IT-related Industries Concentrated in “Sapporo Valley” Becoming Major Industry in Hokkaido
According to “Hokkaido IT Report 2017,” published by the Hokkaido Information and Communication Technology Association, Hokkaido’s IT industry’s sales for that year totaled 430.6 billion yen, marking 4 consecutive years of sales exceeding 400 billion yen.
It is Hokkaido’s second largest source of manufacturing employment after the food production industry, accounting for 12.2% of all manufacturing jobs in Hokkaido.
Comparison of number of employees in Hokkaido’s information industry and number of employees in Hokkaido’s manufacturing industries
Source: 2016 Confirmed Report on Economic Census (Hokkaido Government)
Engineering and Information Universities Supporting IT-Related Industry
Hokkaido has 11 universities, 1 junior college, and 4 technical high schools with engineering or informatics departments in 11 municipalities (10 cities and 1 town).
The enrollment capacity is around 5,600 people, with many highly skilled personnel graduating from these courses each year.
Universities, etc. in Hokkaido with an engineering or informatics department (FY2017)
Source: Private Schools Division, Legal Affairs and Corporations Bureau, Department of General Affairs, Hokkaido Government