Sales revenue IC industry Japan FY 2018, by business activity

In fiscal year 2018, the telecommunications segment recorded the highest sales revenue in the information and communications industry, generating a sales value of approximately 17.5 trillion Japanese yen. Software business activity ranked second with a sales value of around 15 trillion Japanese yen, followed by data processing and information services with a sales revenue of over six trillion Japanese yen. 

 Telecommunications business

In 2018, telecommunications business accounted for approximately 35 percent of the information and communications industry. Softbank Corp, NTT Docomo, and au by KDDI were among the main mobile phone operators in Japan. Softbank’s product sales and telecommunication services combined generated a revenue of around 3.6 trillion Japanese yen in 2018. In the same year, NTT Docomo’s operating revenue from their telecommunication services amounted to approximately 3.1 trillion Japanese yen. KDDI owns a mobile phone brand au (by KDDI) and reached a mobile communication revenue of  close to 1.8 trillion yen in 2018.  

 Software business

With a share of around 31 percent, software business accounted for the second highest sales revenue in the industry in 2018. That year, there were a total of approximately 22 thousand business enterprises in the Japanese software service industry, employing more than 707 thousand people. 

 Data processing and information services 

The sector that recognized the third highest sales revenue in the industry was data processing and information services, with a share of almost 13 percent. In 2018, over 310 thousand people were employed in the industry and around 9.9 thousand companies were engaged in this business activity.

Sales revenue of the information and communications industry in Japan in fiscal year 2018, by business activity (in trillion Japanese yen)*

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Release date

March 2019



Survey time period

June 16 to August 15, 2018

Number of respondents

5,467 companies

Special properties

online survey

Method of interview

Postal questionnaire

Supplementary notes

*According to the source, this statistic includes companies engaged in the information and communication business (whether as their main business or not). Figures only refer to the sales from the information and communications business.

The Japanese fiscal year runs from April 1 to March 31 of the following year.
1 Japanese yen equals 0.00925 U.S. dollars or 0.00849 euros as of October 2019.
Figures have been rounded.

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