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Japan to strengthen textile industry supply chains

  • November 22, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 11:09 p.m.
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 Tokyo, Nov. 22 (Jiji Press)–Japan started discussions on how to strengthen its supply chains for clothing and other textile products at a government panel meeting Monday.

The panel of experts to discuss strategies to resolve tasks that the textile industry faces, set up by the industry ministry, will draw up a report by next spring, officials said.

The report will include measures to help the industry attain targets in the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.

Most of the apparel products sold in Japan are imported after many makers moved their production bases out of the country. Last year, China accounted for more than half of the total imports, followed by Vietnam with a share of 16.4 pct.

But production activities in Vietnam have been significantly affected by the spread of the novel coronavirus in the Southeast Asian country.

The panel, which had its first meeting Monday, will discuss how to deal with such supply chain problems.

Other major issues will include how to shift the industry away from the current cycle of mass production and mass consumption and ensure appropriate materials trading amid mounting criticism of the human rights situation in China’s Xinjiang Uighur region.

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