Materials & Chemicals

The materials sector is wide and diverse, as it encompasses countless other areas such as the steel industry, nanotechnology, chemistry and optical networks. Cooperation among different actors and fields in order to obtain new products and to develop the market is common. Japan invests a significant amount in materials science and has a specialised development plan for each material.

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.

Ceramic & Glass

 Latest update: March 2022 


The chemical sector is the second largest manufacturing sector in Japan, incorporating a wide range of subsectors from pharmaceutical products to synthetic resin production.


 Latest update: May 2022 

Plastics & Polymers

Japan is one of the largest producers of plastics in the world. With production at 11.02 million tons and total shipments at 13 trillion yen, the plastics industry takes up a significant share in the manufacturing landscape of Japan.