— Latest update: September 2023 —
With its long tradition in silk production, Japan has been at the forefront of the global silk industry in the early 20th century.
But with the influx of cheap silk from overseas and the development of synthetic materials, the Japanese silk industry collapsed, leaving only about 160 silk farmers in 2022. Increased awareness for locally produced goods and efforts to revive traditional sericulture have contributed to the development of projects across Japan to once again revive the domestic production of silk and silk products. At the same time, the government is also working together with Southeast Asian governments to diversify its silk import portfolio and to boost the local silk industry.
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