Japan’s mining industry suffered its worst year-on-year performance in more than two decades in 2016.
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said on Thursday that its annual report on mining industry output was down 6% in the 12 months to December.
The ministry said the mining industry’s output fell 6.9% in 2015 and 7.7% in 2014.
The mining industry was a key contributor to the country’s economic recovery in 2015, with an increase in output of 4.6% and a decrease of 3.2% in output in 2014, according to the ministry.
The country’s mining sector is still in the midst of the global mining boom, but the industry is still suffering from the effects of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
The Japan Mining Association (JMA), the countrys biggest mining association, has also said that production at mines across the country will be limited by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant shutdown.