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Japanese Semiconductor Manufacturing Industry Development and Strategies of Key Players

  • ID: 4841781
  • Report
  • August 2019
  • Region: Japan
  • 29 Pages
  • Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute (MIC)
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  • Amkor
  • Fujitsu
  • Ltd
  • Panasonic
  • Sony
  • TowerJazz
  • MORE

The Japanese semiconductor industry, which previously operated under the IDM (Integrated Device Manufacturer) model, not only was a leader in Asia but also had an unprecedented role in the world. After many years passed, Japan was too slow to adjust to structural changes in the industry, causing it to gradually lose its edge. This report covers the current status and future development of the industry as it gears itself towards new application markets such as autonomous vehicles and explores strategies of key players, including Toshiba, Panasonic, Fujitsu, Renesas Electronics, and Sony.

List of Topics

  • Development of the Japanese semiconductor brands in the global industry and includes top 10 shipment volume ranking in 2018
  • Development of major Japanese players, including Toshiba, Panasonic, Fujitsu, Renesas Electronics, and Sony, and touching on their advantages and disadvantages as well as their market and product strategies
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  • Amkor
  • Fujitsu
  • Ltd
  • Panasonic
  • Sony
  • TowerJazz
  • MORE

1.Industry Status
1.1 Toshiba is the Only Japan's Semiconductor Brand Left on Top 10 Player List

2. Development of Japan’s Key Players
2.1 Toshiba
2.1.1 Japan's No. 1 Semiconductor Manufacturer, Ranked 8th in the World
2.1.2 NAND Flash is Toshiba's Main Semiconductor Revenue Source
2.1.3 Toshiba Memory Corporation (TMC) Spun off to Fix Accounting Issues
2.2 Panasonic
2.2.1 Missed Market Changes, Poor Operations, No Longer a Top-ranked Company
2.2.2 Tightening Belts to Focus on Sensors
2.3 Fujitsu
2.3.1 Ranked 20th in the World, with no Standout Products
2.3.2 Semiconductor Business Split up to Build Relationships with Other Manufacturers
2.3.3 After Restructuring Fails to Fix Performance, Fujitsu Will Eventually Sell its Semiconductor Business and Move Towards a Fabless Model
2.3.4 Fujitsu is Going Almost Fabless, and will Focus on Next-Gen Memory
2.4 Renesas Electronics
2.4.1 Renesas has Turned to Outsourced Production as Japan's Plant Utilization Rate Has Continued to Decline
2.4.2 Organizational Reforms, Reshaped Product Lines, and a Focus on Emerging Market Segments
2.4.3 Accelerated Foreign M&A Activity to Increase Efficiency
2.5 Sony
2.5.1 Sony Spins off Semiconductor Division, Revenue Growth Driven by CMOS Sensors

3. Perspective

  • Appendix
  • Glossary of Terms
  • List of Companies

List of Figures
Figure 1 Top 10 Global Semiconductor Manufacturers in 2010 vs. 2018
Figure 2 Global Comparison of NAND Flash Manufacturing Processes
Figure 3 Global Market Share of Major NAND Flash Manufacturers
Figure 4 Panasonic's Semiconductor Reorganization Strategy 2013-2018
Figure 5 Semiconductor Plants Currently Owned by Fujitsu
Figure 6 Semiconductor Plants Owned by Renesas, 2012-present
Figure 7 Capacity Utilization of Renesas Wafer Fabs in Japan
Figure 8 Renesas Income by Business Segment
Figure 9 Renesas Strategy by Product Category and Application Field
Figure 10 Renesas & A Entry Strategy for Emerging Applications
Figure 11 Sony's Semiconductor Income Distribution, 2015-2018
Figure 12 Distribution of Sony's Main CMOS Imaging Sensor Factories

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  • Aizu Fujitsu Semiconductor Wafer Solution Ltd.
  • Amkor
  • Apple
  • ArchiTek
  • ASE
  • Bain Capital
  • Broadcom
  • Foxconn
  • Fujitsu
  • Huawei
  • Hynix
  • IDT
  • Intel
  • Intersil
  • J-Device
  • Ltd
  • Matsushita Electric Industrial Co.
  • Micron
  • Mie Fujitsu Semiconductor
  • NEC Electronics
  • NVidia
  • OmniVision
  • ON Semiconductor
  • Panasonic
  • Qualcomm
  • Renesas
  • Samsung
  • SanDisk
  • SK Hynix
  • Socionext
  • Sony
  • Sony Energy Devices
  • Sony Semiconductor Solutions
  • Sony Storage Media and Devices
  • Spansion
  • ST
  • TI
  • TMC
  • Toshiba
  • TowerJazz
  • Toyota Industries Corporation
  • TSMC
  • UMC
  • UTAC
  • WD
  • Westinghouse Electric
  • Xiaomi
  • ZMD
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Primary research with a holistic, cross-domain approach

The exhaustive primary research methods are central to the value that the analyst delivers. A combination of questionnaires and on-site visits to the major manufacturers provides a first view of the latest data and trends. Information is subsequently validated by interviews with the manufacturers' suppliers and customers, covering a holistic industry value chain. This process is backed up by a cross-domain team-based approach, creating an interlaced network across numerous interrelated components and system-level devices to ensure statistical integrity and provide in-depth insight.

Complementing primary research is a running database and secondary research of industry and market information. Dedicated research into the macro-environmental trends shaping the ICT industry also allows the analyst to forecast future development trends and generate foresight perspectives. With more than 20 years of experience and endeavors in research, the methods and methodologies include:


  • Component supplier interviews
  • System supplier interviews
  • User interviews
  • Channel interviews
  • IPO interviews
  • Focus groups
  • Consumer surveys
  • Production databases
  • Financial data
  • Custom databases


  • Technology forecasting and assessment
  • Product assessment and selection
  • Product life cycles
  • Added value analysis
  • Market trends
  • Scenario analysis
  • Competitor analysis