Steel and Aluminium

Japan is one of the largest aluminium importers in Asia; its transportation and automobile industries have particularly large aluminium requirements.

Japan is also the world’s second largest steel producer, it is also the second biggest steel-exporting country in Asia (mostly to China, South Korea and Thailand). To meet demand, it is no surprise that Japan is also one of the world's three largest iron ore importers.

Almost 80% of Japan’s steel production capacity is controlled by just 5 big companies, so market entry is extremely difficult. Steel production is concentrated around Tokyo Bay, Osaka Bay, and Hakata Bay.

[1] BEROE, Impact of the Japan Earthquake on the Steel Industry, 2011

Table of Contents

  • Steel
  • Aluminium
  • Annual Report
  • Further Reading
  • Relevant Organisations and Trade Fairs