Japan Focus – Animal Welfare Trend Comes to Japan’s Automakers

On June 8, the cross party Animal Welfare Congressional Alliance submitted a request to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida for the second time, following the U.S., for an International Agreement to Prohibit the Eating of Dogs and Cats.

NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) reported a movement in Japan concerning animal welfare, that Japanese automakers are adopting seats and other products made of plant-derived materials that take animal welfare into consideration.

Cloth fabrics are widely used for automobile seats, but animal skins such as leather have been used for seats in luxury cars.

In recent years, awareness of animal welfare has increased, and even automakers have finally begun to choose animal friendly materials.

The fashion industry, and then automakers, are likely to continue to accelerate their animal welfare awareness.