Japan Rice Market Report by Product Type (Regular, Aromatic), Type (Red Rice, Arborio Rice, Black Rice, Grain Fragrance Rice, Brown Rice, Rosematta Rice, Grain Parboiled Rice, Sushi Rice, and Others), Grain Size (Long Grain, Medium Grain, Short Grain), Distribution Channel (Offline Stores, Online Stores), Application (Food, Feed, and Others), and Region 2024-2032

Japan Rice Market Report by Product Type (Regular, Aromatic), Type (Red Rice, Arborio Rice, Black Rice, Grain Fragrance Rice, Brown Rice, Rosematta Rice, Grain Parboiled Rice, Sushi Rice, and Others), Grain Size (Long Grain, Medium Grain, Short Grain), Distribution Channel (Offline Stores, Online Stores), Application (Food, Feed, and Others), and Region 2024-2032

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Japan Rice Market Overview:

The Japan rice market size is projected to exhibit a growth rate (CAGR) of 4.4% during 2024-2032. The market is currently expanding because of the demand for organic products, rising exports of brown and polished rice, and ongoing innovations in technology.

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Base Year
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Market Growth Rate 2024-2032 4.4%

Japan Rice Market Analysis:

  • Major Market Drivers: Rising exports and demand for organic rice are contributing the growth of the market.
  • Key Market Trends: The eco-friendly initiatives and efforts, along with ongoing technological advancements in rice farming, are facilitating the market growth.
  • Competitive Landscape: Key players are focusing on strategic initiatives, such as mergers and acquisitions (M&A), product innovations, and partnerships to strengthen their market position and expand their product offerings.
  • Challenges and Opportunities: The market faces challenges like competition from imports, which impacts the Japan rice market revenue, it also encounters opportunities in the development of post-harvest storage and value chain traceability.

Japan Rice Market Trends:

Increasing export of brown and polished rice

As per the EastAsia Forum report of 2022, the exports of brown and polished rice increased from 4,515 tons in 2014 to 22,833 tons in 2021. Japanese brown and polished rice are considered as premium products because of their superior taste, texture, and nutritional value. The export of these high-value rice varieties enables Japanese farmers to promote their products as premium commodities in overseas markets, obtaining higher prices and creating recognition of their brand. This premiumization not only increases the value of Japanese rice exports but also elevates the overall image of the market on the global stage. Moreover, brown and polished rice varieties presented from Japan showcasing the rich culinary heritage and traditions of Japan to consumers across the globe. With exporting of these grains, people can appreciate Japanese flavors and the traditional cuisine, which, in turn, is contributing to the culture exchange.

Growing demand for organic products

The USDA Foreign Agriculture Service reports of 2021 mentions that the organic product market in Japan was $1.85 billion in 2017. As consumers are becoming more health conscious and aware about the environment, there is growing demand for organic products, such as organic rice. This rice is considered as the premium product due to its adherence to strict organic farming standards coupled with high quality compared to the conventionally grown rice. The organic certification process guarantees that organic rice is cultivated through environment friendly methods, free from artificial herbicides, fertilizers, and GMOs. Furthermore, the wide availability of organic rice through various retail outlets like supermarkets, specialty stores, and online platforms is expanding consumer exposure to many organic rice brands and supporting the organic rice production in Japan.

Technological Advancements

Innovations in technology like GPS-guided tractors, drones, and satellite imaging are used to manage fields and improve precision farming techniques. These tools provide real-time data on moisture level in soil, content of nutrients and health of crops, allowing farmers to make decisions based on data and use fertilizers and pesticides more accurately. Precision farming improves crop yields, reduces input costs, and minimizes environmental impact, driving overall efficiency and productivity in rice cultivation. Consequently, advancements in the post-harvest processing and storage technology are enhancing the quality, shelf life and marketability of rice products. In line with this, many key players in Japan are collaborating to improve and optimize rice production by integrating advanced technologies, thereby bolstering the growth of the market. For instance, in 2023, BASF, Kubota and ZEN-NOH collaborated to enhance and optimize rice production in Japan. This collaboration consists of integration of BASF’s advanced xarvio® field manager crop optimization platform with Kubota’s state-of-the art KSAS operating platform to assess operability.

Japan Rice Market Segmentation:

IMARC Group provides an analysis of the key trends in each segment of the market, along with forecasts at the country and regional levels for 2024-2032. Our report has categorized the market based on product type, type, grain size, distribution channel, and application.

Breakup by Product Type:

Japan Rice Market Report

  • Regular
  • Aromatic

The report has provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the product type. This includes regular and aromatic.

Regular rice, especially polished white rice, remains indispensable in Japanese traditional cuisine as a staple food, forming the foundation of many traditional dishes such as sushi, sashimi, and rice bowls. The neutral flavor and adaptable texture of regular rice allow it to be easily combined with different food products and cooking styles. In addition, the Japanese rice is rooted in their cultural functions and traditions, serving as a symbol of nourishment, unity, and hospitality.

The aromatic rice varieties like Koshihikari are famous for their special aroma, taste and texture, making them widely used by consumers who are looking for the high quality rice. The aromatic property of these rice types serves to improve the dining experience and the flavor amount of the traditional Japanese dishes that are sushi, rice bowls, and rice-based desserts. aromatic rice is favored by discerning consumers who value authenticity, heritage, and culinary excellence, aligning with Japan's rich cultural heritage and gastronomic traditions.

Breakup by Type:

  • Red Rice
  • Arborio Rice
  • Black Rice
  • Grain Fragrance Rice
  • Brown Rice
  • Rosematta Rice
  • Grain Parboiled Rice
  • Sushi Rice
  • Others

A detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the type have also been provided in the report. This includes red rice, arborio rice, black rice, grain fragrance rice, brown rice, Rosematta rice, grain parboiled rice, sushi rice, and others.

The Japanese red rice, also called akamai is a cultural heritage and an integral part of traditional Japanese cooking. Due to its uncommon reddish-brown color and nutty flavor, it becomes the choice for consumers who are looking for unique and exciting rice varieties. Furthermore, red rice is valued for its nutritional profile, containing higher levels of antioxidants, fiber, and minerals compared to white rice. As consumers are becoming more aware about the health, red rice is favored for its perceived health benefits and the good nutritional qualities.

Arborio rice is gradually becoming the first option rice for making risotto, the famous Italian dish in Japan. Japanese individuals are embracing risotto as a flavorful and comforting meal, and the fact that arborio rice can absorb all the flavors while retaining a firm with creamy texture makes it a well-suited for risotto. Besides risotto, arborio rice is also adaptable to other Japanese dishes like rice-based salads, sushi rolls and rice puddings providing a different breadth of flavors.

Black rice is famous for its amazing nutritional value, as it gives a higher number of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals as compared to the white rice types. The black rice gains popularity nowadays as more consumers are looking for healthier options alternatives to traditional white rice. Besides, the rice's distinctive color and nutty taste offer a sensory experience that sets it apart from other rice varieties, appealing to consumers' culinary curiosity and desire for novelty.

Breakup by Grain size:

  • Long Grain
  • Medium Grain
  • Short Grain

The report has provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the grain size. This includes long grain, medium grain, and short grain.

Long grain rice varieties like Koshihikari are often grown domestically in Japan, benefiting from the country's stringent quality standards, meticulous cultivation practices, and rich agricultural heritage. This domestic production ensures a steady supply of high-quality long grain rice to meet the robust demand from consumers and foodservice establishments across Japan. Furthermore, the popularity of Japanese cuisine worldwide is contributing to the recognition and consumption of long grain rice across the globe.

Medium grain rice is valued for its aesthetic appeal, with its glossy appearance enhancing the visual presentation of meals. The cultural significance attached to medium grain rice, combined with its exceptional taste and texture, is cementing its position as the preferred choice among Japanese consumers. Additionally, the high demand for medium grain rice is boosting innovation and improvement in cultivation techniques, further solidifying its market leadership position.

Breakup by Distribution Channel:

  • Offline Stores
  • Online Stores

A detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the distribution channel have also been provided in the report. This includes offline stores and online stores.

Offline stores such as supermarkets, grocery stores, and specialized rice shops are primary channels for purchasing rice in Japan. This preference for offline shopping is rooted in cultural norms and consumer habits, where individual value personal interactions, trust the quality of products, and the convenience of physical storefronts. Consumers in Japan prioritize freshness and authenticity when selecting rice preferring to inspect and pick grains in person. Besides this, offline stores offer a broad variety of rice brands, grades, and specialty rice varieties tailored as per consumer preferences and needs.

The convenience and accessibility offered by online shopping platforms have significantly contributed to their popularity among consumers. With the proliferation of e-commerce platforms and mobile applications, consumers can easily browse, compare, and purchase a wide variety of rice products from the comfort of their homes or on the go. Additionally, online stores provide a diverse selection of rice varieties, including regional specialties and premium brands, catering to the discerning preferences of consumers seeking quality and authenticity.

Breakup by Application:

  • Food
  • Feed
  • Others

The report has provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the application. This includes food, feed, and others.

Rice is deeply ingrained in Japanese culture and cuisine, serving as a staple food and an essential component of traditional dishes such as sushi, sashimi, and onigiri. Its versatile nature allows rice to be incorporated into a wide variety of recipes, from savory main courses to sweet desserts, making it a ubiquitous ingredient in Japanese cooking. Furthermore, rice-based products, including rice crackers, rice cakes, and rice noodles, enjoy widespread popularity among consumers of all ages.

Rice, particularly broken rice and rice bran, serves as a valuable feed ingredient for various livestock, including poultry, swine, and cattle. The nutritional composition of rice by-products makes them an attractive option for animal feed, providing essential carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, and minerals. Additionally, rice by-products are often more affordable and readily available compared to other feed grains, making them preferred choices for feed manufacturers and livestock producers.

The others category includes value-added rice products such as rice flour, rice bran oil, and rice-based snacks, which have witnessed increasing demand as consumers seek out healthier and more innovative food options. The broad range of offerings within the others segment reflects the dynamic nature of the Japanese rice market, where producers and retailers continually innovate to meet evolving consumer demands and preferences for diverse rice products beyond traditional polished white rice.

Breakup by Region:

Japan Rice Market Report

  • Kanto Region
  • Kinki Region
  • Central/ Chubu Region
  • Kyushu-Okinawa Region
  • Tohoku Region
  • Chugoku Region
  • Hokkaido Region
  • Shikoku Region

The report has also provided a comprehensive analysis of all the major markets in the Japan/country, which include Kanto Region, Kinki Region, Central/ Chubu Region, Kyushu-Okinawa Region, Tohoku Region, Chugoku Region, Hokkaido Region, and Shikoku Region.

The Kanto region encompasses a significant portion of Japan's population and economic activity. This densely populated area has a strong demand for rice, driven by its status as a staple food in Japanese cuisine and culture. Besides this, the Kanto region is historically renowned for its rice production, benefiting from fertile plains, suitable climate conditions, and advanced agricultural infrastructure. The region's proximity to major distribution networks and consumer markets further enhances its position as a hub for rice cultivation and distribution.

The Kinki Region has a rich agricultural tradition and favorable climatic conditions that are well-suited for rice cultivation. The region's fertile plains, ample rainfall, and temperate climate provide optimal growing conditions for rice, allowing farmers to achieve high yields and produce quality crops. Additionally, the Kinki Region is home to some of Japan's most renowned rice-producing prefectures, including Hyogo, Kyoto, and Shiga, which are known for cultivating premium rice varieties, such as Koshihikari.

Central/Chubu region encompasses major rice-producing prefectures, such as Niigata, Toyama, Ishikawa, Fukui, and Shizuoka, which are known for their fertile plains, suitable climate, and long-standing agricultural traditions. The combination of favorable natural conditions and expertise in rice cultivation has enabled these prefectures to consistently yield high-quality rice varieties, including renowned brands like Koshihikari and Sasanishiki.

Competitive Landscape:

  • The market research report has also provided a comprehensive analysis of the competitive landscape in the market.
  • Key players are investing in research and development (R&D) activities to improve cultivation techniques and increase yields. They are also implementing rigorous quality control measures to ensure the consistency and safety of their rice products. Besides this, many companies are promoting their rice brands through various marketing channels to differentiate their products and increase market share. They are expanding their product portfolios to include a variety of rice-based products beyond traditional polished rice. Several key manufacturers are focusing on expanding their distribution networks to reach a wider consumer base.

Japan Rice Market Report Scope:

Report Features Details
Base Year of the Analysis 2023
 Historical Period 2018-2023
Forecast Period 2024-2032
Units US$ Billion
Scope of the Report Exploration of Historical Trends and Market Outlook, Industry Catalysts and Challenges, Segment-Wise Historical and Future Market Assessment:
  • Product Type
  • Type
  • Grain Size
  • Distribution Channel
  • Application
  • Region 
Product Types Covered Regular, Aromatic
Types Covered Red Rice, Arborio Rice, Black Rice, Grain Fragrance Rice, Brown Rice, Rosematta Rice, Grain Parboiled Rice, Sushi Rice, Others
Grain Sizes Covered Long Grain, Medium Grain, Short Grain
Distribution channels Covered Offline Stores, Online Stores
Applications Covered Food, Feed, Others
Regions Covered Kanto Region, Kinki Region, Central/ Chubu Region, Kyushu-Okinawa Region, Tohoku Region, Chugoku Region, Hokkaido Region, and Shikoku Region
Customization Scope 10% Free Customization
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Key Questions Answered in This Report:

  • How has the Japan rice market performed so far, and how will it perform in the coming years?
  • What has been the impact of COVID-19 on the market?
  • What is the breakup of the market on the basis of product type?
  • What is the breakup of the market on the basis of type?
  • What is the breakup of the market on the basis of grain size?
  • What is the breakup of the market on the basis of distribution channel?
  • What is the breakup of the market on the basis of application?
  • What is the breakup of the market on the basis of region?
  • What are the various stages in the value chain of the market?
  • What are the key driving factors and challenges in the market?
  • What is the structure of the market, and who are the key players?
  • What is the degree of competition in the Japan rice market?

Key Benefits for Stakeholders:

  • IMARC’s industry report offers a comprehensive quantitative analysis of various market segments, historical and current market trends, market forecasts, and dynamics of the Japan rice market from 2018-2032.
  • The research report provides the latest information on the market drivers, challenges, and opportunities in the Japan rice market.
  • The study maps the leading, as well as the fastest-growing, markets. It further enables stakeholders to identify the key country-level markets within the regi
  • Porter's five forces analysis assists stakeholders in assessing the impact of new entrants, competitive rivalry, supplier power, buyer power, and the threat of substitution. It helps stakeholders to analyze the level of competition within the rice industry in Japan and its attractiveness.
  • The competitive landscape allows stakeholders to understand their competitive environment and provides an insight into the current positions of key players in the market.

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