China being superseded as a production base for Japanese clothing firms

Japanese companies are increasing textile and clothing production in Indonesia, which makes the country a prime alternative to China as a location for such operations.

Besides lower labour costs, which are a quarter of those in China, Indonesia offers better roads, ports and power supply infrastructure than other alternatives, such as Myanmar and Bangladesh.

In 2012, Indonesia accounted for just 3% of Japan’s imports of textile products, far lower than China’s 74%.

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