Special Focus: Media

This month in the “Special Focus” section, we focus on the ICT sector in Japan.

Information on the various related sub-sectors and the latest reports are available on the following links. 


The Japanese IT industry includes a wide range of different sectors, such as computer hardware, software, electronics, semiconductors, Internet, telecoms equipment, e-commerce and computer services. Information technology is widely recognised as a great resource for the service sector because it improves operational efficiency and transparency and also creates opportunities for new and developing markets. To find out more, please see below:

About Information Technology

The ICT sector plays an important role in Japanese economic development and cultural prosperity, and technological developments have been widely embraced in areas such as mobile communications. With a receptive domestic market and reputation for excellence in science and technology, opportunities in the Japanese ICT sector are present in many areas. In this sense, Japanese authorities see the ICT sector as one of the main pillars of future economic growth. To read more, please see below:


Digital technology has a long history in Japan. A recent study indicated that 99.5% of Japanese people aged 15 to 24 were “digital natives”, i.e. people who have interacted with digital technology since an early age.  This figure was second only to that of South Korea, where 99.6% of young people fall into this category. The Japanese tendency to embrace new technology in daily life makes the country a promising market for firms engaged with digital technology. For more information, please click on the link below:

Digital Technology



This report provides a comprehensive explanation of IoT market characteristics, its recent trends and analyses Japan’s position in the IoT global market by comparing it with other leading countries in this sector. Furthermore, this report references current status of Japanese industries related to the IoT market by listing major players and their specificities. It also provides information on current regulations and standards of the IoT sector as well as ongoing movements toward security about IoT in Japan. To read the report, please click on the link below:

IoT market in Japan

This study has been independently prepared with the aim of providing a source of inspiration for enhanced EU-Japan dialogue and cooperation on the Digital Economy which is expected to play a key role in unlocking economic growth, competitiveness, as well as in the general improvement of societal wellbeing. The study analyses the Digital Economy landscape in the EU and Japan and their related strategic policy agendas and identifies a number of common challenges and matching policy priorities. To read the report, please click on the link below:

Digital Economy in Japan and the EU

This report covers the main applications of nanotechnology in the Japanese ICT industry. Here, European companies can learn about the evolution of various nanotechnology-related subcategories within the Japanese electronics and ICT industries as well as the value of the Japanese nanotech-ICT market. This report also provides up-to-date information concerning trends in the market for associated products and technologies such as communication and optical devices, imaging devices, as well as wireless sensor and communication devices. To read the report, please click on the link below: 

Nanotechnology Applied to ICT

This guide is the product of extensive hands-on research on the topic of how to enter the Japanese ICT market. It is a practical tool particularly addressed to the EU SMEs, describing every stage of the entry process into the Japanese ICT market, from market research to after-sales support. It presents a clear explanation of each stage with useful tips and advice. The annexes contain useful lists of ICT tradeshows, office solution providers and chambers of commerce with compact descriptions and direct links to their websites. To read the report, please click on the link below: 

Japan ICT Market Entry and Business Development Guide for European Companies

Information and Communication Technology is the biggest and fastest growing business segment in Japan. It is expected to double in size until 2020 according to the Japanese government. The main reason for this is the expected growth of Internet of Things (IoT) but also new areas such as Cloud Computing and Big Data Management. This report presents an overview of Cloud Computing and Big Data Management in Japan. To read the report, please click on the link below:

Cloud Computing, Big Data Management and IoT

The subject of this report is the ICT security market in Japan. It begins by analysing current trends within the Japanese ICT security market, providing information on current market size, key subsectors, and government initiatives in this area. The report then focusses on the security tools and security services subsectors and highlights opportunities for EU companies in both of these market segments. To read the report, please click on the link below:

ICT - Security