Number of internet users Japan 2015-2025

The number of internet users in Japan amounted to around 116.1 million in 2019. This figure was projected to increase to about 117.6 million internet users by 2025.

Japan’s online population

Japan is among the countries with the highest number of internet users in the world. It is home to one of the most advanced IT industries and enjoys a very high internet penetration rate, which is expected to grow further in the next years. When it comes to devices, most people used smartphones to access the internet as of 2019, indicating the importance of mobile internet connections. Partly as a countermeasure against the rapidly aging population in Japan, the Japanese government introduced the concept of Society 5.0 in 2016, which aims to increase the digitalization and connectivity of the economy as well as various aspects of social life. This industry policy will further increase the importance of the internet in the future.

Current usage

A survey on the most common reasons why people in Japan use the internet showed that communicating via email, searching for information, and using social networking services were among the leading activities as of December 2019. The same survey showed that a majority of people engaged in using video sharing websites and purchasing goods and services online. While many people in Japan are avid users of the internet, surveys show that a majority of people have concerns regarding online safety. As of 2019, about three quarters of respondents to a survey were worried when using the internet, mainly because of privacy and security concerns. During the same year, about 81 percent of people in Japan wanted to do more to protect their privacy.

Number of internet users in Japan from 2015 to 2019 with a forecast until 2025

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Release date

July 2020



Survey time period

2015 to 2019

Supplementary notes


Figures have been rounded.

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