HIKONE, SHIGA PREF. – The domestic market for internet shopping has been growing steadily at an annual rate of nearly 10 percent, according to a survey released last year by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. In fiscal 2017, Japan’s online shopping market reached ¥16.5 trillion, accounting for 5.79 percent of total household spending. Since the ratio has already passed 10 percent in such countries as Britain, China and the United States, the size of the Japanese market is likely to double over the next several years.
Online shopping is attractive to consumers since the prices are relatively low, the goods are quickly delivered to the designated places and there are no additional cost for credit card payments. In addition, there is a large variety of merchandise for customers to choose from, and a premium member of Amazon Japan can enjoy free delivery by paying annual dues of ¥3,900.