Masumi Suga

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

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 ...

Hitachi CEO open to deeper ties, merger talks with Mitsubishi Heavy

Jul 25, 2014

Hitachi CEO open to deeper ties, merger talks with Mitsubishi Heavy

Hitachi Ltd.’s chief executive officer said he’s open to deeper ties, which could include merger talks, with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., after the equipment makers failed in their bid for Alstom SA’s power business. “We’ve built a relationship with them to talk frankly” about ...

Kawasaki to take on Korean rivals with LNG tankers made in China

Jun 25, 2014

Kawasaki to take on Korean rivals with LNG tankers made in China

Shipbuilder Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. plans to construct gas carriers abroad as it strives to lower costs and take back market share from Korean rivals. At present currency levels, the company’s Chinese ventures are more cost competitive than Korean shipyards, Akio Murakami, head of ...

Renewables get raked over coals under Abe

| Apr 14, 2014

Renewables get raked over coals under Abe

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing the coal industry to expand sales at home and abroad, undermining hopes among environmentalists that he’d use the Fukushima nuclear disaster to switch the nation to renewables. A new energy plan approved by the Cabinet on Friday designates ...

Reactors still feared despite new rules

Mar 11, 2014

Reactors still feared despite new rules

The cost of restarting Japan’s nuclear power plants: ¥1.3 trillion and counting. That is the amount power companies have committed so far on thousands of tons of reinforced concrete and steel, armies of workers, tsunami walls and seismic tests. It has all been to ...

Jan 2, 2014

Komatsu bets on local concrete boom as global mining sales falter

Construction equipment maker Komatsu Ltd. expects spending on disaster reconstruction and prevention, as well as preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, to boost earnings in its home market. The Abe administration approved a disaster-prevention bill last month as part of an election commitment ...

Tepco bonds a safe bet now: Nomura

Dec 17, 2013

Tepco bonds a safe bet now: Nomura

Nomura Holdings Inc. is urging investors buy Tokyo Electric Power Co. bonds after a report that the government plans to cap the utility’s cleanup costs at the wrecked Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. The yield premium on Tepco’s 1.155 percent notes due in ...

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 ...

Dec 5, 2007

Airbus to order more than 5% of parts for A350 from Japan

Airbus SAS, the world’s largest commercial plane maker, plans to order more than 5 percent of parts and material for its new A350 jetliner from suppliers in Japan, seeking a foothold in a market dominated by Boeing Co. Airbus is in talks with Teijin ...