• Short Summary

    Japan's giant shipbuilding industry is having to drastically reduce capacity as the only way of coping with the prolonged recession in world shipping.

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    Japan's giant shipbuilding industry is having to drastically reduce capacity as the only way of coping with the prolonged recession in world shipping.

    SYNOPSIS: Shipyards in Yokohama and elsewhere have little work. Although some ships are being built, orders for large oil tankers, have been cancelled in the past six months. This has led to fears that the building rate for next year, may fall below 50 per cent of the peak reached in March 1974. Japan's shipbuilders expanded tremendously during the last decade. Expansion continued into the early '70's, and virtually every major shipyard built huge building docks.

    During the boom years Japan had half the world's ship-building capacity. The country's Ship Exporters Association says they still have orders covering 49.1 per cent of the world's total demand in gross tonnage. However, that demand is now estimated at only 10,000,000 gross tons a year. For Japanese shipyards, this represents a huge cut back. 1973-1974, world demand was about 36,000,000 gross tons.

    The outlook is gloomy too. The shipbuilders forecast that the world shipbuilding industry will not recover from the present crisis until well into the 1980's. There are 185,000 workers employed in Japan's shipbuilding industry. But, in a nation where mass dismissals or lay-offs are almost unheard of, employers are confronted with a massive problem of trying to keep their shipbuilding industry afloat.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2YX8DNGK9MFIJW76O5HORX1YF
    Media URN:
    VLVA2YX8DNGK9MFIJW76O5HORX1YF
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/07/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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