We’ve managed to track down 44 Japan owned companies in Ukraine, employing around 12,700 people. According to Teikoku Databank, there are 57 such companies and branches of Japanese organisations.
By far the largest Japanese employer in Ukraine is Sumitomo Electric Industries, with nearly 7,000 employees, manufacturing wire harnesses for the automotive industry. Japanese media say that Hitachi employs around 7,200 people in Ukraine via their recent acquisition, GlobalLogic. It seems likely many of these are on a contract basis rather than a permanent basis, as Dun & Bradstreet only records 49 employees and Kompass 1000-4999. [Later addition – this seems to be correct – probably US IT contractors helping Ukraine build up cyber defences]
The second largest Japanese employer is Fujikura and the third largest is Yazaki, both also manufacturing automotive wire harnesses.
According to Nikkei Asia, both Sumitomo Electric and Fujikura have shut down their plants, as has Japan Tobacco.
Japanese trading companies also have a presence – Sumitomo Corporation, Itochu (operating Suzuki dealerships via Auto International), Marubeni and Mitsui. Japanese pharmaceutical companies Takeda and Astellas also employ a few hundred, as does Dentsu, the advertising agency.
No Japanese car brands are manufactured in Ukraine, but Nissan, Toyota and Subaru all have operations there.
There is an IT hub in Lviv, and various Japanese IT and consumer electronic companies do have a presence in Ukraine, such as Renesas, Rakuten, Konica Minolta, Panasonic and NTT.
How does this compare to Russia? Please see here.
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