SAP demand increasing in Japan.
Domestic demand for superabsorbent polymers in Japan was 137,577
tons in 2008, a 5.3% increase compared to the previous year. Exports
also increased, 6.2% to 299,154 tons. Although the growth in export
demand decreased largely from 31% growth recorded in 2007, demand from
emerging markets of China, Eastern Europe and South America is
increased. Meanwhile, domestic demand has remained steady as decreased
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