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 ...