I'm a Japanese shooter.
Most of shot shells in Japan are US or EU brand. WinAA, Rem gunclub, Rio, Fiocchi, Kemen are pretty common.
There is only one (or two) domestic shot shell plant, but I believe their price are too high to export to outside Japan. We usually pay around $100+ for any brand one 12GA case.
Unfortunately, we can't reload shotshell because of material cost and law issue.
Reloading cost is much higher than factory ammo. Shot bag (25lb) cost is over $100, Wads/Powder/Primer probably at least 4~5 times higher than US,
and we can't keep them many in house. i.e, Maximum storage of ammo by law is 800pcs. I wished it's a bad joke...
tsuki, Thank You for the update of shooting in your country!!! Its always good to hear of shooters in other parts of the world that enjoy the shooting sports. I am glad to hear that the shooting sports are alive and hopefully doing well over there. Are there many shooters at your club? Break-em all. Jeff
Yes, this site is great. I've been getting many good information from here.
As you know, guns are expensive in Japan. Maybe 50%~200% higher than US price.
We can buy shotguns and rifles, but pistols (include CO2 BB gun!).
We can keep them at home, but must keep in gunsafe. Ammo, too.
If police found the gun which is not in the safe, they took guns and license.
Thank you for your kindness. I hate to say but there are not many shooters in Japan. Some shooting ranges were closed this year. Complaint of pollution, Noise issue, Labor cost, and Severe gun control year by year. Same as other countries.
But! we don't give up!
tsuki, we have the same problems here as well. Maybe not so much with the gun control Yet! We have a few clubs close every year with little to no new ones opening to take there places. If we all can teach just 2 people to shoot and enjoy the sport we can grow. Shoot strait and often. Break-em all. Jeff