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Sales of medical device and pharmaceutical goods Japan FY 2018, by type

In the fiscal year 2018, the value of therapeutic equipment and device sales in Japan amounted to over two trillion Japanese yen. Diagnostic equipment accounted for the second-highest sales value at over 1.5 trillion yen. That year, the total sales value of pharmaceutical products and medical devices reached over 4.9 trillion yen.

Different types of medical equipment

There are many types of medical equipment for different medical fields and applications. The term therapeutic equipment describes items such as wheelchairs, hospital beds, crutches, nebulizers, or any type of device used for healing purposes of certain conditions. Diagnostic equipment includes medical imaging machines such as X-rays, CT scans, or ultrasound as well as stethoscopes or pulse oximeters. In 2018, the medical devices accounting for the highest production value in Japan were sterile tubes and catheters for blood vessels at over 200 billion yen. This was followed by clinical chemistry automated analyzers, which are used for analyzing samples such as plasma, urine, and blood serum.

Japanese manufacturers of medical devices

Established in 1968 and headquartered in Kobe, Sysmex Corporation is one of the Japanese manufacturers which provides diagnostic technology for in-vitro testing of samples for various medical fields. The company recorded increasing net sales throughout the past years, recently reaching over 300 billion yen. It has subsidiaries also in several European countries. Another major medical device manufacturer is Terumo Corporation, founded in 1921. The Tokyo-based company provides services and products in more than 160 countries worldwide. The component collection system of the subsidiary Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies in the United States is effectively used in the collection site of blood plasma for the research of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treatment.

Breakdown of sales value of medical devices and pharmaceutical goods in Japan in fiscal year 2018, by product type

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Release date

March 2020



Survey time period

fiscal year 2018; the Japanese fiscal year starts on April 1 of the stated year and ends on March 31 of the following year

Special properties

including domestic and overseas sales; based on a survey result

Supplementary notes

1 Japanese yen equals 0.0095 U.S. dollars or 0.0081 euros as of October 2020.
Values have been rounded.

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