Present in Japan for over forty-five years, Thales promotes technological innovation and is an active and recognised partner for the development of Japanese infrastructure. The Group serves Japanese needs in the defence, transportation, aerospace, space and security markets.

A strong portfolio of solutions and technologies enables Thales to meet customer and partner needs efficiently by supporting them in common projects. Key projects have enabled Thales in Japan to expand the business locally and to build a dynamic and skilled workforce.
Thales’ strategy is to boost its local presence by partnering with local players. Addressing worldwide needs and partnering with key industrial Japanese players is part of Thales’ operating strategy.
  • In Japan, Thales works with over 500 suppliers ranging from large enterprises to very small-sized companies with highly skilled artisans.  Together with its partners, Thales addresses the needs for scientific, spatial and various industrial applications.
  • To prepare for the future, relationships with universities and research centres are critical. In 2013, the Japanese research institute RIKEN (RIKEN Spring-8 Centre) awarded Thales with a contract for the development and installation of two intense 500 terawatt laser beam lines. The system has significantly expanded the capabilities of the current SACLA (Spring-8 Angstrom Compact free electron Laser) used by researchers in Japan and the international community for advanced research in science. This type of laser paves the way for a new generation of extremely powerful particle accelerators, which will be smaller and less costly, for fundamental research in materials physics and for medical applications.  
  • On the export market, Thales is working in consortium with Japanese players to address international markets. In 2015, a consortium consisting of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Corporation, Hitachi, The Kinki Sharyo Co. and Thales received a Letter of Conditional Acceptance for Doha Metro Construction. This is one of the world's largest projects for a single metro system. Construction is scheduled for completion by October 2019.

Key Figures

A presence for over 46 years
53 employees in Japan
2 sites (Tokyo and Haneda)


  • Defence in Japan
    The Group’s goal is to assist the Japanese Self-Defense Force by obtaining and maintaining operational superiority.
  • Science and Industry in Japan
    Thanks to its expertise in producing defence and space solutions, Thales is able to provide sub-systems and components for scientific and industrial applications.
  • Ground Transportation in Japan
    The Japanese transportation sector exhibits Thales as a market leader in signalling solutions, as established through recent transportation contracts.
  • Civil Aviation in Japan
    Thales is recognised as a key partner for aerospace solutions globally, providing Avionics and In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) systems to major airlines in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Cybersecurity in Japan
    For over fifteen years in Japan, Thales products and services have been used in public, financial and high-tech sectors in order to improve the security of applications that rely on encryption and digital signatures.
  • Space in Japan
    Thales is a strong contributor to the Japanese space industry by supplying state of the art on-board equipment and systems and ground systems to major Japanese space programs



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