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The Latest Apparel Import Regulations in Japan and Their Impact

The Latest Apparel Import Regulations in Japan and Their Impact


The Japanese apparel industry imports many products from overseas, accompanied by various regulations. This article explains the latest apparel import regulations, their impact, and future prospects.

1. Current Status and Issues of Apparel Imports

Decline in the Domestic Production Ratio

In the Japanese apparel market, the proportion of domestically produced goods has decreased to a mere 1.5%. This decline is primarily due to the increase in overseas production aimed at cost reduction.

Overview of Import Regulations

The Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) promotes a resource circulation system for textile products to reduce environmental impact. As a result, products that do not meet certain standards may face import restrictions.

2. Sustainability and Import Regulations

Importance of Textile Recycling

To maintain international competitiveness, the proliferation of recycling technologies in Japan's textile industry is essential. The government plans to support this through subsidies and investments.

SDGs and the Apparel Industry

The European Union (EU) strictly regulates the import of products that do not consider environmental and human rights based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Similar regulations are being considered in Japan.

3. Changes in the Apparel Industry Post-COVID

Revenge Consumption and Its Impact

The post-COVID consumption behavior known as "revenge consumption" has come full circle, presenting new challenges for the apparel market. As market polarization progresses, companies are forced to reassess their production and sales strategies.

Import Regulations and Corporate Responses

Although regulating mass production is challenging, companies strive to develop sustainable products and maintain appropriate production volumes. In the future, domestic companies will need to strengthen their handling of imported products with consideration for environmental and human rights factors.


Japan's apparel import regulations are evolving to address environmental and human rights issues. Companies must explore strategies to adapt to these regulations while building sustainable business models.

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