Country Report - Japan

Country Report - Japan
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After increasing by 5.0% in 2017 electronics output is estimated to have declined by a modest 0.6% in 2018 and a more substantial 9.1% in 2019. In 2019, growth in the computer segment was offset by falling output in the broader industrial, communications, consumer and component segments. Although, COVID-19 will put downward pressure on the industry in 2020 based on official figures for the first five months of the year overall output assuming a gradual recovery over the course of the remainder of the year will decline by 3.9%. 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 2019 electronics output has declined by an estimated 57.3%. 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. In 2019, there were 8.36 million PCs produced in the country up from 5.69 million in the prior of which 5.07 million were notebooks (2018: 3.52 million), 3.03 million desktops (2018: 1.93 million) and 0.26 million for server use (2018: 0.24 million). Window 10 renewals in the commercial space was the primary factor in the sharp rise during the year. Based on official production figures the production wireless communications equipment declined by 1.9% in 2017, 7.6% in 2018 and a further but more modest 1.9% in 2019. The production of communications and radar accounted for 9.6% of total output in 2019. Based on figures for the first five months of 2020 output is forecast to increase by 2.5% in 2020. The output of telecommunications equipment, which had declined year on year since 2011, increased by 11.0% in 2019 and is forecast to post growth of 1.5% in 2020.  In 2019, the production of active components declined by 21.9%. All product categories posted a decline in output in 2019 with ICs declining by 35.6% on the back of falling memory prices and declining demand.  Based on official production figures for the first five months of 2020 the production of ICs is forecast to decline by 13.9% for the year as a whole and the active component segment by 9.0%. The production of passive components increased by an estimated 7.4% in 2017 and by 6.7% in 2018 as the shortage of components during the period boosted prices in particular for certain capacitors and resistors. Production declined of 5.6% in 2019 as prices normalised and demand across several end markets weakened globally. Taking into account the positive development over the first five months of the year output is forecast to increase by a modest 0.2% in 2020. 

Table of Contents

Economic Overview
Industry Structure
Production Data 2017-2020

Market Data 2017-2023
Methodologies/Guide to Statistics

Product Coverage

Office Equipment
Control & Instrumentation
Medical & Industrial
Radio Communications
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: August 2020

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