Through the investment, AWS aims to expand cloud computing infrastructure in the country by strengthening the data centres in the metropolises of Tokyo and Osaka to meet the increasing customer demand
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has revealed its plans to invest approximately JPY2.26 trillion ($15bn) in Japan over the five years through 2027.
Through the investment, AWS aims to expand cloud computing infrastructure in the country by strengthening the data centres in the metropolises of Tokyo and Osaka to meet the increasing customer demand.
The company’s investment plan is estimated to contribute JPY5.57 trillion ($38bn) to the country’s gross domestic product, reported Nikkei Asia.
AWS Japan president Tadao Nagasaki has been quoted by the Japanese news agency as saying: “AWS’ investment expansion will make it possible to use data in Japan without taking it overseas. As there are data centres at home, cloud services can be used with very low latency.”
Amazon’s cloud computing unit’s new investment comes after the JPY1.51 trillion ($10bn) spent from 2011 to 2022 to build up cloud capacity in Japan.
The investment was utilised in data centres for processing and storing customer data in Japan and for general operations.
It also offers generative artificial intelligence (AI) services to Japanese corporate customers, including Asahi Group, Marubeni and Nomura.
Last month, AWS announced the opening of the AWS Canada West (Calgary) Region and an investment of C$24.8bn to be made in Canada through 2037.
The investment by the company is expected to support an average of more than 9,300 full-time equivalent roles annually.
AWS Canada West (Calgary) Region is the second infrastructure region for the Amazon.com company after the AWS Canada (Central) Region in Quebec, which was launched in late 2016.