Japan’s domestic production of clothing materials such as leather, yarns and textiles has been in decline for several years, resulting in a downward trend in the volume of imports. China is the largest exporter to Japan for all apparel products. Nonetheless, EU countries remain the largest exporters of high-end apparel products to Japan. Find out more about Japan's textile industry below.

About Textiles

 Latest update: March 2022 

Japan has a long history of textile production, and is one of the largest producers of technical textiles.

Fashion & Clothing

 Latest update: June 2022 

Japan remains the world’s third-largest fashion apparel importer after the EU and the US. As one of the leading fashion markets in the world, Japan is also a trendsetter for other countries in Asia.

Leather and Footwear

 Latest update: March 2022 

The Japanese leather industry is dominated by SMEs, producing in rather small quantities.


 — Latest update: March 2022 —