Japan produced 7.34 million tonnes of crude steel in August, up 0.2% month on month but down 7.4%from the previous year, showed data from the Japan Iron and Steel Federation.
In the month, Japan's production of common steel products decreased 0.6% month on month and 7.1% year on year to 5.61 million tonnes; the output of special steel products reached 1.73 million tonnes, up 3.1% over the month prior but down 8.4% year on year.
In August, Japan's steel output by converters increased 4.2% on the month but fell 8.6% year on year to 5.58 million tonnes; steel output by electric furnaces hit 1.76 million tonnes, falling 10.6% from July and 3.5% from the year prior.
Japan's hot-rolled steel coils production climbed 7.6% month on month but declined 11.6% year on year to 3.01 million tonnes; H-beam production was 315,000 tonnes, rising 7.8% month on month and 8.5% year on year.
In August, Japan's pig iron output rose 2.9% over a month ago but fell 8.5% on the year to 5.42 million tonnes, data showed.
In January-August, Japan produced a total of 60.66 million tonnes of crude steel, down 5.2% on the year; and 43.72 million tonnes of pig iron, down 7.1%.
(Writing by Rebecca Liu Editing by Tammy Yang)
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