There are scores of Japanese companies in the country and in this post, we have provided a full list of these companies
The list is specific to companies that are registered in Japan but with a locally incorporated company, branch or representative office registered in Nigeria.
These include companies under the following categories.
- Electrical, Electronic and Heavy electricity
- Optical and Precision Instruments resources
- Medical and Examination machinery
- Motor vehicles
- Motor vehicle parts and other transportation related equipment
- Iron and Steel, Non-Ferrous Metals and Fabricated Metals
- Chemical products
- Paper, Construction material, Glass and Cement
- Textile, Garment and Leather
- Foods and Beverages
- Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
- Restaurant and Retail
- IT, Communication and Contents
- Natural resource and Energy
- Construction, Equipment, Plant and Engineering
List of Japanese Companies in Nigeria
Currently, there are 31 Japanese companies in Nigeria and we have listed some of them below:
NEC is a Japanese company with local offices in several African countries which include South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Tunisia.
The company is involved in the sale of information and communications products, microwave communication systems and other mobile phone base station facilities, laying of submarine cables, sale of broadcast equipment, etc.
It was established as a locally incorporated company in Nigeria in 2012. In 2015, NEC received order for finger authentication and facial recognition ID system from Lagos, Nigeria.
Panasonic has offices in South Africa, Tanzania and Nigeria. The company is involved in the sale of home electronics, audio-visual devices and office equipmen.
It launched a consignment production of air conditioner and TV in 2016 in Nigeria and serves as an agent of Panasonic Ecosysems in Nigeria selling electric fans.
In 2016, the company announced the sale of smart phones in Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana
Yokogawa Electric Corporation (YEC)
YEC has locally incorporated companies in South Africa, Nigeria and Angola. The company is engaged in sale and service business activities, etc. for plant control systems, controllers and measuring equipment, etc.
In 2003, Yokogawa Electric Korea signed a contract for an instrumentation system for a petroleum station in Nigeria from Hyundai Heavy Industries.
NIPRO has locally incorpoated companies in South Africa, Nigeria, Senegal, and Ethiopia, and branch office in Kenya
The company is involved in the sale of medical equipment including dialysis machine ・
With offices in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria, Nissei is involved in the sale and support of stretch blow molding machine
Honda is a popular brand in Africa and the company has offices in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria.
Also, Honda has presence in other African countries like Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe,Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Seychelles,Tanzania, Madagascar, Mauritius, Ghana,Côted’Ivoire, Sierra Leone,Burkina Faso,Benin, Gabon,DRC, Burundi, Egypt,Tunisia, Morocco
Honda is involved in the sale of motorbikes and four-wheel vehicles in Nigeria. The company commenced the assembly and sale of motorbikes in Nigeria in 1981
It established a sales company for four-wheel vehicles in 2013 and commenced manufacture in 2015.
Yamaha is another prominent Japanese company in Nigeria. The company is engaged in the sales of outboard engine, boat, automobile.
In 2015, it established a joint venture with CFAO to manufacture and sell motorbikes in Nigeria in 2015
Marubeniltochi is a Japanese company in Nigeria involved in the production of galvanized steel sheet and colored metal sheet, export of steel stock, and import of iron ore and manganese
NIPPON Steel & SUMITOMO Metal
With offices in South Africa, Mozambique and Nigeria, Nippon is a prominent Japanese company with presence in Africa. The company together with Marubeni-Itochu steel, made capital contribution to Midland Rolling Mills (MRM), a Nigerian cold rolled steel sheet manufacturer of the SAFAL Group in 2010.
Kansai Paint is another prominent Japanese company with offices in several African countries including Nigeria.
In 2016, Kansai Paint established a joint venture in Nigeria with paints and coating manufacturers.
Denka is engaged in the sales of synthetic fiber as materials for women’s wigs and hair extensions to local plants in African countries with offices in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria.
Ajinomoto is one of the leading processed food manufacturers in the world. The company is of Japanese origin and it has offices in several African countries including Nigeria.
Ajinomoto established a locally incorporated company in Nigeria in 1991, and conducts repacking at a plant and sales to sales agents by employing local staff.
In 2016, the company acquired a stake in Promasidor, a processed foods manufacturer, and expanded its manufacture and sales base to South Africa, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana, DRC, Algeria and Libya.
Sanyo Foods has local offices in Ghana and Nigeria. In 2013, made capital contribution to a local company held by Olam International (general trading company of agricultural products in Singapore) in Nigeria, and entered the instant noodles market. Also, in 2014, the company invested $187.5M, 25% of stake, in Olam Packaged Foods which manufactures and sells tomato paste, seasoning, biscuit, candy in Nigeria and Ghana.
JT is a tobacco company with incorporated companies in South Africa, Zambia, Malawi, Nigeria, Tunisia, Morocco mainly for procurement of leaf tobacco
Sony Music Entertainment
Sony Music Entertainment is a popular Japanese company with offices in South Africa and Nigeria. The company is involved in the sale of ringtone music for incoming calls and spot local talents.
NTT is engaged in the building and maintenance of IT system infrastructure for business customers. The company has business bases in 21 African countries including Nigeria and provides services in 34 countries.
Fujitop is a leasing and maintenance of medical devices with a locally incorporated company in Nigeria.
Mitsubishi has business bases in South Africa, Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Nigeria, Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia, and Morocco.
In 2015, the company obtained 20% of the shares of Olam, an agricultural trading company. The company is involved in the sale of steel products (Metal One, an affiliated company, business) in 12 African countries as well as the sale of Mitsubishi cars.
With locally incorporated in Nigeria, Taichi Holdings is a Japanese trading company specialized in home electric appliances, precision instruments, automobiles, and medicine, etc.