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3, 29. 2006
Leading high-tech powerhouse. Focusing on solution business. Spinning off semiconductor business including HVA system LSI. Advocates “Empowered by Innovation” as global business concept.
Largest computer manufacturer in Japan, and world’s top-class company. Also major producer of semiconductors and communications equipment. Putting emphasis on promotion of software service.
Ranked 5th in PC in the world. Diversified manufacturer and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products, spanning information & communications equipment and systems, Internet-based solutions and services.
Ranked 8th in PC in Japan. Adapted the phrase “Inspire the Next” as a declaration of the vow that Hitachi brand will meet the expectation of customers and society in the new age.
Development, designing, manufacturing and marketing of system LSI products of microcomputer logic analog, discreet semiconductor products and flash memory/ SRM. Top-ranked in microcomputer in the world.
NEC Electronics
Major semiconductor specialty maker with system LSI for installation in LCDs, automobiles, mobile phones, DVDs, digital cameras as mainline. Spun off and became independent of NEC in November 2002.
Advanced process technology, highly sophisticated product development capabilities and experience in selling a broad line of devices to customers, position the company for continued leadership in semiconductor market.
Electronic components
Major comprehensive produce of electronic component, including printer, LCD, and MR heads. Highly competitive in components for information-communication and automobiles.
Leading manufacturer of electronic equipment parts with hybrid ICs and ceramic capacitors as mainline. Top class in hybrid ICs and major manufacturer of optical desks in CDs-R.
Mitsumi Electric
Leading comprehensive electronic parts manufacturer with mechanical parts and computer equipments as mainlines. Subsidiaries aggressively involved in overseas manufacturing. Has many in-house developed products.
Mabuchi Motor
Commands over 50% of global share in small motors. Supplies to diverse users from consumer electronics makers to auto and precision machinery makers. All products manufactured overseas, mainly in China.
Leading comprehensive ceramics manufacturer. Has strength in ceramic products such as IC packages and capacitors. Advanced in bio-ceramics including artificial bones. Also strong in telecom equipment.
Murata Manufacturing
Major producer of electronic components. Top-ranked maker of ceramic capacitors in the world and major maker of ceramic filters for communications equipment.
Specialty manufacturer of precision motors, having world’s largest share in small motors for HDDs, CDs-ROM and other electronic products. Aggressive toward M&A activities.
Diversified into building materials, electronic circuits including PCBs and specialty carbons. Known for high technological expertise. Supplies IC packages to Intel of US.
Shinko Electric Industries
Major manufacturer of semiconductor packages, affiliated with Fujitsu Ltd. Diversified into glass terminals, ceramics etc. from IC lead-frames, mainline. Unique in its in-house integrated production.
Largest specialist manufacturer of custom-made LSLs. Emphasizing on expanding gate ally and microprocessors. Also major maker of resistors and semiconductor devises.
Related organization
Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA)

Aims to promote the health manufacturing, international trade and consumption of electronics products and components in order to contribute to the overall development of the electronics and information technology (IT) industries.

Digital Camera
Founded in May 1946. Primarily focused on electronics, entertainment and financial service sectors. Not only represent a wide range of business but also remain globally unique. Aggressively carrying out convergence strategy.
Top-ranked manufacturer of PC printers. Globally known for Canon brand cameras. Diversified copiers into OA equipment. Now all-embracing producer of visual image, LCDs and solar cells and information equipment.
Pioneer in lightweight SLR cameras. Its major profit-earner endoscopes accounting for 70% of world’s share. Seeking future growth by strengthening digital cameras having third-ranked world’s share.
Leading camera maker and world’s top-class manufacturer of high-quality SLR cameras. Major profit earner is semiconductor manufacturing equipment steppers. Digital cameras making strong growth.
Fuji Photo Film
Largest photo filmmaker in Japan. In color films, boasting 70% domestic market share and ranked second in the world. Also top-class in digital cameras, diversifying into LC materials.
Casio Computer
Leading digital watch manufacturer, unrivaled in domestic market. Known for IC development and designing know-how. Vying with Sharp for top LCD TVs, WPs etc. Making rapid growth in digital cameras.
Konica Minolta Holdings
Holding company born out of the business integration between Konica and Minolta. Main earning products consist of copiers and optical pickup lenses for DVD, CD drives, camera photo etc.
Well-known as manufacturer of Pentax brand cameras. Leads others in high zoom compact cameras. Expanding into gastro cameras, image scanners, laser beam printers and CAD/CAM systems.
Major manufacturer of digital SLR cameras and lenses for SLR cameras, electronic flash and optical equipments. Founded in September 1961 Has overseas subsidiaries in US, Germany etc.
Major manufacturer of lenses for use in general cameras, projectors, video cameras etc. Excelling in zoom lenses for auto-focusing SLR cameras. Expanding into video cameras lenses.
Precision Machine
Top-ranked manufacturer of PC printers. Globally known for Canon brand cameras. Diversified copiers into OA equipment. Now all-embracing producer of visual image, LCDs and solar cells and information equipment.
Comprehensive maker of OA equipment. Top-ranked among domestic makers of copiers and fax machines. Aggressive toward tie-up with major overseas films. Expanding overseas sales network through M&A strategy.
Fuji Xerox
Specialty manufacturer centered on copiers. Joint venture company born out of business integration between Fuji Photo Film and Rank Xerox (UK) in 1962. Launched the Fuji Xerox 91
Seiko Epson
Leading manufacturer of printers in Japan. Top-ranked domestically and second in the world in ink jet printers. Mainline printers pursue "super high resolution equal to photograph."
Related industry organization
Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA)

Organization made up of members engaged in the production or distribution of silver halide cameras, digital cameras, and related devices, instruments and software. Set up in July 2002 to deal with issues related technology, environment, fair market competition and others.

Competent Authorities
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
One of the central government offices in Japan. Newly created in January 2001 as the successor of the abolished Ministry of International Trade and Industry. Aims at strengthening private economy, smooth development of external economic relation and to secure the steady supply of mineral and energy resources.
Agency for Natural Resources and Energy
Policy making on securing stable and efficient supply of energy, further promotion of good clean environmentally friendly new energy. Also engaged in making policy on securing of efficient use of natural resources.
Other related organizations
Japan Recording-Media Industries Association (JRIA)
Engaged in research, enlightenment, diffusion, policy making on regulation and standard for the purpose of recording media product industry. There are 10 member companies and 54 associate member companies and 1 associate organization.
Japan Business Machine and Information System Industries Association (JBMIA)
Established in 1960 and renamed as JBMIA in April 2002. Engaged in various industry activities in the light of development of information society such as digitalization, and deepening of networking. Also engaged in linkage services to competent authorities and member companies.
Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan (SEAJ)
Founded in March 1985, promoted by the major semiconductor equipment manufactures. Nationwide organization of semiconductor manufacturing and flat panel display (FPD) manufacturing equipment manufacturers and related equipment manufacturers.
Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan (JPA)
Engaged in creating new form in the software industry by integrating wisdom among the industry, academia, and government. Also engaged in enhancement of software development capabilities. Aims to analyze and theorize various development methods such as “matching & fitting” methods.

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