Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, “Project for Strengthening Digital Infrastructure by Distributing Data Centers, Submarine Cables, etc. in Local Areas,” The Future of Data Center Business as Seen from the Results of the First Adoption.

List of Adopted Businesses


On June 27, 2022, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) announced the results of the first round of public solicitation for the “Project for Strengthening Digital Infrastructure by Distributing Data Centers, Submarine Cables, etc. in Local Areas”.

The selected businesses are as follows

Indirect Subsidiaries


Ishikari Enedata Center No.1 LLC

Ishikari City, Hokkaido

Yahoo Japan Corporation

Shirakawa City, Fukushima

NTT Global Data Center

Souraku-gun, Kyoto

Optage Inc and KS Higashi Umeda, LLC

Osaka City, Osaka

Softbank Corporation and BBIX Corporation

Ikoma City, Nara

Internet Initiative Japan Inc.

Matsue City, Shimane

QTent Corporation

Fukuoka City, Fukuoka


What is the purpose of the public offering?


The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) has stated that the purpose of this public offering is to support the establishment of digital infrastructure such as data centers, submarine cables, and Internet access points (IX) in Japan, where large-scale earthquakes are expected to occur, and to develop robust communication network bases through decentralization, in order to contribute to the development of a “safe and secure” data hub from the perspective of economic security and other issues. The project will contribute to the development of a data hub that can store and process domestic and international data in a “safe and secure” manner from the perspective of economic security, etc.


Local Governments Want to Attract Data Centers


Prior to this, on April 12, 2022, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) published on its official website a list of sites that are open to the establishment of new data centers.

In order to optimize data center placement, we exchanged opinions with local governments that were interested in establishing new data centers, and more than 100 local governments proposed candidate sites.


What is the future of the data center business?


According to the latest forecast of the domestic data center service market by IDC Japan K.K. released in 2021, the data center market in Japan will be worth 2,798.7 billion yen in 2025, with an annual growth rate of 12.5% from 2020 to 2025. The market is expected to continue to grow on the back of demand for cloud computing.


According to the company’s survey, new data centers are expected to be built one after another for about four years starting in 2021, and the number of business data centers to be built during this period is expected to be around 200,000 square meters (equivalent to four Tokyo Domes) annually on a total floor area basis.


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