— Latest update: October 2023 —
Demand for building stone in Japan is influenced by peaks and troughs in the construction industry. Stricter building standards have reduced the number of new builds and, as a result, imports of building stone are down. This problem was compounded by the global financial crisis beginning in 2008. Imports of building stone are still low.
Both small and large companies exist in Japan, and they have different needs (e.g. raw or processed materials) and different kinds of buyers. Furthermore, the Japanese construction industry has very high expectations in terms of size accuracy, stone quality and processing accuracy.
Entering the Japanese market presents a number of difficulties, such as the need for strong and continuous contact, a large variety of products as well as secondary processes necessary to adapt products to the Japanese market.
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