Industry Report

Business opportunities in the Japanese railway market

The total length of Japan's railways for both passengers and freight is about 27’000 km, and about 1’180 million passengers are carried per kilometer daily. These facts prove that Japan is one of the most railway-dependent countries in the world, providing exciting business opportunities for Swiss companies. Learn more about the Japanese railway market in our report!

Companies wishing to enter the Japanese railway industry must respond to the local requirements
Companies wishing to enter the Japanese railway industry must respond to the local requirements

The structure of the railway industry in Japan

There are about 180 railway companies in Japan, many of which are private. They are mostly concentrated in major metropolitan areas. What makes Japanese railway companies unique is that they also run business other than their main business, such as other transportation business like buses, tourism, real estate business, and commercial facility business.

Challenges for Swiss companies entering the Japanese railway industry

Swiss companies wishing to operate in Japan must respond to localization and customization and offer products that meet local requirements, as there are differences in environment and standards between Japan and Europe. In our report below, you can read about the various export challenges foreign companies face and how they can address them.

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