KENYA, Kenya — A printer at the main printing plant in central Kyoto is ready to print prints for the Japanese government, a government official said Sunday.
Japan is seeking to produce more than 400 million square feet of books in the first printing plants in Kyoto and Osaka.
The country has struggled with printing shortages and has relied on Chinese imports.
About a dozen employees at the factory in central Kyushu have been assigned to the project, said Masayuki Hirata, a senior official at the Kyoto-based printing company R&D International Inc., which has been involved in the printing process.
The printer is expected to be operational by July or August.
“We have been working for more than two years to set up the first printer in Japan and now we have a chance to put the work to good use,” Hirata told reporters.
The project is being financed by the government and the printing company.
After a five-year hiatus, Japan’s government announced last week it would print 100 million books per year starting in 2020, the highest number of books produced since the 1930s.
In September, the country launched a digital printing program that allows for instant, free printing of textbooks and other publications, in addition to books.