National data

Population: 127.1 million
Labor Force: 65.5 million
Unemployment rate: 4%
GDP per capita (PPS): 36,194 dollars
  • Annual turnover of the clothing industry: 96 billion dollars
  • Domestic market value of the fashion industry: 97 billion dollars
  • Employment in textiles and clothing manufacturing: 431,000

Fashion industry - in depth

Annual turnover of the apparel and clothing industry: 96 billion dollars

  • Annual turnover of womenswear: 58 billion dollars
  • Annual turnover of menswear: 28 billion dollars
  • Annual turnover of childrenswear: 10 billion dollars

 

Japan is known for its international fashion companies and its several successful designers. UNIQLO Japan, a subsidiary of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd, is the nation's largest apparel retail chain with a 6.5 percent share in the Japanese apparel market, and a network of 841 stores, which generate annual net sales of over 6 billion dollars. UNIQLO differentiates itself by providing unique and high-quality clothing for a reasonable price. Fast Retailing also has several subsidiaries with an international focus, among others UNIQLO International.

The table below lists the Top 5 largest fashion companies of Japan. Honorable mention,s that just fell out of the Top 5, are privately held companies Mikimoto and Comme des Garçons.

  Company name Market value Annual revenue Company type
1 Fast Retailing 31.5 billion dollars 14.4 billion dollars Public Company
2 Shimamura group 5 billion dollars 4.64 billion dollars Public Company
3 Asics Corporation 4.50 billion dollars 3.90 billion dollars Public Company
4 United Arrows 1.40 billion dollars 1.17 billion dollars Public Company
5 Onward Holdings 1.13 billion dollars 2.3 billion dollars Public Company

Annual expenditure on clothing and footwear: 97 billion dollars

Total exports of clothing, textiles and footwear: 9.1 billion dollars

Exports of clothing and textiles: 8.9 billion dollars

Largest exports within this product group:

  • Woven fabrics of synthetic filament yarn: 933 million dollars
  • Synthetic filament yarn: 802 million dollars
  • Synthetic staple fibers: 644 million dollars
  • Nonwoven textiles: 602 million dollars
  • Artificial filament tow: 541 million dollars

Exports of footwear and headwear: 229 million dollars

Largest exports within this product group:

  • Other headgear: 104 million dollars
  • Footwear with leather body: 25 million dollars
  • Parts of footwear; 24 million dollars

 

Total imports of clothing, textiles and footwear: 43 billion dollars

Imports of clothing and textile: 36.5 billion dollars

Largest imports within this product group:

  • Sweaters, pullovers, sweatshirts, etc: 4.7 billion dollars
  • Women’s suits, non knit: 3.27 billion dollars
  • Men’s suits, non knit: 2.63 billion dollars
  • T-shirts: 2.09 billion dollars
  • Women’s suits: 1.56 billion dollars
  • Women's overcoats, non knit: 1.49 billion dollars

Imports of footwear and headwear: 6.5 billion dollars

Largest imports within this product group:

  • Other footwear of rubber or plastics: 1.9 billion dollars
  • Footwear, with textile body: 1.6 billion dollars
  • Footwear, with leather body: 1.35 billion dollars