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Textile sector short-handed by nuclear accident
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Apr '11
The Japanese textile industry has been hit by another tsunami, but of a different kind.

Following the earthquake and the tsunami which followed the quake, tens of thousands of foreign workers left for their homelands, a majority of whom have not returned yet.

Though many American and European workers have returned, the majority of Chinese workers have not returned back to their work.

There are around 40,000 Chinese trainees working in the sewing industry in Japan, most of who returned back home, following the earthquake.

Only a few thousand workers have returned yet, reports the Japan Textile Federation. About 30,000 Chinese trainees are still in China.

The biggest worry is that, if the sewing industry workers do not return soon, it will impact the other sectors in the value chain like yarn, fabric, dyeing and printing segments.

Speaking about the impact of the earthquake the Japan Textile Federation said that the industry could fall apart due to earthquake and nuclear accident.

Editor's note –
While production is being shifted abroad, the domestic industry in Japan has been able to survive by making high-quality and high-value-added products, but this development could put a spike in the holistic growth of the sector.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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