Apple paid Japanese suppliers more than $30 billion in 2015

Apple says it paid Japanese suppliers more than $30 billion in 2015, “highlighting its economic contributions to the country in an effort to drum up support in tough times,” according to Nikkei Asian Review.

Some 865 Japanese companies furnished Apple with parts, materials and services during the year, the company's Japanese unit reported. Apple Japan currently employs 2,900 people, and claims to have created or helped create hundreds of thousands of jobs.

Approximately 532,000 developers in Japan worked on software for Apple hardware last year, with over 80% handling applications for iPhones and iPads, notes Nikkei Asian Review. These developers received $9.6 billion for their efforts in 2015.