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Reactor closures to test Abe's green energy pledges

Apr 12, 2015

Reactor closures to test Abe's green energy pledges

Japan’s plan to mothball at least five aging nuclear reactors highlights the challenge Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces as his administration debates how to replace lost electricity generation with power sources that are cheap, clean and safe. The decision announced by the reactors’ operators ...

Return of Fukushima elderly gives preview of future

| Mar 15, 2015

Return of Fukushima elderly gives preview of future

The nation honored its dead last week from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Tohoku’s Pacific coastline on March 11 four years ago. For those who have spent those years helping survivors in Tohoku, the experience has thrown up the challenge of how to ...

Refiners Idemistu and Showa Shell in talks for tie-up

| Dec 22, 2014

Refiners Idemistu and Showa Shell in talks for tie-up

Shares in Japanese refiners surged on Monday after two of the largest said they were discussing a tie-up, as falling demand for fuels spurs the industry to consider consolidation. Idemitsu Kosan Co., Japan’s third-biggest refiner by capacity, and Showa Shell Sekiyu KK, the fifth-ranked ...

METI tells nation to stockpile toilet paper against next disaster

Aug 29, 2014

METI tells nation to stockpile toilet paper against next disaster

Bureaucrats don’t want Japan to get caught with its pants down the next time toilet paper supplies run short after a natural disaster. That’s why the government is rolling out its latest public-awareness campaign, titled “Let’s Stockpile Toilet Paper,” which involves an exhibition on ...

Contractors feeling impact of 'Abenomics'

Apr 30, 2014

Contractors feeling impact of 'Abenomics'

The construction industry is raising wages and selling bonds as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s stimulus policies cause labor shortages and a need for funds. Obayashi Corp., the country’s second-largest contractor by market value, raised ¥10 billion in a sale last Friday of five-year bonds ...

BOJ misfire seen in regional banks' turn to aircraft loans

Jan 22, 2014

BOJ misfire seen in regional banks' turn to aircraft loans

Chugoku Bank Ltd. wants to get into the global airline debt market after loans to local businesses fell for a fourth straight year. “It’s the same everywhere: loans aren’t increasing and margins aren’t good,” Eriko Manabe, who works on the bank’s overseas lending, said ...

Lixil mulls another overseas takeover

Jan 8, 2014

Lixil mulls another overseas takeover

Lixil Group Corp., which agreed to buy bathroom-fixture makers American Standard Brands and Grohe Group last year, is studying another overseas acquisition to boost revenue from emerging markets. The planned deal will help Tokyo-based Lixil achieve its target of increasing sales from emerging markets ...