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.

About Metal

Mineral resources, already relatively limited in Japan, are in decline and as a result, the country is highly reliant on imports.

Steel and Aluminium

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

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