The cost of Japanese textiles: What you need to know
The cost to Japanese consumers of imported Japanese textile products has fallen significantly over the past decade, according to the latest data from the Japan Textile and Textile Industry Association (JTTI).
The group, which represents Japan’s largest manufacturers of textiles, said that exports of Japanese textile goods fell by 15.1 per cent in 2016, compared with the previous year, while imports of Japanese fabrics fell by 11.6 per cent.
It is the latest sign of an economy that has recovered from the economic crisis of the early 2000s, which saw the global economy shrink by an unprecedented 8.5 per cent between 2007 and 2015.
Despite the fall in exports, JTTI says that imports of textile fabrics rose by a staggering 73.1 million tonnes last year, up 12.2 per cent on 2015.
Import tariffs rose in all industries in Japan, while prices rose across the board.
The main reason for the drop in imports was the introduction of more advanced manufacturing technology, including automation, in manufacturing of textilisers.
In addition, the rise in manufacturing productivity and automation was accompanied by a decline in the amount of texturised raw material used in the production of textiliars.
At the same time, Japanese firms are also investing more in technology to make textiles more durable, reducing the impact of manufacturing accidents, such as washing and rinsing.
“In terms of manufacturing quality, the industry as a whole is improving in terms of the quality of its products,” JTIIA president Kenji Okada said.
We have seen an improvement in the quality in manufacturing and manufacturing processes, which is why we think the Japanese textile industry is in a better position to respond to the needs of our customers.
“There is also evidence that Japanese textiliser production is beginning to improve, as the country’s economy is growing faster than many other countries.
According to JTIWA, the Japanese textiling industry produced about 2.6 million garments in 2015, up from 1.9 million garments made in 2016.