No.2234
11/28/2019

Assistive Technology Market in Japan: Key Research Findings 2019

Yano Research Institute (the President, Takashi Mizukoshi) has conducted a survey on the domestic Assistive technology market and has found out the trend by product category (9 items), the trend of market players, and future perspectives.


Transition and Forecast of Assistive Technology Market Size
Transition and Forecast of Assistive Technology Market Size

Market Overview

The domestic assistive technology market size (based on the shipment values at makers) in FY2017 grew by 2.7% to achieve 308,260 million yen, and the market size for FY2018 is projected to rise by 2.0% to attain 314,480 million yen. The influence of the revision of long-term care insurance system taking effect in FY2018 differs by item, but is likely to be limited, in general.

Future Outlook

Despite a possibility of being somewhat affected by the revision of long-term care insurance system against the backdrop of diminishing of fiscal resources, the assistive technology market for the future is expected to be driven by increasing population of elderly. By FY2025 the market size is projected to attain 353,570 million yen, based on the shipment values at makers.

The makers of assistive technology (including welfare equipment and long-term care products) need to consider their future strategies over the increase of co-payment rate to 30% for the users with certain levels of income after the revision of long-term care insurance system taking effect in FY2018. Meanwhile, the upper limits being set for the leasing fee by each assistive technology item has started affecting the rental market of assistive technology in that it may cause classification of rental businesses.

Since the product releases by makers invigorate the entire assistive technology market, the makers are expected to develop some products such as dementia-supporting tools that can expect high demand, or to develop welfare equipment diverting to rehabilitation devices.

Research Outline

1.Research Period: October 2018 to March 2019
2.Research Object: Makers of assistive technology (including welfare equipment and long-term care products) and importers
3.Research Methogology: Face-to-face interviews by the expert researchers, and literature research

the Assistive Technology Market

Assistive technology includes welfare equipment and long-term care products that contribute in independency and long-term care support in the daily lives of elderly and disabilities regardless of at home or at facilities.
The assistive technology market size in this research indicate the market of the following nine items: 1) Home-use caring beds, 2) Air mattresses, body pressure dispersing mats, 3) Wheelchairs, 4) Walking assistance equipment, walkers, rollators, 5) lifts for care, 6) Baths with functions to support long-term care, 7) Diapers for elderly, 8) Bathing goods for care, and 9) Portable toilets.
Beds used at medical/long-term care facilities, electric wheelchairs/electric tricycles, four-wheel cars, stair lifts, wheelchair lifts, and assistive/long-term care robots are not included.

<Products and Services in the Market>

Home-use caring beds, air mattresses, body pressure dispersing mats, wheelchairs, walking assistance equipment, walkers, rollators, lifts for care, Baths with functions to support long-term care, diapers for elderly, bathing goods for care, and portable toilets

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