Special Focus: Optics & Photonics

This month in the “Special Focus” section, we focus on Optics & Photonics in Japan.
Information on the various related sub-sectors, the latest reports as well as the previous webinar on this topic are available on the following links.


Although Japan has long been synonymous with high quality photographic products, digital camera production has seen both growth and decline in recent years. In 2007, digital camera shipments showed steady growth, reaching 100 million units for the first time, but by 2009 sales lessened due to the impact of the global recession. To read more, please click on the link below: 

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Laser technology has a wide range of applications in diverse sectors, such as in heavy industry, medicine, military, and the entertainment industries to name a few. Commercial laser revenues have increased dramatically in the last few years. One of the main reasons for this success is the intensive use of laser technologies in the semiconductor industry, which produces microchips for high-tech electronic devices. To find our more, please see below: 


In 2016, Japan had the second highest number of fixed broadband subscriptions of all OECD countries. Of Japan’s 38.7 million fixed broadband subscriptions, 75% were fibre. This is the highest percentage out of all OECD countries, where the average is 21.2%. However, the annual growth of fibre subscriptions in Japan is among the lowest of the OECD. From 2015 to 2016 there was a 5% growth in subscriptions in Japan compared to an OECD average of 15%. There exists a difference between the broadband penetration rates of fixed and mobile broadband in Japan. To read more, please click on the following link: 

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Japan is still a very relevant market for photonics with a 30% global market share (2015) including overseas’ production. The report titled Photonics for life science and industrial manufacturing, business and cooperation opportunities in Japan, aims at giving EU SMEs the market intelligence to make better-informed decisions when entering the Japanese market. It includes overviews on several topics, among which: the photonics market, its distributors and associations, research funding and public procurement opportunities, relevant events in Japan. To read the report, please click below:

Photonics for life science and industrial manufacturing, business and cooperation opportunities in Japan

In the field of optics and photonics, Japan’s manufacturers are among the world market leaders. For EU companies, therefore, Japan is not only interesting as a selling market but also the home market of their most important competitors. The report explores the Japan as an export market for optical components and devices in the medical field and in electronics. Furthermore, it takes a look at the camera market. To read more please click on the following link:

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