Masumi Suga

For Masumi Suga's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Nov 28, 2016

Paper made from stone tempts Japan's top printer to invest

The nation’s biggest printing company is funding a startup that makes paper out of rock, in a bid to diversify into new materials and as environmental concerns push companies to seek more sustainable products. Toppan Printing Co., the nation’s largest by sales, will form ...

Nippon Steel's tough year raises threat of Japan trade barriers

Oct 11, 2016

Nippon Steel's tough year raises threat of Japan trade barriers

A difficult year just keeps getting tougher for Japan’s steelmakers, raising the possibility that the world’s second-biggest producer could join the ranks of nations that have raised trade barriers to cheaper imports. Forced to contend with an unprecedented glut of metal on export markets, ...

Steel king NSSMC cedes crown to Arcelor as yen soars

Aug 5, 2016

Steel king NSSMC cedes crown to Arcelor as yen soars

Japan’s biggest steel maker is top of the pile no more, as a resurgent yen hands a competitive advantage to overseas rivals amid an unprecedented global glut. Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. has been overtaken as the world’s most valuable producer by Europe’s ...

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 ...

Sep 30, 2014

Volcanoes may be next obstacle for Japan's atomic power industry

The deadly volcanic eruption of Mount Ontake over the weekend may strengthen the argument of activists campaigning to keep the country’s 48 reactors shut. Japan’s atomic plants are offline for safety checks as a result of the earthquake and tsunami that caused the meltdown ...