Ichiro Suzuki

For Ichiro Suzuki's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Jun 23, 2015

Itochu exits U.S. shale foray with $1 sale

Itochu Corp. ended its $1 billion foray into U.S. shale by selling its 25 percent stake in Samson Resources Corp. back to Samson for $1. The sale reverses the Japanese trading company’s biggest purchase of an energy asset when it was made in 2011. ...

Apr 27, 2015

Writedowns put Japan's trading houses in tough spot

The country’s top five trading houses have announced more than ¥570 billion in asset writedowns, or about half the net income the firms expect to report for last year. And that’s probably not the end of it. “It’d be no surprise” to see Mitsui ...

Jul 2, 2013

Komatsu debuts automated dozers

Komatsu Ltd., the world’s second-biggest maker of construction equipment, has begun sales of automated bulldozers in the United States, the home turf of bigger rival Caterpillar Inc., in a bid to keep pace with global competitors. The firm plans to sell as many as ...

Mar 13, 2010

Mitsui, Marubeni target lucrative water market

Trading houses Mitsui & Co. and Marubeni Corp. plan to up investments in water projects to benefit from global spending forecast to reach $1.2 trillion by 2025. “We now have the knowhow to take the lead on projects, allowing us to move into the ...

Apr 16, 2009

Mitsui eyes raw materials projects overseas

Mitsui & Co., the nation’s second-largest trading house, may increase overseas investment in new projects to secure raw materials after prices dropped, competing with China and South Korea for resources. The financial crisis has forced some investment funds to sell off assets, increasing opportunities, ...

Jan 16, 2008

SMFG turns to alliances with Asian banks

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc. will target alliances with Asian banks, including Malaysia’s RHB Capital Bhd., to boost income as domestic lending falls. “We have a close relationship with RHB and are considering what kind of business we can do together,” President Teisuke Kitayama, ...