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Japan steelmaker restarts exports to China as demand surges

Tokyo Steel delivers metal to China for the first time in decade on infrastructure boom

Tokyo Steel's Tahara works near Nagoya. (Photo by Junichi Taki)

TOKYO -- Japanese steelmaker Tokyo Steel has resumed steel exports to China for the first time in 10 years, Nikkei has learned, thanks to surging demand for the metal due to a flurry of infrastructure projects in the country.

Chinese imports of steel materials in July tripled to 2.61 million tons from a year ago, pushing up their prices worldwide. China has pumped money into the economy to combat the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, which has led to a surge in infrastructure projects.

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