Journal of MMIJ
Online ISSN : 1884-0450
Print ISSN : 1881-6118
ISSN-L : 1881-6118
  • 大塚 尚寛
    2022 年 138 巻 5 号 p. 60-69
    発行日: 2022/05/31
    公開日: 2022/05/13
    ジャーナル オープンアクセス

    Aggregate is important as a basic material that supports Japan's industrial economy, along with steel, cement, wood, and non-ferrous metals as construction materials for civil engineering and construction. After the Great East Japan Earthquake, the importance of aggregate as a basic material was reaffirmed, and the demand for aggregate is currently in a slight increase or leveling off, and the annual production has been around 380 million tons. In this review, overviewing the transition of aggregate production in Japan from the viewpoint of aggregate resources, the current issues and future prospects are explained. It mentions the shift to mining method in harmony with the environment to enable sustainable development on the premise of coexistence with the region, which is an important issue in the mining and production of aggregate. Then, it will be described that trends such as the construction of smart mining system that utilize ICT, IoT, AI, etc. with the aim of responding to labor shortages due to the declining birthrate, aging population, and the advent of a declining population.