We summarize the lightning data for 17 years from 1992 to 2008 obtained with lightning location systems of nine electric power utilities in Japan and analyze them. The observed annual number of lightning flashes of which the current is more than 10 kA is 400 000–800 000 and the 50% value of the cumulative distribution of lightning peak currents is about 23 kA in recent times. The variation of lightning occurrence characteristics by areas, seasons, and so on, is clarified. Comparison of the obtained data with those obtained by another lightning location system is also made. The relationship between lightning occurrence and climate is discussed. © 2012 Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.