Japan is a country with a rich industrial history. It is currently the world’s third-largest economy by nominal GDP and the fifth-largest economy by purchasing power parity. The country has a very high standard of living, due in large part to its robust industrial sector. Japan’s heavy industry sector is a major global player, and is responsible for a significant portion of the country’s exports.

One of the key factors contributing to Japan’s success in the heavy industry sector is its longstanding policy of industrial rationalization. This policy mandates that companies within the sector scale down their operations as they reach the limits of their practicality, in order to allow for the emergence of new, more competitive companies. This policy has helped foster a high level of innovation and productivity within the sector.

Another important factor contributing to Japan’s success in the heavy industry sector is its highly skilled workforce. Japan’s education system is renowned for its quality, and the country enjoys a relatively low level of illiteracy. This allows for a high level of automation within the sector, and has led to the widespread use of robots in a wide range of manufacturing processes.

In conclusion, Japan’s longstanding policy of industrial rationalization, its skilled workforce, and its use of robots has helped make the country a leading player in the heavy industry sector.

Heavy Industries were the lifeblood of Japan during the booming growth years, but now they maintain profitability only through outsourcing the manufacturing process to other nations with sweat-shop wages. For all intent and purposes, heavy industries in Japan are unprofitable when fully operated from Japan. Expect ever-shrinking blue-collar jobs in Japan in these industries, though the corporate profits may still make them a trader’s favorite. The back-door buildup of a defense posture will likely lead to exports of war weapons and munitions.


A&D, Aeroasahi, AeroPartners, Aerospace Iida, Aichi, APC Aerospecialty, Avio


Bemac Uzushio Electric


ClassNK, Consillium-Nittan


Daihatsu Diesel Mfg., DMW


Freesia Macross, Formation of Heavy Industry, Fukuoka Shipbuilding, Furukawa Unic, Furuno Electric


Growth Power


Hien Electric Industries, Hino Motors, Hisaka Works, Hitachi Construction Machinery, Hitachi Plant Engineering & Construction, HondaHonda Heavy Industries, Hosei, HSK


Ibuki Kogyo, IHI Aerospace, IHI, Imabari Shipbuilding, IMC, Ishii Machinery, Isuzu Motors


Japan Aeronautic Association, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency(JAXA), Japan’s Aerospace Industry, Japan Aircraft Development, Japan Manned Space Systems, Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Japan Boating Industry Association, Japan Business Aviation Association, Japan Craft Inspection Organization, Japan Manned Space Systems, Japan Marine Industry Association, Japan Marine United, Japan Ship Machinery and Equipment Association, Japanese Marine Equipment Association, Japanese Shipowners’ Association, Japan Steel Works, Japan Vehicle Inspection Association, JGC


Kamome Propeller, Kato Works, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Kegoya Dock, Kei System, Kintetsu Railcar Engineering, KitaNihon Shipbuilding, Kobelco Construction Machinery, Koito, Koken Boring Machine, Kumamoto Dock, Kurita, Kyoei Jitsugyo, Kyokuyo Shipyard, Kyosan Electric Mfg.


Maeda Seisakusho, Manabe Zoki, Marelli, Maruhide Shipbuilding, Matsui, Matsuura Materials, Maxis Engineering, Mikasa Sangyo, Minami Nippon Shipbuilding, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus, Misubishi Heavy Industry Compressor, Mitsubishi Motors, Mitsubishi Nagasaki Machinery, Mitsubishi Precision, Mitsubishi Space Jet, Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, Mitsui Seiki, Miura, Miura Shipbuilding


Nabtesco, Nachi-Fujikoshi, Naikai Zosen, Nakakita Seisakusho, Nakashima Propeller, Namura Shipbuilding, Nara Machinery, Narita Mfg., NHK MEC, Niigata Shipbuilding and Repair, Nippon Hakuyohin Kentei Kyokai, Nippon Hoist, Nissin Refrigeration & Engineering, NTK International


Ohkawa, Okada Aiyon, Onomichi Dockyard, Osaka Boiler, Oshima Shipbuilding


Saiki Heavy Industries, Sanoyas Hishino Meisho, Sanwa Dock, Sasaki Shipbuilding, Sasebo Heavy Industries, SEMCO, Shin Kurushima Dockyard, ShinMaywa Industries, Shintoa, Shipbuilding Research Centre of Japan, Shipbuilders’ Association of Japan, Showa Aircraft Industries, Sinfonia Technologies, Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies, Stabilo, Subaru, Sumidagawa Shipyard, Subaru, Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Suzuki,


Taiyo Electric, Takeuchi, Tamagawa Seiki, Tohatsu, Tokyo Aircraft Instrument, Tokyo Keiki, Tominaga & Co., Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions, Toyota Motor, Tsuneishi Shipbuilding


UACJ, Uenotex, Ushio Reinetsu


Yumac Auctions, Yamato Gokin, Yamato Kogyo, Yanmar Engineering, Yoshimasu Seisakusho