Jan 6, 2011

Sumitomo to double water biz workers

Sumitomo Corp. will double the head count of its global water division within seven years in a bid to boost the size of its water assets eightfold through investment and acquisitions. Japan’s third-biggest trading house plans to hire and transfer internally to expand the ...

Dec 2, 2009

Amano faces defiant Tehran, Pyongyang

, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, speaks with Malaysia’s Mohd Arshad bin Monzoor Hussein, chairman of the IAEA’s Board of Governors, as departing IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei looks on at Vienna’s International Center on Friday. AP PHOTO Amano, 62, handled ...

IPO eyed for Showa Shell solar-panel unit

Sep 9, 2009

IPO eyed for Showa Shell solar-panel unit

Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. is considering selling shares in a solar-panel unit to fund an expansion of its renewable energy business and cut reliance on fuel sales. Shares in Showa Shell Solar K.K. may be sold either in Japan or overseas, Chairman Shigeya Kato ...

TCI learned the hard way via J-Power play

Jul 31, 2009

TCI learned the hard way via J-Power play

It was a crisp day in November 2005 when hedge fund manager John Ho entered Electric Power Development Co.’s headquarters in Tokyo, betting Japan’s corporate attitudes were ripe for change. Ho, then director of Asia-Pacific investments at the Children’s Investment Fund Management UK LLP, ...

Mar 17, 2009

Firms face call for outside directors

The government may require publicly traded companies to hire outside directors to enhance corporate governance standards as the Nikkei average trades near two-decade lows. A 20-member panel led by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry aims to unveil a plan in June that ...

Mar 7, 2009

Battery deal sought with EU

Japan will seek an agreement with the European Union to jointly develop solar cells and new ultralight batteries for electric cars that can deliver three times the power of current technology, a Japanese official said Thursday, prior to a meeting that began Friday. The ...

Sudan abuses may spur oil ban; utilities probe impact

Nov 17, 2007

Sudan abuses may spur oil ban; utilities probe impact

The trade ministry is studying the effect of a possible ban on Sudanese oil imports, anticipating increased public pressure to halt trade with the African nation because of concern about human rights abuses, officials said. The world’s second-largest oil importer would become the first ...