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Refiners Idemistu and Showa Shell in talks for tie-up

| Dec 22, 2014

Refiners Idemistu and Showa Shell in talks for tie-up

Shares in Japanese refiners surged on Monday after two of the largest said they were discussing a tie-up, as falling demand for fuels spurs the industry to consider consolidation. Idemitsu Kosan Co., Japan’s third-biggest refiner by capacity, and Showa Shell Sekiyu KK, the fifth-ranked ...

Aug 19, 2013

Hanford offers Tepco lesson in cleaning up Fukushima

Hanford Engineer Works produced the 9 kg of plutonium for the bomb dropped on Nagasaki. It’s among the most toxic nuclear waste sites and the place Japan is turning to for help dealing with the melted reactors in Fukushima. Tokyo Electric Power Co. has ...

Tepco minutes reveal staff exodus concerns

Jun 19, 2013

Tepco minutes reveal staff exodus concerns

Tokyo Electric Power Co. executives spent dozens of meetings fretting about the utility’s future as hundreds of younger employees quit over salary cuts after the Fukushima No. 1 reactor meltdowns, according to minutes obtained by Bloomberg News. “The company could quickly deteriorate” as workers ...

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 ...

Cheap tolls may worsen traffic jams

Apr 29, 2009

Cheap tolls may worsen traffic jams

Prime Minister Taro Aso’s economic stimulus measures are about to unleash the nation’s worst highway traffic jams, toll operators and police say. Aso’s ¥5 trillion spending program announced in October included discounted expressway charges on holidays. As workers prepare for Wednesday’s start of Golden ...

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 ...