— Latest update: July 2022 —
Foreign Direct Investment is an important subject when it comes to Japan. In 2020 the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development noted that Japan was the largest investor in the world, with more than 227 billion dollars invested abroad in 2019. Inward flow is also very important, as JETRO reports that in 2020 net inward FDI flow into Japan was 7.1 trillion yen, the highest it’s ever been, with a growth of 66% compared to the previous year. Most of such investment came from Europe with a share of 57.9%, with a growth rate of 364.5% compared to 2019.
However, other sources have been less optimistic. UNCTAD notes that Japan stands as the 20th most important investment destination with 10 billion dollars invested into the country in 2020. Either way, FDI is on the rise in Japan.
UNCTAD, World Investment Report, 2020
UNCTAD, World Investment Report, 2021
JETRO, FDI Trends in the World and Japan Trends in Inwards FDI to Japan pt 1 , 2021
JETRO, JETRO Global Trade and Investment Report, 2021
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