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Results of the 2018 Basic Survey on the Information and Communications Industry

March 26, 2019

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) conducted the Ninth 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 (industry performance in FY2017).

1. Summary of the survey results

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

  1. There were 5,467 companies engaging (primarily or otherwise) in the information and communications industry. (1*) FY2017 total sales in this industry were 49.7496 trillion yen (up by 3.6% from the previous year), while combined sales that these companies earned in other industries and the information and communications industry in total were 66.5058 trillion yen.

    Regarding sales by sector, the telecommunications sector marked the highest sales, followed by the software sector and the information processing/providing service sector. These three sectors accounted for 79.3% of total sales in the industry.

    [Reference] Total sales of the companies in this industry that answered the survey for two consecutive years: 47.4978 trillion yen (up by 2.7% 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 4,698 companies classified in the information and communications category (i.e., companies whose sales in the information and communications industry account for the largest portion of their revenue) and FY2017 total sales of the companies were 52.2877 trillion yen (up by 3.0% from the previous year), of which 48.0656 trillion yen were the sales that they have earned in the information and communications industry (up by 3.6% from the previous year).

    Sales per company in this category totaled 11.13 billion yen (up by 3.6% from the previous year). Looking at the 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 738 companies engaging in the telecommunications business (946 companies if aggregated by service) and their sales in FY2017 were 17.5412 trillion yen. Regarding sales by service, telecommunications service marked the highest sales at 14.0238 trillion yen, followed by the private broadcasting service at 2.3207 trillion yen and the cable television broadcasting service at 479.0 billion yen.

[Reference] Total sales of the companies in these sectors that answered the survey for two consecutive years: 17.3043 trillion yen (down by 0.7% from the previous year)

(3) Broadcast program production sector

There were 316 companies engaging in the broadcast program production sector and FY2017 total sales were 324.7 billion yen.

Sales per company in this sector were 1.03 billion yen.

[Reference] Total sales of companies in this sector that answered the survey for two consecutive years: 293.1 billion yen (up by 2.3% from the previous year)

(4) Internet-based service sector

There were 529 companies engaging in the internet-based service business and their sales in FY2017 were 2.5613 trillion yen (up by 1.2% from the previous year). Regarding sales by service, (*2) an improvement is seen in the billing and settlement agency service (up by 23.8% from the previous year), the web-information retrieval service (up by 16.0% from the previous year) and the shopping website management and auction website management (up by 12.0% from the previous year), respectively, all showing a double-digit increase from the previous year.

Sales per company in this sector were 4.84 billion yen (up by 2.1% from the previous year), showing an increase for five consecutive years.

[Reference] Total sales of the companies in this sector that answered the survey for two consecutive years: 2.3807 trillion yen (up by 4.0% from the previous year)


*Note 2: Major services in this sector include web content delivery service, shopping website management, web-information retrieval service, etc.

(5) Information service sector

There were 3,498 companies engaging in the information service sector and FY2017 total sales were 17.5091 trillion yen (up by 4.7% from the previous year), showing a record high level since the start of the survey. Regarding sales by service, (*3) all services improved sales, as seen in brisk performance remaining in the commissioned software development service, which accounts for the high composition rate of sales in this sector.

Sales per company in this sector were 5.01 billion yen (up by 4.8% from the previous year), showing an increase from the previous year.

[Reference] Total sales of companies in this sector that answered the survey for two consecutive years: 16.2203 trillion yen (up by 2.6% from the previous year)

*Note 3: Major services in this sector include commissioned software development, information processing, game/software development, etc.

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

There were 728 companies engaging in this sector and FY2017 total sales were 2.9041 trillion yen (down by 2.2% from the previous year). Regarding sales by service, (*4) newspapers, publishing, etc., which account for a high composition rate of sales in this sector, showed a decrease.

Sales per company in this sector were 3.99 billion yen (down by 1.4% from the previous year).

[Reference] Total sales of companies in this sector that answered the survey for two consecutive years: 2.8027 trillion yen (down by 0.5% from the previous year)

*Note 4: Major services in this sector include newspapers, publishing, advertisement production, etc.


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