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Survey of Factory Location Trends in the First Half of 2018 (Preliminary Report) (January-June)

October 30, 2018

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 (hereinafter referred to as the “manufacturing sector and other sectors”) that acquired 1,000 m2 or more of land in the first half of 2018 (January-June) for the purpose of constructing factories. METI hereby announces that it has produced a report of the survey results. Along with this, METI also produced a report of the Survey Results of Factory Location Trends in 2017 (final report).

Outline of the report

Locations (number)

  2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
First half 361 511 478 467 525 527
Second half 487 525 592 559 510 n.a.
Annual total 848 1036 1070 1026 1035 527

Total areas (ha)

  2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
First half 442 639 570 623 645 635
Second half 758 670 638 674 839 n.a.
Annual total 1,200 1,309 1,208 1,297 1,484 635
Locations (top 5 prefectures)   Total areas (top 5 prefectures)
Prefecture Locations   Prefecture Total area (ha)
Gunma Prefecture 34   Gunma Prefecture 45.9
Aichi Prefecture 34   Niigata Prefecture 43.3
Hyogo Prefecture 31   Ibaraki Prefecture 36.9
Ibaraki Prefecture 27   Gifu Prefecture 31.0
Shizuoka Prefecture 27   Aichi Prefecture 30.2

Division in Charge

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

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