Ichiro Suzuki

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

Japan's trading houses trying to beat U.S. to Cuba

Jun 7, 2016

Japan's trading houses trying to beat U.S. to Cuba

Japan’s largest trading houses are positioning themselves in Cuba before any easing of U.S. sanctions, seeking opportunities in infrastructure, resources and automobiles as Havana emerges from near-isolation. Mitsubishi Corp., the nation’s largest trader, opened an office this month in Havana and is currently researching ...

/ Aug 11, 2015

Mitsui, GE sign cost-cutting mining pact as prices tumble

Mitsui & Co., Japan’s largest trader of iron ore and oil, will partner with General Electric Co. in exploring ways to cut costs on mining operations amid the decline in commodity prices. The initial accord will also study potential cooperation on increasing efficiencies and ...

/ 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 ...