As Japan is an island nation, it is hugely dependant on the sea. It is also one of the world’s great maritime traders thanks to its reliable and efficient shipping, advanced engineering capacity, and its top-quality maritime research. The top three global shipping companies, K Line, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and MOL, are all from Japan. The sector remains a high-cost economy but the sophistication and high quality of Japanese shipyards have ensured their status as the most competitive in the world. Find out more about Japan's maritime sector below.