Japan Mining Report 2017

BMI View:

Japan's mining sector is small in comparison with those of other large Asia Pacific nations,with the total value of the industry amounting to just USD3.2bn, which translates as less than 0.1% of GDP.

Activity is focused almost exclusively on gold mining at the Hishikari mine, which is owned and operated bySumitomo Metal Mining. At present we maintain a relatively healthy view as regards growth in goldproduction, with the company expected to expand the project in order to extend the life of the mine and newmining companies with a pipeline of projects. This development may see Japan resume its role as a net goldexporter over the next few years as price levels stabilise and grow. Aside from this, most new developmentsare likely to continue to take place overseas as companies scour the globe in search of new deposits andmining assets. As such, we expect Japan will remain a prominent power in global mining, albeit from adistance.

Latest Updates Aes And Forecasts:

As of May 1, 2017, Japan Gold Corp. had a project portfolio of 160 accepted prospecting rights licenseapplications covering 53,218 hectares of high-grade gold and potentially porphyry copper-goldmineralization, including several historical high-grade gold mines over 11 separate projects on three mainislands of Japan, Hokkaido, Honshu and Kyushu. In September 2016, Canadian miner Sky RidgeResources Ltd acquired Southern Arc Minerals Japan KK and changed the company's name to JapanGold Corp., launching the first foreign mineral exploration company to focus solely on Japan.

BMI Industry View
Table: Japan - Mining Industry Value
Industry Forecast
Gold: Strong Pipeline Of Projects To Boost Growth
Table: Gold Production Forecast (Japan 2012-2021)
Industry Risk Reward Ratings
Asia - Asia Mining: Highest Industry Rewards Globally To Support Investment
Main Regional Features & Latest Updates
Commodities Forecast
Global Commodities Strategy
Table: BMI Commodities Views
Table: Select Commodities - Performance & BMI Forecasts
Regulatory Development
Trade & Investment Risk Analysis
Competitive Landscape
Table: Japan - Largest Metals/ Mining Companies
Company Profile
JFE Holdings - Q3 2017
Table: JFE Holdings - Key Financial Data
Mitsubishi Corporation - Q3 2017
Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal
Table: Nippon Steel - Financial Data
Regional Overview
Asia - Asia Mining: The Five Key Themes
China To Generate Volatility
Indonesia's Mineral Ore Export Ban To Be Moderated
India Mining To Outperform
Heightened Environmental Protection
Resource Nationalism To Weigh On Investment
Industry Forecast Methodology

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