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The pond scum that may one day fuel planes

Jul 8, 2015

The pond scum that may one day fuel planes

The future of Japan’s biofuel industry may be pond scum. Or more specifically, green algae that’s swirling around in tanks on a tropical Okinawan island. That’s what Mitsuru Izumo and his company Euglena Co. are counting on anyway. After 10 years developing the algae ...

Ramen dividends: Holders of some firms' shares fancy 'yutai' gifts

Feb 22, 2015

Ramen dividends: Holders of some firms' shares fancy 'yutai' gifts

Many stock investors collect dividends. Hiroto Kiritani, however, collects melons. And ramen noodles, McDonald’s hamburgers, the clothes on his back, anything, really, that Japanese companies send him, gratis, just for owning their stock. Kiritani, 65, is a big-time player in an obscure corner of ...

94% plunge shows 'Abenomics' is losing global investors

Dec 29, 2014

94% plunge shows 'Abenomics' is losing global investors

Foreign investors have had just about enough of “Abenomics.” After pumping record amounts of cash into Japanese shares last year, they’ve hardly added to holdings in 2014. Inflows are down 94 percent this year to ¥898 billion, on pace for the smallest annual amount ...