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Specialty and semi-specialty store numbers in Japan 2002-2014

The statistic presents the number of specialty and semi-specialty stores in Japan from 2002 to 2014. In 2002, there were approximately 1.14 million specialty and semi-specialty stores operating in Japan. This number decreased to around 620 thousand such stores in 2014.

Number of specialty and semi-specialty stores in Japan from 2002 to 2014

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Release date

December 2016



Survey time period

2002 to 2014

Supplementary notes

Figures are based on the Census of Commerce by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). The product categories are based on the classification defined by the METI.
The source defines speciality and semi-speciality stores as followed: "The composition ratio of the followings (Apparel, Food, Housing) is either 90 percent or more (speciality store) or from 50 percent to less than 90 percent (semi-specialty store)."
The source provides the following information: 'Because industrial classification and investigative method was changed, the figures for 2014 have no data continuty from previous investigation."
Values have been rounded.

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