Eco-business / Social Venture

June 8, 2011


Survey Shows Environmental Businesses Have Positive Prospects

Keywords: Eco-business / Social Venture Government Manufacturing industry Non-manufacturing industry 

According to the December 2010 "Economic Survey of Environmental Industries" released by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment on February 25, 2011, the business confidence of eco-businesses surpassed that of their industries as a whole. Many companies saw positive prospects for Japanese eco-businesses as a whole over the next ten years, and saw particular potential in the fields of eco-friendly cars, solar power generation, energy conservation and energy management.

Thirty-six percent of respondents were in eco-businesses, and another 30 percent of respondents had intentions to enter the new field of eco-business. Eco-businesses rated higher in "domestic supply-demand," "domestic output price," "R & D spending," "equipment scale" and "workforce" when compared with other industries.

The survey was conducted from December 1, 2010 through January 13, 2011, and targeted 10,933 companies selected by capital- and industry-based stratified random sampling from all industries, except official businesses, capitalized at 20 million yen (about U.S.$241,000) or more. Valid responses were obtained from 3,223 companies, giving a valid response rate of 29.5 percent.

A trial survey was conducted in February 2010 and this was the first official survey based on the Statistics Act. The survey is scheduled to be conducted and published every six months.

Posted: 2011/06/08 06:00:15 AM



Ministry of the Environment official website