Population: 126,529,000 (2018)
GDP: 4.971 Trillion USD (2018)
Total Area: 364,560 sq km
Agriculture Land: 68.46% (2016)
Forest: 32.9% (2016)

Japan is the third largest economy in the world and one of the most industrialized ones. Japan’s industrial structure has undergone a major transformation over the half century since the end of World War II. Japanese manufacturing industry is diversified with a variety of advanced industries that are highly successful.Japan is the third largest producer of vehicles in the world (OICA,2018). The vehicle market has fostered the development of the tyre industry especially from the second half of 1990s to 2008 supported by generally firm demand in the domestic market and active export orders. It declined severely in 2009 due to the world economic crisis. In 2017, Japan produced 144.92 million tyres (JATMA,2018).

Natural Rubber

Japan is the fourth largest consumer of natural rubber, however in the pipeline to consider producing Russian Dandelions suitably grown in any environment.Natural rubber is imported mainly from Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia. Various Japanese entities have rubber farming and processing facility in other countries like Indonesia, Liberia, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. Japan is one of the driving forces for growth of the global rubber industry. Over 65% of the rubber is consumed by the tyre sector every year in Japan.Japanese tyre makers have earned their reputation in the global market by offering consistent breakthroughs in tyre technology and value chain management systems. Tyre industry consume a major share of natural rubber imported to this country.Natural rubber share in the total rubber consumed in various end-user applications is around 44%. Of the total natural rubber usage in Japan, more than 90% is used by the tyre industry. 

Synthetic Rubber

Japan is the one of the key producers of synthetic rubber having twelve companies operating synthetic rubber manufacturing plants. Japan produced about 1.62 million tonnes and consumed 0.88 million tonnes of synthetic rubber in 2017.Japan’s R&D effort in rubber products is not limited to tyres and automotive parts. Synthetic Rubber is mainly exported to China, Thailand, USA, South Korea, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Vietnam and Germany.

Government & Other Agencies

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo 100-8901, Japan
Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
Website: www.meti.go.jp
The Japan Automobile Tyre Manufacturers Association, Inc
8 Floor, No.33 Mori Bldg., 3-8-21 Toranomon, Minato-ku
Tokyo, 105-0001 Japan
Tel: +81-3-3435-9091
Website: www.jatma.or.jp
The Japan Rubber Manufacturers Association
Tobu building 2nd Fl., 1-5-26 Motoakasaka Minato-ku
Tokyo 107-0051
Tel: + 81-3-3408-7101
Website: www.rubber.or.jp
Press Releases
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Japan factory activity shrinks for 9th month
Japan's factory activity contracted for a ninth straight month in January but at the slowest pace in five months, possibly reflecting easing US-China trade tensions and alleviating fears of a recession. The Jibun Bank Flash Japan Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) edged up to a seasonally adjusted 49.3 from a final 48.4 last month. The index stayed below the 50.0 threshold that separates contraction from expansion for a ninth month...
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Bridgestone plans to introduce airless tires on commercial vehicles, bicycles
Bridgestone wants to become the first tire maker to introduce airless tires on the market by targeting commercial vehicles rather than passenger cars. But first, it will launch a smaller and lighter version of them on a fleet of airless-tire bicycles at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, where Bridgestone is an official sponsor. The company has developed air-free tires that won’t puncture or need to be refilled, relying...
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Japan sales continue to drop in December
Japan's new vehicle market continued to decline sharply in December 2019, by 11% to 344,875 units from 387,525 units a year earlier, according to registration data released by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association. A significant decline had been largely anticipated for the fourth quarter of last year in the wake of the well signalled hike in the general sales tax rate from 8% to 10% at the beginning of October....