Some Comments on the Japanese Coal Industry

CIM Bulletin, 1965

C. L. O'Brian Chairman, Dominion Coal Board, Ottawa, Ont.

This paper presents the main features of coal mining in Japan, as determined by the author while attending the International Coal Conference in October of 1963. The general economy of the country is considered, and the requirements for coking coal are outlined. Statistics and comments on production and consumption are then given, with accompanying cost figures, and the characteristics of Japanese coal mining are compared with those of Canada. Mining methods and underground transportation are covered, with emphasis on undersea mining. Finally, a description is given of a visit to the Miike colliery, the largest in Japan.
Keywords: Canadian, Coal, Coking coal, Coking Coal Required ., colliery, Japan, metric tons, Preparation of Coal, Japan, Mine, Mines, mining, Production