Business climate survey: German Business in Japan 2017 (English)

For its second Annual Business Climate Survey, AHK Japan contacted 397 German companies in Japan in February 2017. Responses were received from 106 companies, representing a response rate of 27%.

Small and medium-sized enterprises dominate the German company landscape in Japan. Some 37% of companies are represented by fewer than 10 employees, while 34% of those surveyed have up to 50 employees. Just under 3% have more than 500 employees.

The average sales revenue of the companies is comparatively high. In the financial year 2016, 59% of companies surveyed recorded sales revenues of up to EUR 10 million. Some 21% exceed the threshold for medium-sized companies with sales revenues in excess of EUR 50 million. The sector breakdown has barely changed since the previous year. Over one quarter of companies surveyed operate in the engineering sector, while a further 10% are automotive suppliers and consumer goods companies.

The majority of companies surveyed have longstanding operations in Japan, with almost half having been in the country for more than twenty years. The proportion of companies that have opened an office in Japan in the last five years is just under 10%.

I Overview:
German-Japanese economic relations

II Outlook:
German companies optimistic
Prospects: EU-Japan free trade agreement

III Insight:
Opportunities and challenges
Third market business: Working together

IV Perspective:
Profile of the companies surveyed

The survey has been carried out in February 2017 and was published in cooperation with Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI).
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2. Edition, August 2017

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Business climate survey: German Business in Japan 2017