Telehouse Fukuoka Data Centre, Japan
Japan is a major economic power, with the world’s third largest economy by nominal GDP. As leading nation in technology, machinery and robotics, the country’s research and development budgets are among the largest in the world. Japan is also home to one of the most advanced mobile telecommunications markets in the world, with sophisticated consumers who use their devices for a wide array of activities.
Japan was ranked first globally in the BSA Global Cloud Computing Scorecard 2013 which examines major laws and regulations relevant to cloud computing, as well as each country’s ICT-related infrastructure and broadband deployment. Japan achieved the top score due to its comprehensive suite of modern laws that support and facilitate the digital economy and cloud computing including a convention on cybercrime, comprehensive privacy legislation, and intellectual property laws that cover the full range of protections relevant to cloud services.
The information and communication technology (ICT) industry is the largest industry sector in Japan with a market scale of USD 1.2 trillion (as of 2011). Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications aims to double the market to USD 2.4 trillion by 2020
There were 101,228,736 internet users in Japan (representing 79.5% of the population) at mid-year 2012 making it the country with the 4th largest number of internet users in the world after China, USA and India.
Into 2013, there were over 130 million mobile subscribers in Japan with around 97% of these using 3G services.
The data centre market in Japan has experienced significant growth in 2013, with the market expected to reach near 70,000 million yen by the end of 2015.