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Survey of Factory Location Trends in the First Half of 2019 (Preliminary Report) (January-June)

February 4, 2020

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 2019 (January-June) for the purpose of constructing factories and it 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 June 2019 was 531 (down by 20% on a year-on-year basis), covering a total area of 684ha (down by 7% on a year-on-year basis).
*Note: 1ha = 10,000 m2

Changes in the number of new factory locations
Locations (number)

  2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
First half 511 478 467 525 663 531
Second half 526 592 559 510 479  
Annual total 1,037 1,070 1,026 1,035 1,142  

Changes in the area of new factory locations
Total area (ha)

  2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
First half 639 570 623 645 732 684
Second half 670 638 674 839 587  
Annual total 1,309 1,208 1,297 1,484 1,320  

The number of new factory locations and the total area by municipality

Municipalities (prefectures) Locations (number) Total area (ha) Municipalities (prefectures) Locations (number) Total area (ha) Municipalities
(prefectures)
Locations (number) Total area (ha)
Hokkaido 15 21 Ishikawa 5 5 Okayama 13 41
Aomori 5 6 Fukui 8 8 Hiroshima 5 4
Iwate 3 7 Yamanashi 4 5 Yamaguchi 4 5
Miyagi 18 29 Nagano 16 50 Tokushima 2 x
Akita 4 2 Gifu 27 29 Kagawa 5 3
Yamagata 9 22 Shizuoka 39 31 Ehime 9 2
Fukushima 10 10 Aichi 35 29 Kochi 4 3
Ibaraki 34 76 Mie 22 38 Fukuoka 14 25
Tochigi 11 14 Shiga 11 11 Saga 4 3
Gunma 33 34 Kyoto 14 11 Nagasaki 4 3
Saitama 13 9 Osaka 12 13 Kumamoto 2 x
Chiba 8 12 Hyogo 32 34 Oita 2 x
Tokyo 0 0 Nara 15 11 Miyazaki 5 15
Kanagawa 2 x Wakayama 3 1 Kagoshima 7 4
Niigata 23 23 Tottori 2 x Okinawa 2 x
Toyama 11 18 Shimane 5 3  

Notes:

  1. From the viewpoint of protecting information under the Statistics Act, numerical values that may identify respondent businesses and reveal their personal information are kept as secret information and such secret information are shown by the mark “x.”
  2. The figures in this survey were aggregated based on the response sheets that respondent businesses submitted to the government by January 17, 2020.

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