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JAPAN IIntroduction General Business Environment Japan imports large amount of textiles and clothing products and this trend has increased over the long term Japan has no experience of using safeguard measures pursuant to MFA Multi-lateral Fiber Agreement and ATC Agreement on Textiles and Clothing The recent situation in the Japanese textile and clothing industry is characterized by the fact that imports most of which are apparel and clothing products have been expanding more rapidly since 1999 Imports recorded high growth of 14 in 1999 and 15 in 2000 In 2001 imports still increased 19 compared with the previous year The import penetration rate of all textiles and clothing products has risen almost constantly and reached 674 in 2001 Due to this sharp increase in imports the production of the domestic textile and clothing industry has declined greatly At the same time the numbers of employees and corporations have also decreased Reference 1 Trends in Exports Imports and Import Penetration Rate for Textiles and Clothing Products Unit thousand tons Exports Imports 1998 458 1422 1999 476 1627 2000 489 1869 2011 482 1904 Reference 2 Import Penetration Rate 1998 554 1999 602 2000646 2001674 Note In calculating the Import Penetration Rate the product volume is converted into weight of fiber Reference 3 Trends in Internal Production of Textiles and
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