, metal products, production machinery and transportation machinery sectors-accounted for over 50% in both the number and total area.
    As for the particular industry sector circumstances that led to this trend, an increase in large-scale new factory locations acquired by the transportation machinery sector drove the increase in new factory locations.
  • The number of new factory locations that companies acquired in the same prefectures as those in their headquarters accounted for over 60% of the total.
    As for reasons for selecting the locations, 30% of the responding companies said that they placed the highest importance on the “proximity to the head office or their own factories,” which amounts to the largest share.
  • The region-based number of new factory locations and the total areas are as follows.

Locations (top 5 municipalities)

Municipality Locations
Shizuoka Prefecture 95
Gunma Prefecture 63
Hyogo Prefecture 63
Ibaraki Prefecture 50
Aichi Prefecture 46

Total areas (top 5 municipalities)

Municipality Total areas (ha)
Shizuoka Prefecture 93.8
Tochigi Prefecture 91.9
Ibaraki Prefecture 88.0
Hyogo Prefecture 74.0
Gifu Prefecture 68.5
 

Release date

March 28, 2018

Division in Charge

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

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