Section 3  Trends in Industrial Location

In this section, regions are categorized into Hokkaido, Tohoku, Hokuriku, Kanto, Chubu, Kinki, Chugoku, Shikoku and Kyushu, and also categorized into "Three Metropolitan areas" and "Local areas"
"Three Metropolitan areas" include Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa,
Gifu, Aichi, Mie, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo and Nara Prefecture
"Local areas" include areas other than three metropolitan areas
(Current Status of Industrial Land Use)
In 1999, the industrial area of Japan totaled 146,276ha (361,461 acres), representing a decrease of 0.8% on the previous year (see Chart 2-3-1, Chart 2-3-2).


Chart 2-3-1   Trends in Industrial Sector Sites
Chart
Source: Calculated by Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport from "Industrial Statistics Sheet (Sites and Water Surface)" by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry,
Note1: Figures in parentheses are annual change ratio (%)
Note2: Figures are as of 31 December of each year
Note3: Since the adjustment of business was made in 1998, annual change ratios were calculated in consideration of time span.
Note4: Total site areas are for those used by (including those leased to) businesses employing more than 30 people. However, mining lots, residential houses, dormitories, grounds, warehouses, welfare and resorts facilities are excluded, as far as those sites are clearly distinguished from industrial facilities by streets (public roads), walls and fences or distinguished by any other means. Reserve sites for the expansion of current business facilities are included, where these are located next to the existing business facilities.
Note5:
Processing and assembly industry:
General machinery, electrical machinery, transportation machinery and precision machinery
Basic material industry:
Lumber /wood products, pulp/ paper/ paper processing, chemicals, petroleum and coal products, plastic products, rubber products, ceramics/ earthenware, iron and steal, non-ferrous metals, and metal products
Consumer-related industry:
Foodstuffs, Beverages/ feed/ tobacco, textiles, clothing/ other textile products, furniture/ furnishing, publishing/ printing/ related industry, hides and furs, and other manufacturing industries

Chart 2-3-2   Trends in Industrial Sector Sites by Region
Chart
Source: Calculated by Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport from "Industrial Statistics Sheet (Sites and Water Surface)" by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry,
Note1: Figures in parentheses are annual change ratio (%)
Note2:
Hokkaido: Hokkaido Prefecture
Tohoku: Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Akita, Yamagata, Fukushima and Niigata Prefecture
Kanto: Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gumma, Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Yamanashi and Nagano Prefecture
Chubu: Toyama, Ishikawa, Fukui, Gifu, Shizuoka, Aichi and Mie Prefecture
Kinki: Shiga, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Nara and Wakayama Prefecture
Chugoku: Tottori, Shimane, Okayama, Hiroshima and Yamaguchi Prefecture
Shikoku: Tokushima, Kagawa, Ehime and Kochi Prefecture
Kyushu: Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Oita, Miyazaki, Kagoshima and Okinawa Prefecture


(Site Acquisitions in the Industrial Sector)
In 2000, JPY 689.0 billion1 of capital (note) was invested in the acquisition of industry sites, a decrease of 5.8% on the previous year (see Chart 2-3-3).

1US$ = JPY (Japanese Yen) 121.8 (as of 30 September 2002). JPY 689.0 billion = US$ 5.657 million

(Note) Figures are for acquisitions of fixed assets by businesses with more than 30 employees.


Chart 2-3-3  Trends in Industrial Site Acquisition (by Sub-Sector)
Chart
Source: Calculated by Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport from "Industrial Statistics Sheet (Sites and Water Surface)" by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry,
Note: Figures in parentheses are annual change ratio (%)


(Trends in Industrial Location)
In 2000, the number of new locations for businesses within the industrial sector (note) was 1,134 in Japan, representing an increase of 16.4% on the previous year, and the land area of those new locations was 1,484 ha (3,667 acres), representing an increase of 31.9% on the previous year (see Chart 2-3-4, Chart 2-3-5).

(Note) The research covered sites (including cleared reclaimed land) with an area on acquisition of more than 1,000 sqm (:square meters, 10,764 sqf: square feet) (including the establishment of land leases) which were acquired for the construction of factories and business facilities for industrial uses, the electricity industry (excluding water power plants and geothermal power plants), the gas industry and heat providers.


Chart 2-3-4  Trends in New Industrial Locations (Number of New Locations)
Chart
Source: Calculated by Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport from "Industrial Statistics Sheet (Sites and Water Surface)" by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry,
Note1: Figures in parentheses are annual change ratio (%)
Note2: Figures are as of 31 December each year.
Note3: Total ground area (the number on the top of the bar chart) includes new locations by electricity, gas and heat providers


Chart 2-3-5  Trends in New Industrial Locations (Areas of New Locations)
Chart
Source: Calculated by Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport from "Industrial Statistics Sheet (Sites and Water Surface)" by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry,
Note1: Figures in parentheses are annual change ratio (%)
Note2: Figures are as of 31 December each year.
Note3: Total ground area (the number on the top of the bar chart) includes new locations by electricity, gas and heat providers


In relation to new locations in each region, the number of new locations increased in all regions except for Shikoku (see Chart 2-3-6). The land area of those new locations increased in Hokkaido (93.7% increase on the previous year), Tohoku (42.0% increase on the previous year), Kanto (76.6% increase on the previous year), Chubu (15.9% increase on the previous year) and Chugoku (36.1% increase on the previous year). (see Chart 2-3-7)


Chart 2-3-6  Regional New Industrial Locations by Number
Chart
Source: Calculated by Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport from "Industrial Statistics Sheet (Sites and Water Surface)" by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry,
Note1: Figures in parentheses are annual change ratio (%)
Note2: Figures are as of 31 December each year


Chart 2-3-7  Regional New Industrial Locations by Land Area
Chart
Source: Calculated by Ministry of Land Infrastructure and Transport from "Industrial Statistics Sheet (Sites and Water Surface)" by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry,
Note1: Figures in parentheses are annual change ratio (%)
Note2: Figures are as of 31 December each year


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