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Survey Results of Factory Location Trends in the First Half of 2020 (Preliminary Report) (January-June)

October 30, 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 2020 (January-June) 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 June 2020 was 347 (down by 38% on a year-on-year basis) and the new locations cover a total area of 440 ha (down by 40% on a year-on-year basis), both of which show dramatic decreases and mark the lowest number in the past five years.
Note: 1ha = 10,000 m2

Changes in the number of new factory locations              Changes in the total areas of new factory locations

◆Looking at the trends in new factory locations by sector, the top four sectors (food, metal products, production machinery, and transportation machinery) showed dramatic decreases in both the number of new locations and the total areas of new locations.
◆Regarding the region-based (municipality-based) number of new factory locations and the total areas of such locations, the list thereof is as follows.

The number of new factory locations and the total areas thereof by municipality

Note: From the viewpoint of protecting information under the Statistics Act, numerical values that may identify respondent businesses and reveal their specific information are kept as secret and represented by the mark “X.”

Division in Charge

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

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