About Automotive

 Latest update: February 2022 

The Japanese automotive industry represents the core of the Japanese manufacturing sector: 8.2% of the population employed in automotive-related jobs in 2021 and automotive shipments (both domestic and export shipments, including motorcycles, auto parts, etc) reached 60 trillion yen in value terms in 2019. Further, the investment in equipment by the industry totalled 1.4 trillion yen and R&D expenditures stood at 3.1 trillion yen in 2019.

The automotive sector is now fully aware of the environmental challenge ahead. For this reason, the Government of Japan has been promoting legislative modifications and technological advancement in order to tackle this problem. The future is looking electric.

JAMA, The Motor Industry of Japan, 2021
Harvard Business School, The Japanese Automotive Cluster - Microeconomics of Competitiveness, 2016
Ministry of the Environment, Motor Vehicle Exhaust Emission Standards


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Table of Contents

  • Overview
  • Motor vehicles
    • Imports
    • Exports
  • Motorcycles
    • Exports
  • Overseas Production
  • Environment
  • Innovative Technologies
  • EU – Japan Cooperation Trends
  • Expert reports & Webinars
  • Annual Report
  • Further Reading
  • Relevant Organisations and Trade Fairs
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