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Textile

3, 10. 2006
Textile industry organization
Japan Chemical Fibers Association (JCFA)

The organization related to chemical fibers and textile, founded in August 1948. Engaged in statistics and trademarks concerning the industry. Thee are 24 regular members and 6 associate members.
http://www.jcfa.gr.jp/english/index e.html

Members
Toray
Largest manufacturer of synthetic fibers in Japan. Foundation businesses are fibers, textiles, plastics and chemicals. Aggressive in overseas business, operating in 18 countries and regions. Operations also diversify into IT related projects, housing and engineering.
http://www.toray.com/ (global)
Teijin
Major polyester manufacturer in Japan. Established in 1918 as a pioneer rayon textiles industry in Japan. Diversified into business in chemicals, medical and pharmaceuticals, distribution, and information technology.
http://www.teijin.co.jp/english/
Kuraray
Founded in 1926 for the purpose of commercializing synthetic rayon, which was cutting edge technology at the time. Has strength in substitutes of natural resources such as fiber and leather. Polyvinyl alcohol fiber and man-made leather “Clarino” were developed.
http://www.kuraray.co.jp/en/
Mitsubishi Rayon
Largest acrylic fiber manufacturer in Asia founded in 1933. Japan’s first maker of rayon staples. Ranks top in MMA resins and plastic-based optical fibers. Merged Nitto Chemical in October 1998.
http://www.mrc.co.jp/english/
Asahi Kasei
With consolidated sales of US$10 billion, provides innovative solutions based in chemistry and materials science to a diverse range of markets including fibers, chemicals, consumer products, housing, construction, electronics and health care.
http://www.asahi-kasei.co.jp/asahi/en/
Unitika
Major general textile make born out of the merger between Nichibo and Nippon Rayon in 1969. Spinning off of fiber division, it strives to diversify their business into resins and environmental engineering on water treatment.
http://www.unitika.co.jp/e/
Toyobo
Founded in 1882 as pioneer in Japan’s sinning industry. Since then has experienced many business restructuring and now leading comprehensive maker of textile products ranging from natural fibers including cotton and wool to synthetic fibers such as polyester.
http://www.toyobo.co.jp/e/index.htm
Nisshinbo Industries
One of the leading cotton spinners in Japan. Downsizing domestic cotton spinning facilities, non-textile lines including antiskid braking systems and other brakes and machine tools among others are main earning sources.
http://www.nisshinbo.co.jp/english/
Kurabo Industries
One of major cotton spinners, with emphasis on downstream operations, including production of textiles led by casual cloths. Diversifying operations into information systems, electronic-applied equipment, car interiors and chemical products.
http://www.kurabo.co.jp/english/
Nitto Boseki
Top-ranked maker of glass fibers. Medium-ranking cotton spinner, but restructuring cotton spinning business. Also involved in producing non-textile products including building materials like flooring and melamine boards.
http://www.nittobo.co.jp/english/
Daiwabo
Medium-size spinner born out of the merger of four textile makers under national policy in 1941. Has strength in materials bound for paper makers. Also produce bicycle tires, golf balls and other rubber products.
http://www.daiwabo.co.jp/english/
Shikibo
Medium-size cotton spinner. Textiles include cotton yarns, woven/knitted fabrics and dryer canvas. Puts emphasis on expansion of non-textile sector such as chemical products and industrial materials.
http://www.shikibo.co.jp/english/
Fujibo Holdings
Comprehensive spinner of cotton, wool and chemical/synthetic fibers. Putting more emphasis on highly functional materials such as shape-memorized cloths and antibacterial and deodorant fibers.
http://www.fujibo.co.jp/us/
Omikenshi
One of nine largest spinners in Japan. Expanding secondary products such as ladies’ clothing centered on the wholly ?owned subsidiary Micalady. Diversifying operations into non-textile products including electronics and printed circuit boards etc.
http://www.omikenshi.co.jp/profile/profile_e.html
The competent authorities
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
One of the central government offices in Japan. Newly created in January 2001 as the successor of the abolished Ministry of International Trade and Industry. Aims at strengthening private economy, smooth development of external economic relation and to secure the steady supply of mineral and energy resources.
http://www.meti.go.jp/english/index.html
Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare
One of the central government offices in Japan. Created in January 2001 through the integration between Ministry of Health and Welfare and Ministry of Labor. Deals with medical administration, labor policy, social insurance, social security, pension and so on.
http://www.mhlw.go.jp/english/index.html
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan
Undertakes administration related to agricultural, forestry and fisheries products, covering from production to consumption and also to rural development and promotion of the welfare of rural inhabitants with a view to achieving stable supply of food, sound development of the agriculture, forestry and fisheries industries.
http://www.maff.go.jp/eindex.html
Ministry of Environment
Responsible for planning and formulation of all government environment policy, planning of all waste (including chemicals) and recycling measures. In addition, it continues to perform all work carried out up to now by the Environment Agency.
http://www.env.go.jp/en/
Japanese Industrial Standards Committee (JISC)
Consists of many national committees and plays central role in standardization activities in Japan. Engage in administration of accreditation and certification, participation and contribution in international standardization activities.
http://www.jisc.go.jp/eng/
Other related organizations
Japan Chemical Industry Association (JCIA)
Established to promote the stable development of the chemical industry and thus contributing to the economic prosperity of Japan and elevation of its living standard. Has about 190 member companies and about 70 organizations.
http://www.nikkakyo.org/index.php3?sessLang=english

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