Chemicals

Japan’s chemical industry has traditionally been regarded as an uncompetitive, weak industry. However, in the field of high value-added, functional, chemical materials (e.g. protective films for LCDs, polarisers, compound semiconductors and carbon fibres) Japanese firms have a far larger global market share than in cars and electronic goods. Japan’s chemical sector therefore has the potential to become a leading global industry. Find out more about Japan’s chemicals sector below.

 

About Chemicals

Japan’s chemical industry has traditionally been regarded as an uncompetitive, weak industry. However, in the field of high value-added, functional chemical materials (e.g. protective films for LCDs, polarisers, compound semiconductors and carbon fibres) Japanese firms have a far larger global market share than cars and electronic goods. Japan’s chemical sector therefore has the potential to become a leading global industry.

 

Plastics

The Japanese plastics sector is stable and balanced in terms of the proportion of production to demand. Furthermore, Japan’s strength in this sector is highlighted by the fact that total export volume significantly outweighs that of imports. Notably, international trade is primarily with other Asian countries.

 

Reference: EU BUSINESS IN JAPAN