Automotive sector tops Research and Development expenditure in Japan


Japan’s auto industry is ramping up R&D investment to defy the once-in-a-century technological disturbance generated by electrification, connectivity and autonomous driving.

Automotive companies seized the top four slots for the greatest amount of total R&D spending this year in a survey of Japanese companies published July 23 by the Nikkan Kogyo business daily.

It is a measurement that more recently has been intensely inclined to electronics and consumer goods companies.

Japan’s largest investor in the future this year was Toyota, with an R&D budget of 1.1 trillion yen ($10.13 billion) in fiscal year 2019, according to the Nikkan Kogyo.

On the second place was Honda, which earmarked 860 billion yen ($7.92 billion).

Nissan was on the third place with 550 billion yen ($5.06 billion), and the Toyota-affiliated global supplier Denso was the fourth-highest spender at 520 billion yen ($4.79 billion).

Their spending overtook that of Japanese high-tech firms like Sony, Panasonic and Toshiba, which were known to set the global standard for electronic gadgetry and digital creativity and innovation.

Automakers are increasing their R&D investment to bring some of that tech know-how in-house as they race to implement software systems and artificial intelligence to cars.

Sony had the nation’s fifth-biggest R&D budget; Panasonic was seventh.

Measured in a distinctive way, Denso took top honours in Japan’s auto sector.

Denso spent the biggest amount on R&D as a percentage of overall revenue. Its budget represents 9.5 percent of sales, thrashing the other automakers and suppliers at the top of the list.

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