Japan produced 8.07 million tonnes of crude steel in May, up 7.9% month on month but down 4.2% from the previous year, showed data from the Japan Iron and Steel Federation.
In the month, Japan's production of common steel products increased 8.7% month on month but fell 2.6% year on year to 6.29 million tonnes; the output of special steel products reached 1.78 million tonnes, up 5.3% over the month prior but down 9.4% year on year.
In May, Japan's steel output by converters rose 8.7% on the month but fell 6.3% year on year to 5.94 million tonnes; steel output by electric furnaces hit 2.13 million tonnes, rising 5.8% from April and 2% from the year prior.
Japan's hot-rolled steel coils production rose 10.2% month on month but dipped 0.9% year on year to 3.32 million tonnes; H-beam production was 334,000 tonnes, rising 11.6% month on month and 4.6% year on year.
In May, Japan's pig iron output climbed 7.2% over a month ago but fell 6.8% on the year to 5.71 million tonnes, data showed.
In January-May, Japan produced a total of 38.55 million tonnes of crude steel, down 3.5% on the year; and 27.78 million tonnes of pig iron, down 5.5%.
(Writing by Rebecca Liu Editing by Tammy Yang)
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