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The industrial profile of Japan

Type of Production
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The industrial sector constitutes approximately 29% of GDP and manufacturing employs nearly 24% of the workforce. Japan has traditionally been a world leader with its automated production processes. On the whole, the industry has benefited from innovative technology- including the chemical, aircraft and software sectors. Japan ranks among the world's largest and most technologically advanced producers of electronic equipment, machine tools, steel and nonferrous metals, ships, chemicals, textiles and processed foods. The production value of the food industry ranked third among manufacturing industries (after electric and transport machinery).

Professional Associations by Sector
110 professional associations listed for Japan.

Type of Manufacturers

The labor cost in Japan is too high to allow the country to be competitive for this type of business relation. Nevertheless in some high technological segments, one may find some competitive subcontractors.

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