Today, despite an overall economic slowdown beginning in the 1990s, Japanese industries remain amongst the most highly advanced and innovative worldwide. In many manufacturing industries – particularly in the electronics and automotive sectors – the term “Japanese” is synonymous with high quality and technologically advanced products, and in a wide variety of sectors, Japanese companies are world leaders in both production and technological advancements in their respective fields.

In 2012, industry accounted for 27.5% of Japan’s GDP. Major Japanese industries include automotive, electronic equipment, machine tools, steel and nonferrous metals, ships, chemicals, textiles, and processed foods. Despite this, it is the service sector which comprises the biggest part of Japan’s economy, responsible for 71.4% of GDP in 2012. Major services in Japan include banking, insurance, retailing, transportation and telecommunications. Agriculture is responsible for the remainder, and although its contribution to GDP is small, it is still a highly important element of Japan’s economy and society.

Economy Watch, Japan Industry Sectors, 2013

This section contains a wide variety of information on Japan's leading industries and sectors.