Title Current Status and Future Challenges for Sustaining "Genuine" Japan-made Silk" by Sericulture/ Filature/ Silk Fabrication Collaborated Groups

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  • 蚕糸絹業提携グループによる純国産絹維持活動の現状と課題


<p>In early twenty century, sericulture/filature was a leading industry to contribute to Japanese economy and recorded the largest export amounts for the country. However, after import liberalization in 60's and business recession from the first oil shock in 70's, the industry had been rapidly slowing down and shrank. Silk fabric production in Japan was also decreased mainly due to the imported silk fabric and garment. Currently, genuine Japan-made silk use is below one percent of the total silk product consumption. In order to maintain the Japan-made silk products, the collaborated groups among sericulture/filature/ silk fabrication industries were established by 2011. The objectives of this research are (1) to clarify the updated Japan-made silk consumption status and the industry structure through analysis of the performance of the collaborated groups, and (2) to understand current/future challenges for the groups. The research methods are the related data/report survey and interviews to the key group members. Main finished products of genuine Japan-made silk is for traditional “kimono” use. Major challenges for the collaborated groups is how to maintain domestic sericulture resources and strengthen the groups through integration and restructurings.</p>



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