Optics & Photonics

The global camera industry is in a state of rapid evolution in which Japan is consistently a leading market and innovator. Mirror-less hybrid cameras, DSLRs, and compact interchangeable-lens cameras now drive the camera market. Find out more about Japan's optics and photonics sector below.

About Optics & Photonics

Like electronics, photonics products are being used in many different applications and a wide range of sectors. According to the experts in the sector, the development of devices based on photonic science are going to change our societies and our way of living.


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. This section shall offer you some information on the state of the laser industry in Japan:

Optical Networks

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%.