Japan’s Apparel Production Drops Below 100M Units

According to production statistics compiled by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the nation’s production of apparel in 2017 decreased by 8.1% compared to the previous year to 98.40 million units, thus decreasing below the 100-million-unit level for the first time since the Ministry began taking statistics.

Knitted outerwear production declined by 6.9% to 24.42 million units, and that of knitted innerwear (underwear, foundation garments and nightwear) was down 6.7% to 35.07 million units. Woven outerwear production decreased by 5.6% to 33.66 million units, while that of woven innerwear dropped 31.5% to 5.25 million units.

The number of industrial sewing machines installed in the industry numbered 56,603 last December, with a monthly capacity of producing 22.03 million units of garments.