Country Report - Japan

Country Report - Japan
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After increasing by 2.2% in 2017 electronics output is estimated to have declined by 4.6% in 2018, a further 3.4% in 2019 and by 3.6% in 2020. Although, COVID-19 put downward pressure on the industry in 2020 the recovery in the second half of the year helped limit the overall decline for the year as a whole. Based on official figures for the first six months of the year and despite the spike in infections in the summer and global supply disruptions, overall electronics output, assuming the on-going global recovery over the course of the remainder of the year, is forecast to increase by 4.9% in 2021. Similar to the US and countries in Western Europe, Japan has been impacted by the migration of production to low-cost locations. Between 2000 and 2020 electronics output has declined by an estimated 59.2%.  After several years of declining output, the production of computer and related products increased by 7.7% in 2018 and by a further 8.3% in 2019 before declining by 13.4% in 2020. In 2020, there were 6.05 million PCs produced in the country down from 8.36 million in the prior of which 4.05 million were notebooks (2019: 5.07 million), 1.81 million desktops (2019: 3.03 million) and 0.19 million for server use (2019: 0.26 million). Based on official production figures the production wireless communications equipment declined by 7.6% in 2018, a more modest 1.9% in 2019 and by 0.3% in 2020. The production of communications and radar accounted for 10.0% of total output in 2020. Based on figures for the first six months of the year output is forecast to increase by 2.5% in 2021. The output of telecommunications equipment, which had declined year on year since 2011, increased by 11.0% in 2019 and by a further 5.5% in 2020 and is forecast to post growth of 1.2% in 2021. Production of control and instrumentation equipment, which had posted growth of 8.1% in 2018, declined by 4.2% in 2019 and by a further 3.9% in 2020. Demand for semiconductor capital equipment helped offset the broader impact of COVID-19 limiting the overall decline during the year. Lower demand for products to treat elective surgeries resulted in the production of medical equipment declining by 2.0% in 2020. Overall, the broader industrial segment accounted for 16.9% of electronics output in 2020, up from 8.8% in 2010. Growth across all three categories – control & instrumentation, medical and industrial – are forecast to increase in 2021 resulting in the industrial segment increasing by 7.3%. The production of video and audio consumer electronics equipment has declined sharply and in 2020 the two sectors accounted for 1.9% of electronics output, down from 9.8% in 2010. Although Japanese component manufacturers have established production offshore, in particular for passive components, domestic production remains important in particular for products based on the latest technologies. 

Table of Contents

Economic Overview
Industry Structure
Production Data 2018-2021

Market Data 2018-2024
Methodologies/Guide to Statistics

Product Coverage

Computing
Office Equipment
Control & Instrumentation
Medical & Industrial
Radio Communications
Telecommunications
Consumer
Semiconductors
Passive Components
Other Components

The Japanese Electronics Industry Report provides essential market intelligence for all sizes of company from small enterprises to major global groups and for financial/management consultancies, government agencies and academia requiring a reliable overview of the electronics industry in Japan.

Last Update: September 2021

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