Japan Mining Report 2012

Date: July 17, 2012
Pages: 38
US$ 1,295.00
Report type: Strategic Report
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We expect the Japanese mining industry to reach US$9.99bn in value by 2016, an annual average growth rate of only slightly more than 1.0% from 2011 levels. The country has practically little to no mineral resources, hence our view of slow growth for the industry. That said, the country has some production potential in industrial minerals, such as dolomite, silica sands, silica stone and limestone. Of note is the country's 40.4 billion tonnes (bnt) of limestone reserves.

Japan is also a very minor gold producer (2011 production of 279,000 ounces). In line with Japan's mineral policy to secure its long-term supply of raw materials, the Japanese government, through Japan Oil, Gas, and Metals Corporation (JOGMEC), continues to search for exploration and developmental mining assets around the world. Despite the country's small mining industry, Japanese companies will remain important and dominant players in the international mining scene due to their significant investments in mining, metal, and commodity trading firms outside Japan. The lack of mining resources inland pushed Japanese companies and the Japanese government to consider seabed mining. The government has assumed a leading role in developing robotic deep-sea mining technology research and can be a key growth area in the long term.
Executive Summary
  Table: Japan's Reserves Of Major Mineral Commodities*
SWOT Analysis
Japan Business Environment SWOT
Global Mining Outlook
  Table: Recent Tax Increases
  Table: Largest Coal Projects
  Table: Major Frontier Mining Projects
Asia Mining Sector Outlook
  Table: Key Asia Pacific Legislative Changes
Industry Trend Analysis
  Table: Japan's Reserves Of Major Mineral Commodities*
  Table: Japan's Mining Industry Forecasts
Industry Forecasts
Gold: Hishikari Mine To Stand Strong
  Table: Japan's Gold Production Forecast
Asia Business Environment Ratings
  Table: Asia Mining Risk-Reward Ratings
Competitive Landscape
  Table: Japan – Comparative Valuation Metrics
Company Profiles
Kasbah Resources
  Table: Sumitomo Metals – Financial Results
Commodity Strategy
Copper To Edge Lower
Aluminium: No Sustained Recovery Ahead
Oil: Prices To Pull Back
Gold: Still Bullish
Business Environment Ratings Methodology
  Table: Mining Business Environment Indicators
  Table: Weighting Of Components
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