September 25, 2020

Glassware Market in Japan

Glass is non-porous and more hygienic than plastic, giving it an advantage amid the coronavirus pandemic

Production quantity and value of glassware including dishes, glasses, pots, jars etc. for first half of 2020 (January - June) are as shown below.

  • Domestic production volume: 28,480 tons
  • Domestic production value: JPY19.597 billion

  • Import value of glassware for first half of 2020 (January - June) amount to JPY6.314 million.

    Glass Products by Country Ranking (2020 Jan.- Jun.)

    (Unit: JPY1,000)

    RankingCountryImport Value

    Sources: Trade Statistics of Japan by Ministry of Finance

    The Popularity of Glass Tableware and Trends in Best-selling Products
    Glass is non-porous, which means it’s less likely to harbor bacteria and other microbes. That makes it more hygienic than plastic, giving it an advantage amid the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, there is a growing tendency among highly health-conscious consumer to choose glass tableware over plastic.

    Clear Glass Plates
    More people are cooking for themselves as they stay home, and that is boosting demand for glass tableware for home use. Clear-type glass tableware gives an impression of coolness which boosts its popularity, particularly in summer, and it is commonly used for foods such as somen noodles, salads, small dishes, fruits, and desserts. The Aderia tableware brand by long-established glass manufacturer Ishizuka Glass offers glass tableware that pairs well with washoku (Japanese cuisine).

    Double-walled Glass
    Heat-resistant glass mugs are easy to use in fall and winter. They are popular because they hold heat well and are easy to use and to hold. Double-walled glass mugs, which make drinks poured into them appear to float in mid-air, look beautiful, and more and more of them are appearing on store shelves. In the heat-resistant glass department of Amazon’s sales rankings, double-walled glass from the tableware brand Bodum, from Copenhagen in Denmark, ranks number one. The other best-selling Bodum glasses are as shown below.

    Trends in Best-selling Products
    Designs that are simple and easy to handle tend to be popular. The impact of the coronavirus combines with rising awareness of environmental problems to make people spend more time at home, which in turn makes more people care about the quality of their belongings. There is a rising trend away from mass consumption, and towards long-term use of simple items that fit well in the hand. Online shopping is surging as shopping associated with going out declines.

    High-end glassware market and glass tableware for pro-use
    The size of the market for high-end glassware is moving at around JPY13 billion in Japan. This segment has committed fans, centered on sales in department stores, and revenue levels are stable. There are around 30 companies or more in this market, including Baccarat, Riedel etc. The barriers to entry to the high-end brand market are basically not so high, and brand strength is the decisive factor. Sales expansion without brand strength will be a tough order.

    There is also a growing need for products of commercial use, in hotels, restaurants, cafés, bars, and the like. The following is the ranking of cities around the world which have the most restaurants and bars.

    Ranking of Cities with Most Restaurants in the World (Top 8)
    RankingCountryImport Value
    1Tokyo (Japan)148,582
    2Seoul (South Korea)83,239
    3Shenzhen (China)59,985
    4Paris (France)44,896
    5Bogota (Columbia)34,248
    6Los Angeles (USA)29,560
    7New York (USA)26,697
    8Sydney (Australia)19,384

    Ranking of Cities with Most Bars in the World (Top 8)
    RankingCountryImport Value
    1Tokyo (Japan)29,358
    2Seoul (South Korea)18,279
    3Bogota (Columbia)12,348
    4Buenos Aires (Argentina)11,189
    5Rome (Italy)9,515
    6Madrid (Spain)5,877
    7Paris (France)4,316
    8London (UK)3,615