Biotechnology

About Biotechnology

Japan has one of the most developed biotechnology sectors in the world, as evidenced by the high number of patents filed. The number of bio venture start-ups peaked in 2013 and  several foreign firms are now trying to enter the market.

About Agroindustry

Japan has a severe shortage of arable land, covering only 11.6% of Japan’s total territory. The country’s self-sufficiency rate currently stands at 39%.

Biotechnology in Agriculture

Japan remains one of the world’s largest per-capita importers of food and feed produced using modern biotechnologies.

Biopharmaceuticals

Japan is the third largest pharmaceuticals market in the world. As a result of the country's ageing population, there is a continuous increase in societal healthcare awareness.

Bioinformatics

As Asia’s largest bioinformatics database is based in Japan, this is an important and competitive sector for the country. In particular, the application of bioinformatics to the pharmaceutical industry is the subject of significant R&D in Japan.

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