Rare Earths and Metals

Access to rare earth metals is crucial for maintaining Japan’s competitive edge in the manufacturing industry. These elements are used for advanced industries such as electronics, automotive and information technology. Thirty-one ores are designated as rare metals that are important for Japan to secure a stable supply.

As Japan is poor in natural resources it is highly reliant on other countries for its supply of raw materials. The Japanese government is searching for new and alternatives sources of rare earth and rare materials.

Table of Contents

  • Securing Japan’s Natural Resources
  • Rare Metal Substitution Material Development Project
    • New Discovery of Rare Earth Material on Ocean Floor
    • Urban Mining
  • Further Reading
  • Relevant Organisations and Trade Fairs