Japan Coal Market Value - By Type (Bituminous Coal, Sub-Bituminous Coal), By Mining Technology (Surface Mining, Underground Mining), By End-User Industry (Electricity, Steel, Cement), and By Industry Analysis, Market Size, Share & Forecast, 2023 – 2032

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  • Published date: June, 2023  |  
  • Report Format: PDF

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MVI Statistics and Viewpoints: 

  • Japan Coal Market size exceeded USD 5.1 Billion in 2022. 
  • The market is expected to showcase a CAGR of over 2.8% from 2023 to 2032. 
  • By the end of the forecast period, the market is anticipated to reach a valuation of around USD 6.6 Billion.

The market is changing significantly as the country strives to reduce carbon emissions and transition to cleaner energy sources. Energy sector manufacturers are altering their strategies and diversifying their energy portfolios to align with changing market dynamics and government policies.

Japan Coal Market

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Market Overview:

The market is an important part of the country's energy sector and has historically played an important role in meeting Japan's energy needs. Japan's coal market is characterized by the presence of both domestic coal production and imports. Historically, Japan has imported a substantial amount of coal due to limited domestic reserves and the need to meet the demand for power generation. Australia, Indonesia, Russia, and the United States have been major coal suppliers to Japan. Coal has been used in Japan primarily for thermal power generation. Coal-fired power plants have been a significant part of the country's energy infrastructure, providing a stable and reliable source of electricity. However, in recent years, the Japanese government has been emphasizing the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and promoting a shift towards renewable energy sources and other low-carbon technologies.

Japan Coal Market Value Insights

Report Coverage


Base Year


Market Size in 2022

USD 5.1 Billion

Forecast Period

2023 to 2032

CAGR (2023 to 2032)


Forecast Year Value, 2032

USD 6.6 Billion

Historical Data for

2019 to 2022

Segment Covered

Type, Mining Technology, End-User Industry

Companies Covered

  • Chiyoda Corp
  • Itochu Corp
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd
  • Toshiba Corp
  • Electric Power Development Co., Ltd.
  • Others


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  • Energy Security and Reliability: Japan has limited domestic energy resources, which has led to a heavy reliance on imported energy sources to meet its energy demand. Coal has traditionally been an important component of Japan's energy mix due to its abundant availability and relatively stable pricing compared to other fossil fuels. The need for energy security and reliability has been a key driver of the Japan market
  • Historical Reliance on Coal: Japan has historically relied on coal as a major source of energy, particularly for thermal power generation. This long-standing reliance on coal has created an established infrastructure and supply chain for coal in the country. The existing coal-fired power plants and associated facilities have provided stability and reliability to Japan's energy system, driving the demand for coal in the market.


  • Environmental Concerns and Climate Change: One of the major constraints on the Japanese market is growing awareness and concern about environmental issues. Coal combustion emits significant amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases, which contribute to global warming. As a signatory to international climate agreements, Japan is committed to reducing its carbon footprint. This has resulted in stricter environmental regulations and policies that limit the growth of coal-based power generation.

By Type Synopsys:    

Japan Coal Market Size 

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The market is classified by type into bituminous coal and sub-bituminous coal. Among these segments, the bituminous coal segment accounted for the largest share of the Japan coal market in 2022. Bituminous coal has been the preferred coal type for thermal power generation in Japan owing to its higher energy content, lower sulfur content, and higher energy efficiency. Japan's well-established infrastructure and coal-fired power plants were primarily designed to use bituminous coal as the primary fuel source.  

By Mining Technology Synopsys:      

The market is classified by mining technology into surface mining and underground mining. Among these segments, the underground mining segment witnessed for the largest share of the Japan coal market in 2022. Japan has historically relied on underground mining for coal extraction due to the presence of deeper coal deposits. The country has a long history of underground mining operations, and its mining infrastructure and expertise have been developed to support these methods.           

Top Companies Includes In The Japan Coal Landscape:

  • Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corp.
  • Chiyoda Corp
  • Itochu Corp
  • Toshiba Corp
  • Electric Power Development Co., Ltd.
  • JFE Engineering Corporation
  • Marubeni Corp
  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd
  • Sumitomo Corp
  • Others

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In-depth analysis of Japan Coal Market along with industry coverage and forecasting for the following segments:

Market Size, By Type

  • Bituminous Coal
  • Sub-Bituminous Coal

Market Size, By Mining Technology

  • Surface Mining
  • Underground Mining

Market Size, By End-User Industry

  • Electricity 
  • Steel
  • Cement
  • Other End-User Industries

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